Ford Puma gets automatic gearbox and ST-Line X Vignale trim

2020 Ford Puma available in new top-spec ST-Line X Vignale trim

  • Seven-speed automatic now offered
  • New gearbox returns 46.3mpg
  • Range-topping trim starts from £25,240

The Ford Puma range has been updated; an automatic gearbox joins the line-up alongside a new top-spec ST-Line X Vignale specification. You can choose the automatic on all four Puma trim levels, and both the new gearbox and new trim level are available to order now.

The Puma is Ford’s latest small SUV, costing a similar amount to the Ford EcoSport and Ford Fiesta Active. It competes in the hugely popular small SUV class against cars like the Renault Captur, SEAT Arona and Peugeot 2008.

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Ford offers the choice of 123bhp and 153bhp 1.0-litre engines with mild-hybrid technology, and a version of the former without the electrical assistance. The new seven-speed gearbox is only available on the standard version of the 123bhp engine; the two mild-hybrid models come with a six-speed manual.

All three engines are available on every trim level, from the entry-level Puma Titanium to the new top-of-the-range ST-Line X Vignale trim. In the past, Ford has tended to focus the Vignale on comfort and luxury rather than sportiness, but the Puma Vignale gets the sporty looks of the ST-Line edition.

The ST-Line X Vignale version gets a slightly different exterior treatment to other ST-Line models; there’s a new grille featuring a dotted pattern, exclusive 18-inch alloy wheels and extra chrome trim. Upgraded LED headlights, Windsor leather seats (heated in the front), a heated steering wheel, front parking sensors and keyless entry are all added on top of the ST-Line X’s long list of features.

Automatic Pumas start from £23,240 and represent a price increase of over £1,000 compared to 123bhp cars with a manual gearbox. You’ll also pay slightly more at the pumps, as the automatic returns 46.3mpg compared to the 50.4mpg of the manual versions.

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