The SUV-inspired compact crossover has stunning exterior design and best-in-class load space, plus mild hybrid technology that makes it highly economical. This was acknowledged by the judging panel. They stated that What Car?’s independent True MPG tests proved it was “extremely economical in real-world driving”. They also praised the Puma for being fun to drive, cleverly packaged and well priced.
But it wasn’t an easy win. To give you an indication of the types of cars that the Ford Puma was up against, the SKODA Scala, the Range Rover Evoque and the Tesla Model 3 were all bustling for the top spot. That’s quite an assorted array of vehicles and shows how vast the market currently is, which makes winning the top spot even sweeter.
The Puma also triumphed in its class category, winning Small SUV of the Year. The judges recognised that compact SUVs are one of the fastest-growing sectors of the car market, so this is another prize we feel deserves to be highlighted. In this category it was up against the Audi Q2 and SKODA Kamiq, again indicating a diverse range of styles and price points.
And the awards didn’t stop there. Ford also won Best MPV for the Ford Galaxy 2.0 Ecoblue 150 Zetec, Best Hot Hatch for the Ford Fiesta ST ST-2 Performance Pack 3dr, and Best Pick-up for the Ford Ranger Double Cab 2.0 Ecoblue 170 XLT.
But nothing can top the thrill of winning Car of the Year. The winning trim - the 1.0 Ecoboost mHEV 155 ST-Line X - literally has every box on buyers’ shopping lists ticked and was commended for being “truly outstanding”. If that’s not enough to make you want a test drive, we don’t know what will be. Get in touch with Gates today and come and see our award-winning range of cars for yourself.