Ford Puma SUV - MPG, running costs & CO2
Mild-hybrid technology ensures the Ford Puma has low running costs
From launch there's only a 1.0-litre, three-cylinder mild-hybrid petrol engine, with 124 or 153bhp, as well as a standard version of the 124bhp engine. The mild-hybrid doesn't require plugging in, instead harvesting energy as the Puma decelerates and storing electricity in a compact lithium-ion battery pack. This powers a small generator that can give the petrol engine a boost as you accelerate, helping make its job easier, and saving fuel in the process. The engine has another trick too; it can shut down one of its three cylinders when full power isn’t required.
Ford Puma MPG & CO2
The standard 1.0-litre EcoBoost petrol is capable of up to 48.7mpg with emissions of 132-133g/km. Go for the less powerful 1.0-litre EcoBoost mild-hybrid engine and you can expect up to 51.4mpg, which is around 6mpg more than the 1.0-litre Nissan Juke can manage, and on a par with diesel efficiency. More power and larger wheels see this headline figure drop, but only to 50.4mpg. Impressively, CO2 emissions for both versions ranges from 125 to 128g/km, making the Puma an affordable option for company-car drivers looking to minimise Benefit-in-Kind bills.
From the middle of 2020 a diesel option is also expected, that should be well-suited to high-mileage drivers, along with a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission for the petrol engine. A six-speed manual gearbox comes fitted as standard and all versions of the Puma cost £150 in annual road tax.
The Ford Puma 1.0-litre EcoBoost Titanium starts in insurance group 14, but upgrading to the 153bhp version increases this to group 17 out of 50. Meanwhile, the range-topping ST-Line X First Edition Plus version elevates its rating to group 19. The SEAT Arona starts in lower single-digit groups, but higher trims will cost a similar amount to cover.
Ford is sticking with the same three-year/60,000-mile warranty it's offered for a while, despite a number of key rivals, such as Toyota and Hyundai, offering five years, and Kia providing seven years of cover. Renault recently increased its warranty offering for the Captur to five years/100,000 miles.
Ford still sells more cars in the UK than any other manufacturer and has a dealer network to match. Servicing locations should be convenient and Ford offers a servicing package that covers the first few years of maintenance, paid for either up front or monthly.