Ford was clearly taking a risk when, in the summer of 2019, it announced that it was doubling the urban SUV segment with the new Puma to support a stealthy Ecosport. But immediately, this Puma (4.19 m), which has nothing to do with the first iteration in 1997, sets the scene. In addition to a truly distinctive and highly successful style, the newcomer offers the most enjoyable road services. – unless comfort is the primary criterion – and high-performance engines.
From the start, this American diesel made in Romania skipped, but offered two convincing 3-cylinder. First, 1.0 turbo 125 or 155 hp, and second, 1.5 200 hp (ST). It is clear that it is the most logical of these three engines, which represents the majority of sales. Cheaper to buy, 1.0/125 hp accepts unleaded 95 or 98 while specifically improving compatibility with E85. By properly calibrating its use and filling it with as much ethanol as possible, the 100km cost of the Puma Flexifuel becomes downright unbeatable.
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Reasonable consumption even at E85
To confirm this and explain the health of the small Ford SUV in sales in 2022 (6,000 copies in 3 months, 13th in the rankings in France), we have indeed submitted to our standalone battery, like about 150 cars per year. Measurements in Montlhéry. After taking care to empty the tank for the first time and filling it with just E85, we measured the Puma’s consumption using our flow meter and over our 3 cycles – city, road and highway.
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Like any car that runs on ethanol, we noticed overconsumption compared to other models that run unleaded. But it remains quite reasonable with 7.5 l / 100 km in the city, 7.4 l on the road and 8.7 l on the highway.. However, given the superethanol’s very low price, 7.7 l / 100 km allows it to show a very nice € 5.85 / 100 km (E85 in April 2022, 0.76 € / liter). LPG-only cars, with the exception of electric cars, might piss Puma off, but since gasoline is currently 10 cents more expensive per litre, the average 7.7 l/100 km of a Sandero ECO-G 100 will allow us to do better than € does not allow. 6.62/100 km (0.89 €/liter LPG in April 2022.
Not content with being very economical in use, Puma Flexifuel does not forget about performance and thanks to its 125 horsepower, it reaches 0 to 100 km/h in 9.6 s and 80 to 120 km/h in 9.8 s.. Precision, however, deprives the automatic transmission of choosing the Flexifuel version.