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Ford ‘s new small SUV – the Puma, simply fun to drive

David Berthon

Driving another new entry in the light SUV class today – the Ford Puma, a three- model front wheel drive range sourced from Europe, all powered by a 1.0-litre three-cylinder turbocharged engine driving through a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic. And it’s the first urban SUV from Ford to include five selectable drive modes – Normal, Sport, Eco, Slippery and Trail,  Dearer to the Kia Stonic SUV I spoke of a few weeks back, the Ford Puma spans $31,490 to $36,490 drive-away.

Ford have done a good job, despite the dearer pricing, it’s highly spec’d – all three variants get a comprehensive suite of active safety gear, it has 5-Star ANCAP safety rating, has autonomous emergency braking with pedestrian detection, there’s tyre pressure monitoring, rear parking sensors and cruise control but no rear seat air vents  and no passenger seat height adjuster.

Excellent front seat legroom and width although like most light SUV’s rear legroom is tight and best for kids. I tested the top-line Puma ST-line V, sportier to the base model with tighter suspension, and one inch larger 18- inch alloy wheels and well shod with 215/50 series tyres. And it gets some nice comfort inclusions like leather accentuated seats, a hands-free power tailgate and high quality B and O 10-speaker sound. But the high point of the Ford Puma is in the driving which I explain in my next segment.

I’m David Berthon

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