Ford has landed what might be its biggest achievement in more than a decade with the new Puma. It has succeeded where other manufacturers have failed and has furnished the still-growing and all-important compact crossover market with a car that represents the company’s long-standing core strengths brilliantly.
The Puma has really distinguishing design appeal and, for its handling deportment and its universal driver appeal, it rises above the standards of its peers even more clearly. As our test car also proved, you don’t need the most powerful engine or sportiest trim to experience the car at its dynamic best; and you needn’t accept compromises to practicality, refinement or ride comfort in exchange for any of its dynamic strengths.
Much as the completeness of its dynamic performance impresses, the Puma is just a little bit plain and ordinary in terms of on-board technology and perceived quality and it doesn’t excel for fuel economy quite as you might imagine a modern hybrid might; so it misses a five-star score. But this is unquestionably our new number one crossover – and we’ve been waiting a long time for it.