Although the Puma may appear an expensive option in relation to various rivals, this isn’t the case. For one thing, all the available engines are strong and frugal, and for another, even our entry-level Titanium car came well equipped, with climate control and automatic lights among the amenities included.
However, to have the 12.3in digital instrument display, you’ll need ST-Line trim. Forecasts also predict that the Ford will have more robust residual values than even strong rivals such as the Renault Captur and Volkswagen T-Cross, and the fact that such a large proportion of the range slips under the 99g/km CO2 threshold ought to make the Puma an attractive option for company car users.
As for fuel economy – a pivotal battleground in the family crossover class – the Puma does well without managing to be exceptional. Our 123bhp hybrid returned 50mpg on the motorway and near enough 40mpg with a mix of driving for a typical driving range of 360 miles. Big-mileage owners may benefit further from the diesel Puma, which is likely to notch up nearer 60mpg on longer routes.