When the Ford Puma crossover arrived at our editorial office with exactly the same engine as the recently tested Focus station wagon, it was quite clear that the impressions would be quite similar in many ways. After all, it would be suspicious if the combination of a liter EcoBoost with a manual behaved differently in one car than in another.

And indeed, the three-cylinder presented itself even in the Puma with a strong pull and enthusiasm when dialing in, accompanied by a substantial growl, so you can really enjoy the brisk ride. But it also stuttered a bit in more leisurely driving – understeer didn’t do it very well (you’ll get some rumbling and vibration) and it didn’t wake up from its lethargy until above 1,750rpm. It also deserves a better transmission, as it was already a bit noisier and hungrier than we would have liked on the highway.

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Puma is cute from every angle.

On the other hand, you can easily keep it in the ideal range (1,750 – 2,500 rpm) with the precise lever of the manual gearbox with pleasant operation, when it gives its best performance and does not bother you in any way. And even the combined consumption of just over six liters did not offend us in any way. We experienced exactly the same thing behind the wheel of the Focus…

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The liter three-cylinder was a pioneer of downsizing, but now it needs a little extra refinement to be perfect.

The Puma also has something in common with the Focus in how pleasant it is to drive. You will immediately feel at home behind her wheel and get used to her after the first few turns. Although it has a higher center of gravity than the Focus and a simpler rear axle, its chassis is very nicely tuned, so you don’t have to be afraid to sweep corners with it, while providing you with enough comfort and driving confidence even in normal situations.

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You will not miss anything in the cabin and driving pleasure awaits you behind the wheel.

Puma will also offer solid roominess (even an adult can squeeze into the second row, the trunk has a volume of 456 liters), decent basic equipment (LED lights, cruise control, rear parking sensors, 8″ infotainment, audio with 6 speakers, electric front and rear windows, manual air conditioning and much more) and some clever idea for it (such as the MegaBox, i.e. an 81-liter container under the floor of the trunk with a drain hole). Above all, it is very nice to look at, which convinces many customers to buy it.

In the segment of crossovers, it is the design that is the argument for acquisition, and Puma is one of the nicest among them. In addition, it also has real practicality and pleasant “driving”, so you can’t go wrong with it. Actually, the Puma is one of the best in the segment, you just have to close your eyes a little over the engine (but all three-cylinders have their quirks). But considering the price tag, it certainly won’t be that difficult…

Ford is currently offering the Puma at very attractive prices enhanced by promotional discounts of an extraordinary range. The basic Puma 1.0 EcoBoost (125 hp) in the rich Titanium equipment will cost just 434,900 CZK (instead of the original 599,900 CZK), for the more sporty ST-Line you will pay 462,900 CZK (originally 627,900 CZK) and the top ST-Line You can buy X for 513,900 CZK (instead of 678,900 CZK). You will pay an additional 55,000 for the dual-clutch Powershift automatic, only 30,000 for the more powerful engine (155 hp).

Specifications
Motor in-line three-cylinder, petrol, front transverse, turbocharged, 48 V mild-hybrid
Displacement volume 999 cm3
Performance 114 kW (155 hp) at 6,000 rpm.
Torque 190 Nm at 1,900-5,500 rpm
Transmission manual, 6 degrees
Tree front wheels
Operating weight 1 349 kg
Acceleration 0-100 km/h 9,0 s
Maximal speed 205 km/h
Consumption (combination) 5.5 l/100 km
Fuel tank volume 42 l
Wheels and tires 235/40 R18
Dimensions (length/width/height) 4 207/1 805/1 534 mm
Wheelbase 2 588 mm
Volume of the luggage compartment 456 l