How Did The Ford Puma Get Crowned Best Car 2020?

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The Ford Puma has had quite a roller coaster existence since it was first produced in 1997.

It spent the first four years of its life as a three-door passenger coupe with front-wheel drive and four seats. Just like the first-generation Ford Ka it came under the ‘New Edge’ family, which was the name given to small sport hatchbacks from the ’90s and 2000s.

Having only been sold in Europe and with just 1,000 models produced, the Puma was discontinued in 2001. However, the fifth largest automaker in the world resurrected the car in 2019. Although this caused quite a buzz from drivers at the time, perhaps the latest news that the Puma has scooped the acclaimed What Car? Car of the Year award for 2020 is even more eyebrow-raising. So, what exactly does the new Puma have on board which secured it this feat? Read on to find out.

Ford Puma in numbers

  • 456 litres of boot space – best in its class with additional underfloor storage which can be used for more bags or tall items.
  • 52.3mpg fuel economy – more efficient than rivals Audi Q2 (40mpg) and Skoda Kamiq (49.6mpg).
  • 96g/km CO2 emissions – less polluting than the Q2 (124g/km CO2) and Kamiq (116g/km CO2).
  • 15 convenience/advanced safety features as standard.
  • £20,000£23,000 asking price – one of the cheapest crossover/small SUVs on the market.

Features

One of the main factors separating the Puma from its rivals is the generous amount of kit which has been packed into the entry-level Titanium model.

As the numbers above highlight, there’s an unbelievable 15 different technology functions in the car which are for driver convenience and safety for everyone on board.

Here’s the full list:

  1. Rear parking sensors
  2. Tyre pressure monitoring system
  3. Pre-collision assist with autonomous emergency braking, pedestrian/cyclist detection and post-collision braking
  4. Lumbar massage seats for driver and front passenger
  5. Automatic headlights with rain-sensing wipers and auto high beam
  6. Cornering headlights
  7. Electronic air temperature control
  8. Quickclear heated windscreen
  9. Selectable drive modes – Normal, Eco, Sport, Slippery and Trail
  10. Hill start assist
  11. Electronic stability control
  12. Wireless charging pad
  13. Cruise control
  14. Lane keeping aid
  15. Lane departure warning

This can all be yours for just £192 per month with a Puma lease deal from Moneyshake.

Engines

There are three engines to choose from for your new Puma, including two mild-hybrid units and a standard 1.0-litre petrol. They all use Ford’s EcoBoost technology which means are turbocharged yet return a considerable number of miles to the gallon.

We used the WLTP (Worldwide Harmonised Light Vehicle Test Procedure) figures above for the combustion option and it had an incredibly savvy 52.3mpg. Don’t be fooled by its economical stats though, because it also packs a punch thanks to it having 123bhp, a top speed of 119mph and ability to do 0-62mph in 9.8 seconds.

How does this compare to the hybrid alternatives? Well, there are two power outputs available to choose from – the comparison of which you can see in the table below.

Infotainment

Right from the off you get very good media technology in the Ford Puma. Base Titanium models get the latest Ford Sync 3 system. It includes DAB radio, an 8″ infotainment touchscreen display, smartphone compatibility through Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, hands-free calling and a satnav.

If you want more from your car’s tech then the mid-range ST-Line model will throw in a 12.3″ digital instrument cluster for the driver controls. This will modernise the speedometer, fuel gauge and rev counter. On top of this, you’ll even be shown traffic signs as and when you enter zones with speed restrictions or warning indicators.

Top-level ST-Line X models have the same system but back it up with a premium B&O audio system for crisper sounding audio.

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