What is it?
The Puma is Ford’s second crack at a compact SUV — the first is the marginally smaller Ecosport, now six years old — and it has been making plenty of waves since it hit the market a couple of months ago.
As well as grabbing generous helpings of buyer interest it has already collared the coveted What Car? Car of the Year award. In truth, it could hardly be more different from the Ecosport: its combination of great styling, a well designed interior, a simple but impressive spec and an ideal size, looks like sending Ford’s latest offering straight to the top of the baby SUV class.
Yet there are questions. Ford currently offers only two three-cylinder mild hybrid (MHEV) petrol powertrains: 123bhp and 153bhp. Choose the former and you'll save £750, but is it a better idea to spend the extra money? The other tricky choice is between the Puma range’s three distinct models, which offer three wheel and suspension combinations: 17in wheels and compliant suspension for the Titanium, 17in wheels and sports suspension for the ST-Line and 18in wheels, again with sports suspension, for the ST-Line X. Which setup gives the best blend of handling and ride comfort?