RAY MASSEY: The Ford Puma is still so mad at heart


Ford’s new agile Puma is the cat’s mustache – and seems to have so many feline lives. I can testify to this thanks to its brilliant safety system which, facing a car stopping suddenly in front, started to snap on breaks when my foot was going for the pedal.

The name Puma derives from an original and much appreciated Ford super-mini from 1997-2001. The Puma reborn, built in Romania, is now a compact SUV and will be a rival to the Nissan Juke, Audi Q2 and Peugeot 2008.

Its raised sitting position provides good panoramic visibility. It is easy and comfortable to drive, and well balanced as well.

Cool cat: Ford's new safety-minded Puma is a great choice for active families

Cool cat: Ford’s new safety-minded Puma is a great choice for active families

My drive was in a 1.0 liter manual, mild hybrid, 125 hp, six speed that accelerates from rest to 62 mph in 9.8 seconds (with a top speed of 119 mph).

Average acceleration was particularly helpful. Average fuel consumption is 55.4 mpg. The CO2 emissions are only 96 g / km. The base price of my car in titanium finish is £ 21,640, the cheapest in the range.

But mine comes with extras, including heated seats and steering wheel, private rear windows and driver assistance with emergency preventive braking – which bring the price up to £ 23,740.

The Puma reborn, built in Romania, is now a compact SUV and will be a rival of the Nissan Juke, Audi Q2 and Peugeot 2008

The Puma reborn, built in Romania, is now a compact SUV and will be a rival of the Nissan Juke, Audi Q2 and Peugeot 2008

A 1.0-liter EcoBoost without a mild hybrid is also available, but with a seven-speed automatic transmission.

Or you can opt for a more powerful version of 155 hp. This reaches zero to 62 mph in 8.9 seconds, with a top speed of 127 mph.

There are three versions: Titanium, ST-Line and ST-Line X. The best performing car is the ST-Line X Vignale at £ 25,240. One of Puma’s main selling points is the shoe.

There are three versions: Titanium, ST-Line and ST-Line X. The best performing car is the ST-Line X Vignale at £ 25,240. One of Puma's main selling points is the shoe

There are three versions: Titanium, ST-Line and ST-Line X. The best performing car is the ST-Line X Vignale at £ 25,240. One of Puma’s main selling points is the shoe

With the second row of seats folded flat, the rear compartment extends to 456 liters.

But lift the adjustable cover in three positions and below is a space of 80 liters. You can easily fit two sets of golf clubs or a folding bike.

The new Puma was crowned Car of the Year and Best Small SUV in the “Which Car?”

  • Do you think gasoline-electric hybrid cars are a modern invention? Skoda, which is celebrating its 125th anniversary, built one in 1908 with the help of the engineer of the Prague electric tram system. Three decades later, in 1938, Skoda produced an all-electric truck to deliver beer from the Pilsen brewery to bars in the city.
The Skoda hybrid from 1908. Three decades later, in 1938, Skoda produced an all-electric truck to deliver beer from the Pilsen brewery to bars in the city.

The Skoda hybrid from 1908. Three decades later, in 1938, Skoda produced an all-electric truck to deliver beer from the Pilsen brewery to bars in the city.

The classic look of the Citroën C4 Coupé

I like the look of the new Citroën C4 coupe hatchback crossover. The sweeping interior is a smart take on old Citroën sedans.

Citroën's new C4 coupe will sell from around £ 19,000 with a pure E-C4 electric version for less than £ 30,000, after a rechargeable car subsidy

Citroën’s new C4 coupe will sell from around £ 19,000 with a pure E-C4 electric version for less than £ 30,000, after a rechargeable car subsidy

Expect prices of around £ 19,000 with a pure E-C4 electric version for under £ 30,000 after a rechargeable car subsidy.

  • Electric cars will be easier to spot after the government announced this week that it will give them a “green flash” on their license plates.

Range Rover celebrates 50 years

It was launched in 1970 when Mungo Jerry’s In The Summertime was No. 1.

And for five decades, he was loved by the Queen and led by clients as diverse as former footballer David Beckham, entrepreneur Sir Richard Branson, comedian James Corden and even James Bond.

Golden Jubilee: Over the years, more than 1.2 million Range Rovers have been sold. And he won the Paris-Dakar rally twice; in its first year of 1979 and again in 1981

Golden Jubilee: Over the years, more than 1.2 million Range Rovers have been sold. And he won the Paris-Dakar rally twice; in its first year of 1979 and again in 1981

Now, the Range Rover’s 50th anniversary is marked by a limited-edition Range Rover Fifty, which will be limited to 1,970 vehicles worldwide and will cost around £ 100,000 each.

Over the years, more than 1.2 million have been sold. And he won the Paris-Dakar rally twice; in its first year of 1979 and again in 1981.

The anniversary comes, however, when Jaguar Land Rover posted an annual loss of £ 422 million and cut 1,100 agency jobs as a result of Covid-19.

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