The reborn Ford Puma has been named car of the year in What Car? magazine's 2020 awards on Tuesday night.
The name that the car maker affixed to a compact and sporty coupe almost 20 years ago has been revived in 2020 for Ford's latest compact SUV, which proved a controversial move in the eyes of many car fans.
But What Car?'s expert road testers have claimed that the Puma is the best all-round package you can buy this year.
The Puma, which starts from £20,545, was the chosen standout model from a shortlist of 30 new cars that will arrive in showrooms this year, with judges recommending it for 'being fun to drive, cleverly packaged and well priced'.
“Thanks to its sharp handling, gutsy engine and clever mild hybrid technology, it offers a mix of fun and frugality not previously seen among its competitors. Plus, it’s as practical as it is stylish. In short, the Ford Puma is truly outstanding.”
'The winners of the annual What Car? Car of the Year Awards have been announced, with the new Ford Puma small SUV scooping the evening's top accolade...''The Ford Puma used to be an agile coupe – now it’s Ford’s family SUV. It’s super stylish, has a range of efficient engines and all the latest tech onboard.'
As well as ticking all the right boxes when it comes to driving enjoyment, practicality and affordability, What Car?'s own fuel economy tests showed that the Puma is an efficient small family car.
In the magazine's independent True MPG tests, it found that mild-hybrid versions sipped petrol, meaning low running costs for cash-strapped buyers.
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