Review :Ford Puma ST-Line

Ford finally adds a stylish small SUV to enhance its brand appeal offering a good mix of offering at a price that will deter deserving buyers

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Quite an interesting week in the Ford Puma ST-Line Vignale. The compact SUV packs a punch both in terms of performance and style. It offers a blend of sportiness and sophistication.

Let’s start with the exterior. The Puma’s design is eye-catching, with its daytime running lights and grille exuding a posh and fresh appeal. It’s the kind of vehicle that turns heads judging by the varying positive comments we received. The sleek lines and well-proportioned body give it a modern and athletic stance, further accentuated by its 18 inch alloy wheels. The LED lights really make evening driving easy as it lights up the road. Our test unit came with the optional Styling Pack at R17 300 which adds a Panoramic roof and it should be something for all Puma ST Line buyers to consider.

Step inside, and you’re greeted by a cabin that’s both stylish and well-appointed. The interior boasts a modern design with good quality materials. The high-perched driver’s seat provides excellent visibility and a comfortable driving position, while the generous range of adjustments ensures that drivers of all sizes can find their ideal setting. And if that’s not enough, the front seats even come with a massage function, perfect for long journeys where comfort is key. The Puma ST – Line comes with awesome features such as 10-speaker B&O audio system, digital instrument cluster, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, a wireless charging pad, USB ports and much more. For a lady like myself, these features make the Puma a perfect companion. Our test unit also came with the R21 100 driver assistance pack which adds autonomous safety aids (a well needed option in today’s dangerous road conditions). The electric tailgate comes as standard.

But it’s not just about looks; the Puma delivers on practicality too. With a luggage capacity of 456 litres, it offers ample space for your everyday needs. The smart 2-floor boot storage system and the innovative Megabox add versatility to the mix, making it easy to accommodate various types of cargo.

Besides the optional Driver Assistance option, as standard the Puma has a suite of safety features like hill-start assist, lane-keeping aid, lane departure warning and auto high-beam assist.

The Puma is powered by a 1.0-litre 3-cylinder turbopetrol EcoBoost engine, producing 92 kW and 170 Nm of torque. Paired with a smooth-shifting 7-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission, it delivers spirited performance while remaining fuel-efficient. The real-world driving experience feels lively and responsive aided by the driving modes which range from Sport to Eco allowing the driver to set the car for their driving mood. The ride can be a bit harsh on our bad condition roads but its entertaining when pushed.

In terms of fuel efficiency, the Puma averages 8.0 L/100 km, but i found it to be even more efficient on the eco mode averaging 6.5l/100km, making it an economical choice for daily commuting and longer trips alike.

Overall, the Ford Puma 1.0T ST-Line Vignale is a well-rounded package that ticks all the right boxes. It offers a compelling blend of style, practicality, comfort, and performance. Whether you’re navigating city streets or embarking on weekend getaways, the Puma is ready to tackle whatever the road throws at it with confidence and style. The price at R613 900 is a bit on the expensive side but we hear some dealers are offering very attractive finance packages to allow customers the chance to experience the Puma. The fact that overseas there is already a facelift version with quite recognisable interior upgrades, should annoy some potential buyers as this spec is not coming to Mzansi.

Price:

Puma ST-Line VignaleR613 900