Ford Puma 1.0 EcoBoost Hybrid 125 hp test

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Ford Puma 1.0 EcoBoost Hybrid 125 hp test




Ford Puma 1.0 EcoBoost Hybrid 125 hp test


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Ford Puma 1.0 EcoBoost Hybrid 125 hp test

Here is a model determined to occupy a prominent place in the very competitive segment of urban SUVs.

Present in the urban SUV segment for several years now with theEcoSport, Ford has not really given a hard time to the behemoths of the segment with such a divisive product aesthetically speaking, despite its some undeniable qualities.

To get back into the saddle in the highly competitive urban SUV segment, Ford had no choice but to launch a new product. This is done in 2019 with the arrival of the Puma, a small SUV with generous curves which takes up the excellent technical bases of the Ford Fiesta. Better yet, with its 4.19 meters long, it is shorter than its two French rivals, the Renault Captur (4.23 meters) and Peugeot 2008 (4.30 meters). A significant asset when you know that sometimes even the smallest centimeter counts in urban areas.



Ford Puma 1.0 EcoBoost Hybrid 125 hp test


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Ford Puma 1.0 EcoBoost Hybrid 125 hp test

Austere but technological atmosphere

On board the Ford Puma, the whole thing is pretty well presented and the majority of the dashboard is similar to that of the Fiesta. As a result, the materials are of fairly average quality compared to the Captur and the 2008, even if the assembly is correct. The whole is really too austere, it lacks a few touches of color to revive the interior and it’s rather a shame because it contrasts with the exterior design, or the designers have managed to give this Puma a rather jovial side.

Before our eyes stands a digital panel, standard or not depending on the finishes, which supports another screen, the one in the center, which controls the infotainment system. As usual with Ford, the menus are pretty well done, the ergonomics are correct and the graphics are of good quality. Despite everything, we still prefer to connect our phone via the Apple CarPlay app to have a truly optimal experience.



Ford Puma 1.0 EcoBoost Hybrid 125 hp test


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Ford Puma 1.0 EcoBoost Hybrid 125 hp test



Ford Puma 1.0 EcoBoost Hybrid 125 hp test


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Ford Puma 1.0 EcoBoost Hybrid 125 hp test

A big chest and a little surprise

In terms of habitability, the Puma is doing very well for its size, with decent rear seats that can easily accommodate two adults. The trunk benefits from a generous volume of 410 liters, dont 80 liters with the MegaBox, a plastic container incorporated under the floor that can be washable with a water jet since it has a plug to evacuate it. In other words, this is the perfect place to put your dirty stuff without worrying about washing afterwards.



Ford Puma (2020) and test


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Ford Puma (2020) and test



Ford Puma (2020) and test


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Ford Puma (2020) and test

Really hybrid?

As you can see from the title of this review, this is a Ford Hybrid. In fact not really. It is a micro-hybridization which allows assist the thermal engine during certain phases in order to reduce its consumption and polluting emissions. Thereby, you will not be able to ride in 100% electric mode with this Puma unlike a Renault Captur E-Tech for example or that a Toyota Yaris.

A 48-volt starter-alternator powered by a small lithium-ion battery delivers 16 horsepower and 50 Nm of torque during acceleration to support the 1.0-liter EcoBoost three-cylinder engine. 125 horsepower and 210 Nm. The performances are rather honorable, in particular thanks to its weight of 1205 kilos empty, with a 0 to 100 km / h shipped in 9.8 seconds.



Ford Puma 1.0 EcoBoost Hybrid 125 hp test


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Ford Puma 1.0 EcoBoost Hybrid 125 hp test

A real impact on consumption?

On the road, the contribution of micro-hybridization is barely felt since we generally noted the same fault as on the Fiesta equipped with the same engine, without micro-hybridization at the time, that is to say say a lot of vibrations at low speed. Nevertheless, the block is more flexible with rather lively raises and good approval overall.

On the consumption side, no miracle, however, we noted about 6.7 l / 100 kilometers on our test route oscillating between urban environment and secondary roads. It’s not bad for a three-cylinder but, once is not customary, we made a point of not pushing the car too much on the winding roads.



Ford Puma 1.0 EcoBoost Hybrid 125 hp test


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Ford Puma 1.0 EcoBoost Hybrid 125 hp test



Ford Puma 1.0 EcoBoost Hybrid 125 hp test


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Ford Puma 1.0 EcoBoost Hybrid 125 hp test

However, the Ford Puma is far from ridiculous in this exercise and even offers itself the luxury of playing elbows with one, if not the benchmark of the category, namely the Peugeot 2008. You immediately feel the good foundations that make the success of the Fiesta, even if the engineers have adapted the settings. In fact, the running gear has been revised and the tracks widened by 5.8 centimeters in order to compensate for the additional mass and the higher center of gravity.

Our test version benefits from a six-speed manual gearbox with fairly decent gear, but with far too long travel, which does not really encourage dynamic driving. For those preferring the automatic transmission, Ford offers a seven-speed DCT dual clutch that smooths everything out and provides better driving pleasure.

At what price ?

On the Ford website, the Puma starts from 23’100 euros, price catalogue. The brand immediately communicates on the discounted price, which actually gives us a price starting at 20’600 euros. At this price, you will be entitled to a Puma in “Titanium” finish with our 125 horsepower micro-hybrid engine.

It will take 2000 euros more for the automatic DCT-7. If you want a faster engine, a 155 horsepower petrol unit is also available, as is the ST version which has just been revealed and which stands out with its 1.5-liter three-cylinder pushed to 200 horsepower. Only one diesel is offered, in this case a four-cylinder 120 horsepower.



Ford Puma 1.0 EcoBoost Hybrid 125 hp test


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Ford Puma 1.0 EcoBoost Hybrid 125 hp test

What conclusions can we draw from it?

The Ford Puma is a car that is largely well equipped to shade the stars of the segment, starting with the Peugeot 2008, a little more expensive than the American, or the Renault Captur which is at the same prices as our Puma at equivalent level of equipment.

Among the twenty urban SUVs offered today on the market, the Puma is clearly at the top of the basket with its rather atypical style and above all excellent dynamic skills on the road. It only remains for it to brighten up its interior a bit and the copy will be almost perfect.

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Good pointsNegative points
Driving pleasureAustere interior atmosphere
Generous chestManual gearbox with too long travel
Price rather contained in view of the servicesLow-speed engine vibration
Ford Puma
MotorizationEcoBoost gasoline, 3 cylinders in line, 999 cm³, turbo
Power125 horsepower
Couple maximum210 Nm
TransmissionSix-speed manual transmission
Transmission typeTraction
0-100 km / h9.8 seconds
Maximum speed191 km / h
Length4,19 meters
Width1.81 meter
Height1.54 meter
Weight1205 kg (empty)
Trunk volume410 liters
Places5
Fuel economyAverage consumption: 4.2 l / 100 km
Emissions96 g / km of CO2
On sale2019
Starting price20’600 €
Price of the tested version26’700 €

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