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
Both the 153bhp and the 123bhp versions of the mild-hybrid 1.0-litre EcoBoost petrol engine are capable of around 50mpg in official tests, which is around 6mpg more than the 1.0-litre Nissan Juke can manage, and on a par with diesel efficiency. During our road test of the ST-Line model, we easily achieved around 48mpg. The 123bhp Ecoboost petrol engine equipped with Ford’s seven-speed automatic returns up to 49.6mpg, which isn’t far off the 52.3mpg that can be achieved with the six-speed manual gearbox.
Impressively, CO2 emissions range from 122g/km to 125g/km for the 123bhp and 153bhp engines respectively, making all versions of the Puma affordable options for company-car drivers looking to minimise Benefit-in-Kind bills.
Until recently, if you wanted to specify the seven-speed automatic gearbox your choice was restricted to the 123bhp 1.0-litre petrol engine without mild-hybrid assistance. However don’t worry if you’re looking at a used Puma, as this combination is still officially capable of up to 46.3mpg with CO2 emissions of 138-140g/km. When we tested the Puma ST-Line Vignale, we were able to achieve fuel economy of around 45mpg overall.
Every standard petrol version of the Puma costs £150 in annual road tax, which falls to £140 for the mild-hybrid model..
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 Vignale 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.