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Ford Puma

7/10
Overall verdict

The Top Gear car review:Ford Puma

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Running costs and reliability

The launch range is straightforward for a Ford, with just three trims and three engines. None of which are diesels.

It’s the 1.0 petrol in 125bhp, 125bhp plus mild hybrid and 155bhp plus mild hybrid. Titanium trim has black plastic arch extensions, whereas the ST-Line’s outfit is entirely body colour.

Even the Titanium has 17-inchers, LED running lamps, the most important driver assist (good for insurance) and phone mirroring for its eight-inch touchscreen. ST-Line adds firmer suspension and new cosmetics but loses climate control. ST-Line X brings back climate and adds navigation, B&O sound, partial leather and 18s plus some other cosmetic bits.

At launch time, Ford was offering low rate finance to get an ST-Line 125 just under £175 month on a PCP with £9k down and 36 months.

Power tailgate, panoramic roof and LED headlights and a comprehensive driver-assist pack live among the options, but even so it’s pretty well impossible to get to £30k, where the so-called premium rivals easily go.

WLTP economy betters 50mpg whichever of the mild-hybrid engines you choose. Warranty is 60,000 miles and three years. Ford dealers are of course all over the place.

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