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Ford Puma

(2020 - present)

Expert Rating

New car score:

71
%
A

Used car score:

70
%
A

Expert Rating report card

Media Rating:

76
%
A

Safety Rating:

74
%
B

Eco Rating:

68
%
A

Reliability Rating:

-

Running Costs:

57
%
D

How are our Expert Rating scores calculated?

Expert Rating

New car score:

71
%
A

Used car score:

70
%
A

Expert Rating report card

Media Rating:

76
%
A

Safety Rating:

74
%
B

Eco Rating:

68
%
A

Reliability Rating:

-

Running Costs:

57
%
D

Summary


The Ford Puma is a small SUV/crossover, which was unveiled in 2019 and arrived in the UK in early 2020. A facelfit for the crossover arrived in 2024.

After the demise of the Ford Fiesta, it’s now the best-selling model in the Ford range – and was also the UK’s best-selling new car in 2023. As well as sort-of-replacing the Fiesta, the Puma also sort-of-replaces the popular (but poorly rated) Ford EcoSport.

The Ford Puma has been praised for an outstanding driving experience and surprising practicality, especially in its boot capacity and layout. However, its styling hasn’t been universally well-received, and the interior quality isn’t as good as some of its rivals.

As of July 2024, the Ford Puma holds a New Car Expert Rating of A, with a score of 71%. It also rates as an A as a used car. As well as favourable media reviews, the Puma has low CO2 emissions and a decent safety rating. Running costs are higher than some rivals, however.

Key specifications


Body style: Small SUV/crossover
Engines: petrol mild hybrid
Price: From £25,800 on-road

Launched: Winter 2019/20
Last updated: Summer 2024
Replacement due: TBA


Media reviews


Reviews, road test and comparisons from across the UK automotive media. Click any of the boxes to view.

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Safety rating


Independent crash test and safety ratings from Euro NCAP

Overall score: 4 stars
Date tested: December 2022
Read the full Euro NCAP review

Adult protection: 75%
Child protection: 84%
Vulnerable road users: 70%
Safety assist: 69%

Despite being recently downgraded from top marks to a four-star crash test rating, the Ford Puma has a competitive set of safety scores, particularly for adult (front seat) and child (rear seat) protection. Scores for vulnerable road user (pedestrian and cyclist) protection and safety assistance systems (to help you avoid an accident in the first place) are also above average for the small SUV sector.

Eco rating


Independent economy and emissions ratings from Green NCAP

Model tested: 1.0-litre petrol manual

Overall score: 3 stars
Date tested: September 2021
Read the full Green NCAP review

Clean Air Index: 4.8 / 10
Energy Efficiency Index: 6.1 / 10
Greenhouse Gas Index: 5.1 / 10

Model tested: 1.0-litre Flexifuel Ethanol Mode E85 FWD Manual

Overall score: 3 stars
Date tested: December 2022
Read the full Green NCAP review

Clean Air Index: 5.3 / 10
Energy Efficiency Index: 5.3 / 10
Greenhouse Gas Index: 6.9 / 10

Model tested: 1.0-litre Flexifuel Petrol Mode E10 FWD Manual

Overall score: 2.5 stars
Date tested: December 2022
Read the full Green NCAP review

Clean Air Index: 5.2 / 10
Energy Efficiency Index: 5.2 / 10
Greenhouse Gas Index: 3.7 / 10

Please note that Green NCAP ratings are very specific to the engine/gearbox combination tested. These ratings only applies to the 1.0-litre petrol manual versions of the Puma. Any other engine, or models with automatic gearboxes, are not covered by this rating.

Reliability rating

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Reliability data provided exclusively for The Car Expert by MotorEasy

No reliability rating

As of July 2024, we don’t have enough reliability data on the Ford Puma to generate a reliability rating.

The Car Expert’s reliability information is provided exclusively to us using workshop and extended warranty data from our partner, MotorEasy, sourced from both official dealerships and independent workshops. 

As soon as MotorEasy has sufficient data on the Puma, we’ll publish the score here.

Running cost rating

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Monthly cost of ownership data provided exclusively for The Car Expert by Clear Vehicle Data

Fuel consumptionAverageScoreVariationScore
Petrol models49 mpgC48 – 51 mpgB – C
CO₂ outputAverageScoreVariationScore
Petrol models127 g/kmA122 – 144 g/kmA – B
Insurance groupAverageScoreVariationScore
All models28B20 – 50A – F
Service and maintenanceCostScore
Year 1£166A
Year 2£429A
Year 3£697A
Year 4£957A
Year 5£1,285A
Overall£3,534A

Running costs for the Ford Puma are generally very good, according to data provided exclusively to The Car Expert by our partner, Clear Vehicle Data. Fuel consumption is average overall, but some models are better than others.

CO2 levels are very good, so road tax should be reasonable, while insurance and servicing costs are also excellent. Overall, the Puma should cost less than most new cars to run.

Security rating

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Independent vehicle theft and security ratings from Thatcham Research

Rating: Superior | Good | Basic | Poor | Unacceptable
Relay Attack: Pass

Date: 2019

The Ford Puma performed well in Thatcham’s testing programme to measure anti-theft protection.

A Superior rating is the highest score, and the Puma also passed the new relay attack test, which measures the security of a car’s keyless entry and/or keyless start system. This means that the Puma is resistant to thieves intercepting the car’s keyless signal and using it to steal the car.

Awards


Trophies, prizes and awards that the Ford Puma has received

2022

  • Auto Trader New Car Awards – Best Car for New Drivers
  • Company Car Today CCT100 Awards – Best Compact Crossover
  • Parkers New Car Awards – Best Small Family Car
  • What Car? Awards – Best Small SUV

2021

  • UK Car of the Year Awards – Best Small Crossover
  • Auto Trader New Car Awards – Most Loved Car
  • Business Car Awards – Best Comapct SUV
  • Company Car Today CCT100 Awards – Car of the Year + Best Compact Crossover
  • Fleet News Awards – Best Company SUV
  • Parkers New Car Awards – Best Small Family Car
  • What Car? Awards – Best Small SUV

2020

  • Autocar Awards – Game Changer Award
  • Business Car Awards – New Company Car of the Year + Best Compact SUV
  • The News UK Motor Awards – Best Small SUV/crossover
  • Parkers New Car Awards – New Car of the Year + Best Small Family Car
  • Scottish Car of the Year Awards – Car of the Year
  • What Car? AwardsCar of the Year + Best Small SUV

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