Ford Puma review - Reliability and safety
Ford has achieved top marks for safety with the Puma, and reliability should be good, too
Ford has a lot riding on the success of the Puma. Its previous effort at a small SUV, the EcoSport, was a poor one, so the brand has to get this right. Fortunately, the Puma arrives with proven engines, a chassis based on the best-selling Fiesta and interior tech already in use across other model ranges. We’d expect the Puma to be a car you can rely on, and also one that keeps the driver, passengers and other road users as safe as possible.
All models include cruise control, a lane keeping aid with departure warning, Pre-Collision Assist with Autonomous Emergency Braking, Pedestrian/Cyclist Detection and Post-Collision Braking. Other useful features include auto headlights, rain-sensing wipers and a tyre pressure monitoring system.
Those wishing to upgrade further can opt for the Driver Assistance pack (£900), which adds a blind spot warning, adaptive cruise control and a rear view camera among other features.
The Puma was tested by Euro NCAP in 2019 and achieved a full five-star rating. Adult and child protection was rated at 94% and 84%, respectively, while the car scored 77% for pedestrian safety.
Although Ford finished a disappointing 25th out of 29 manufacturers in our 2021 Driver Power customer satisfaction survey, the Puma fared much better. It came 14th overall in our list of the top 75 cars on sale, with glowing scores in every area. The driving experience and practicality were particularly well rated by owners.
Every new Ford car comes with a 3-year/60,000 mile warranty. There’s also the benefit of Ford Assistance for 1 year, providing roadside cover in the UK and throughout Europe.
If you plan on keeping your car for longer than three years or are a high mileage driver, you can extend the standard warranty to either 4 years/80,000 miles or 5 years/100,000 miles.
Ford offers the Ford Protect Service Plan giving you the option of scheduled services and extended Ford Assistance. It covers scheduled servicing including associated parts and labour, and vehicle hire for up to 7 days. The Ford Protect Service Plan can be purchased any time before the first service is due.
In this review
- 1Ford Puma reviewThe Ford Puma is now a stylish, practical compact SUV that’s good to drive, but lacks cabin space
- 2Engines, performance and driveThe Puma’s proven 1.0-litre EcoBoost units are a known quantity, but the mild-hybrid system isn’t flawless
- 3MPG, CO2 and running costsFord uses proven 1.0-litre petrol engines for the Puma, with mild-hybrid technology helping to improve economy and emissions
- 4Interior, design and technologyThe Ford Puma has a familiar cabin design and good levels of standard kit, but overall quality can’t match rivals
- 5Practicality, comfort and boot spaceAlthough smaller than most rivals, the Ford Puma remains practical for family use and offers clever storage solutions
- 6Reliability and safety - currently readingFord has achieved top marks for safety with the Puma, and reliability should be good, too