The Ford Puma ST is quite a cute-looking SUV and on paper, certainly seems to have quite a lot going for it. How does this all translate to the road?
Powering the Puma ST is the same powertrain as the Fiesta ST hot hatch, namely an all-aluminum 1.5-liter turbocharged three-cylinder that delivers 197 hp at 6,000 rpm and 236 lb-ft (320 Nm) of torque between 2,500 and 3,500 rpm. While the horsepower figure is unchanged from the Fiesta ST, the Puma ST has 22 lb-ft (30 Nm) of additional torque.
Mated to a manual transmission, the Puma ST can sprint to 62 mph (100 km/h) in 6.7 seconds and hit a top speed of 137 mph (220 km/h).
When driving, the reviewer notes that the small SUV doesn’t feel quite as brisk as the Fiesta ST and the exhaust isn’t as tuneful. Given the Puma’s increased size and weight, this isn’t much of a surprise. Paired to the competent engine is a direct and precise steering and excellent suspension that works well on smooth roads.
Those in the market for a Puma ST also benefit from the addition of an optional Quaife limited-slip differential and force vectoring springs. The SUV also features a bespoke twist-beam rear suspension that is 40 per cent stiffer than that of the Fiesta ST while also having new anti-roll bars and dampers. The SUV sits on Michelin Pilot Sport 4S tires.[embedded content]