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Car Review FORD PUMA By Sue Cooke It was so good this week to get behind the wheel of a car that constantly pulled second looks because of its eyecatching styling. It could also have been due to the glorious CAR 1 number plate on the new Ford Puma. As I put knee to tarmac to take a photo from the front, I realised how high the bonnet sits. Flagged by wing top mounted headlamps this Puma’s eyes are as piercing and distinctive as the animal. And out on the road the compact crossover has a feline growl on hard acceleration and much more torque at lower engine speeds. The 1 litre EcoBoost hybrid and 48 volt lithium ion air cooled battery pack makes for a powerful response, such that I had to keep reminding myself to move up the six speed manual gearbox. A display on the dash informed me when I was in hybrid mode, which was mainly when cruising downhill. Energy usually lost is recovered and stored during braking and coasting. The Auto Start stop technology is impressive when I was waiting at road work traffic lights and the engine restarted “in the same amount of time as the blink of an eye”, describes Ford, with no turbo lag. In the cabin a raised ride height gives the driver a good view over traffic ahead. Pure luxuries include a large panoramic roof which stretches front to back, giving a welcome wind in the hair experience on a hot day. There is also a Lumbar Massage seat. Puma models include the stylish Titanium, or sporty ST-Line and ST-Line X. The latter was my road test car which adds a flat-bottomed leather steering wheel and alloy sports pedals. Privacy glass sits in the rear windows. New technology will inform the driver of hazardous situations on the road ahead before either I or the vehicle sensors could see them. This Puma has a fantastic degree of practicality in a compact and efficient package. When I came to open the Scene Local Media 01952 780058 456 litres boot there was another surprise for a car in this price range, as there is a hands-free tailgate. When I got a bit acquisitive at the garden centre, as I had not visited for a long time, it was very useful to find a MegaBox storage solution. This will house unstable items up to approximately 115 cm tall in an upright position. Synthetic lining and a drain plug in the bottom made it easy to clean. The flexible load compartment can also comfortably accommodate a box 112 cm long, 97 cm wide and 43 cm high with the second row of seats folded flat. The sports suspension is not as unforgiving as some of its competitors and I found the ride comfortable. The Desert Island Blue exterior paintwork is an exclusive optional colour which is very attractive. One of 10 vibrant colours to choose from. SUVs now account for more than one in five Ford vehicles sold in Europe. Almost 7,000 new Pumas have been sold in the UK since going on sale earlier this year. 90.7 per cent of those sales are the mild-hybrid engine, available from £21,640. By the end of my road test week, I was quite in love with the new Ford Puma and its sporty character, combining mild-hybrid fuel efficiency, best-in-class luggage space and advanced driver assistance technologies in a stylish crossover. FACTS AT A GLANCE Model: FORD PUMA ST-LINE X Price: £23,645otr Engine: 1.0L EcoBoost Hybrid Performance: 0-62mph in 8.9 seconds and on to a top speed of 124mph CO2 emissions: 101g/km Combined fuel consumption: 41.5-58.9 (WLTP) mpg
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