Ford is bringing back the Puma badge is the form of a compact SUV inspired Crossover which will bridge the gap between the small Ford EcoSport Crossover and the Kuga SUV. In actual fact it doesn’t look that much bigger than the EcoSport from the outside but does provide a sportier/funkier alterative and more interior space for passengers and storage.
The Puma was originally a coupe based on the best-selling Ford Fiesta platform which, last seen around 17 years ago and this new SUV inspired version also shares a lot of the Fiesta’s fine and proven underpinnings. In essence the Puma is a ‘jacked up’ version of the Fiesta with higher driving position, it still benefits from handling and drive that the Fiesta is famous for but with slightly stiffened up suspension and larger shock absorbers making it more capable in rugged driving conditions.
2019 Ford Puma Practicality and Space
Its feels pretty spacious in the cabin, but its real trump card is boot space, a class leading 456 litres of it to be precise. You also get the option of an electric tailgate and the boot floor can be adjusted to three different positions to vary the available space. Underneath the boot floor is 80 litres of storage with a drainage feature which is perfect for storing wet or muddy items. If you need more space you can also fold down the 60/40 split folding seats.
The Puma also provides more leg room than its sibling the EcoSport, especially in the rear, partially thanks to cleverly designed front seats the free-up some extra leg room for rear passengers.
2019 Ford Puma Interior
Inside the Puma dashboard inherits a lot of Fiesta features but with the additional of 12.3-inch colour instrument display. The centre of the dash features a familiar 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Ford’s SYNC 3 system and features like DAB radio, Bluetooth, sat nav and smartphone integration in the form of Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. Other options include a wireless smartphone charging pad and two front USB sockets.
If you’re particularly fussy about sound quality there’s also the option of a premium Banger & Olufsen sound system with 10 speakers booming out superior sound quality when listening to your music.
Other options include wi-fi hotspot, a 3-speed massage function for the front seats and a panoramic sunroof.
2019 Ford Puma Driver Aids and Tech
The Puma will offer plenty of the latest driver safety tech and aids including adaptive cruise control, an autonomous emergency braking system with pedestrian detection, blind spot monitoring and a lane keep assistant. There’s also parking sensors, a rear view parking camera and even a parking assistant.
2019 Ford Puma Engines
Ford has already pledged to include some form of hybrid or electric technology in all new models and the Puma includes mild hybrid technology.
At launch the Puma will be offered with three different variations of its multi-award winning 1.0 Ecoboost petrol engine in 94bhp, 123bhp and 154bhp power outputs. All three will be offered with mild hybrid technology with brake regeneration technology charging a 48-volt battery which helps power the car when the engine is working harder to ease the load on the petrol engine and keep running costs down, fuel economy is further aided by cylinder de-activation technology. A 1.5-litre diesel option will arrive later (sometime in 2020).
2019 Ford Puma Trim Levels
The Ford Puma will be available in three trim-levels at launch, the Zetec, Titanium and ST-Line, equipment levels should mirror or be very close to the Fiesta equivalents. Our pick is the Titanium trim-level for the extra driver tech/aids and some nice styling cues that include ‘Pearl Grey’ machined 18-inch alloy wheels and high gloss black window surrounds. The ST-Line offers enhanced sports suspension and sports styling that includes familiar ST-Line branding.
Ford say order books should be open for the 2019 all-new Ford Puma compact SUV in December.