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Review of "Ford Puma 1.7"

published 16/03/2002 | Ophelia
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Pro Nippy, fun
Cons No boot space or passenger space
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"Car With Claws"

When my husband bought this car I was rather irate. £13,000 spent on a small tin box with four wheels seemed like a waste of money. However, on the quiet I really do quite enjoy driving it!

THE CAR

The car is small but sleek and sporty looking with only three doors. The boot, however, is miniscule and inadequate for even a main food shop (this is made even harder when your husband leaves everything in the boot – golf shoes, squash racquet, old Christmas cards, Telewest cable box – you name it!).

The lights are another grumble of mine. The full beam gets full marks, as it is excellent but the side-lights are very small and provide little light and they do not seem adequate for the job.

THE CABIN

From the front seats you could almost be inside a Fiesta. The dials are a different colour but most of the instruments are the same and similarly placed. It is all eerily familiar.

The driver and passenger have plenty of room lengthwise but not widthwise; do not make the mistake I did and get your leg trapped between the steering wheel and the door when you close it.

The speedometer and revcounter have white backgrounds to them and I suppose it is a matter of taste as to whether you like this rather tacky feature (guess whether I do). The gear stick is toped with a chrome handle, which is again down to personal taste, so those of you who like your hand to be cold in winter and hot in summer will like it and those of you who don’t can always replace it with something a little more traditional.

If you have annoying friends who are constantly asking for lifts, this is the car to get. The back seats seem to be there for aesthetic value, as most human beings would not be able to sit in them and be driven any great distance (certainly not without a loss of circulation resulting in the necessary amputation of at least one leg). There is no leg room in the back (and that is coming from a short-arse 5ft 5 like me) and you will find that even with the front seats as far forward as they will go your backseat passengers will have their knees crammed against the front seats.

DRIVING

Well, here even I have to begin to grudgingly admire the car. It is nippy. It accelerates well from a stationary position as well as at higher speeds.

The steering wheel feels nice in your hands and the car is responsive. It grips the road well and driving is a real pleasure. Overtaking is a thrill and can be done with ease.

However, having said that the car revs a little high, so that second gear is almost redundant! On motorways you begin to think that your pointer is going to whiz off the end of your revcounter but, then, this is really not a motorway car. The puma does not want to be driving monotonously up and down long stretches of nondescript road but wants to be whizzing along winding country roads or nipping down short cuts in a busy city and fitting into tiny parking spaces to the annoyance of BMW drivers!

UNDER THE BONNET

The standard model is 1.7 litres, which on a small car such as this provides sufficient oomph. It is 4 cylinder, 1679 cc with 125 brake horse power. It can do 0 – 60 mph in 8.8 seconds and does 38.2 miles per gallon.

The insurance group is 12. A new car will set you back between £12,280 and £13,995. If buying second hand problems to look out for are merely boy racer type damage: scuffed alloys, damage to bumpers or spoilers.

One bonus is the parts. The parts are mainly the same as those for the fiesta and, therefore, are cheap, cheap, cheap!

THE FELINE ANIMAL

This car is ideal as a second car to be used for nipping around town or just for driving at the weekend for fun.

It is not a practical car, so don’t get rid of your Volvo yet but it is fun and it is effective and, all in all I do like it (but don’t tell my husband).

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  • cazzooblue published 30/09/2004
    Would it be any good for commuting 22 miles per day, with occasional long journeys? I have always liked the look of the Puma, and am considering trading in my Mondeo as it is rather large to manouver and park, and difficult to get out of in the garage. Should I do it? We will still have my husband's Nissan Primera.
  • RayMan_UK published 20/02/2003
    I enjoyed reading that! Very nicely written, provoking a smile too! Welcome to my CoT also! Thanks for sharing :-) Ray.
  • Saucy_Dee published 05/12/2002
    Do like the look at these but not very practical. Always have so much luggage!
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Coupe - Petrol

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Body Type: Coupe

Fuel Type: Petrol

Range: Ford Puma

Range + Engine Type: Puma 1.7

Manufacturer: Ford

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When my husband bought this car I was rather irate. 13,000 spent on a small tin box with four wheels seemed like a waste of money. However, on the quiet I really do quite enjoy driving it!

THE CAR

The car is small but sleek and sporty looking with only three doors. The boot, however, is miniscule and inadequate for even a main food shop (this is made even harder when your husband leaves everything in the boot – golf shoes, squash racquet, old Christmas cards, Telewest cable box – you name it!).

The lights are another grumble of mine. The full beam gets full marks, as it is excellent but the side-lights are very small and provide little light and they do not seem adequate for the job.

THE CABIN

From the front seats you could almost be inside a Fiesta. The dials are a different colour but most of the instruments are the same and similarly placed. It is all eerily familiar.

The driver and passenger have plenty of room lengthwise but not widthwise; do not make the mistake I did and get your leg trapped between the steering wheel and the door when you close it.

The speedometer and revcounter have white backgrounds to them and I suppose it is a matter of taste as to whether you like this rather tacky feature (guess whether I do). The gear stick is toped with a chrome handle, which is again down to personal taste, so those of you who like your hand to be cold in winter and hot in summer will like it and those of you who don’t can always replace it with something a little more traditional.

If you have annoying friends who are constantly asking for lifts, this is the car to get. The back seats seem to be there for aesthetic value, as most human beings would not be able to sit in them and be driven any great distance (certainly not without a loss of circulation resulting in the necessary amputation of at least one leg). There is no leg room in the back (and that is coming from a short-arse 5ft 5 like me) and you will find that even with the front seats as far forward as they will go your backseat passengers will have their knees crammed against the front seats.

DRIVING

Well, here even I have to begin to grudgingly admire the car. It is nippy. It accelerates well from a stationary position as well as at higher speeds.

The steering wheel feels nice in your hands and the car is responsive. It grips the road well and driving is a real pleasure. Overtaking is a thrill and can be done with ease.

However, having said that the car revs a little high, so that second gear is almost redundant! On motorways you begin to think that your pointer is going to whiz off the end of your revcounter but, then, this is really not a motorway car. The puma does not want to be driving monotonously up and down long stretches of nondescript road but wants to be whizzing along winding country roads or nipping down short cuts in a busy city and fitting into tiny parking spaces to the annoyance of BMW drivers!

UNDER THE BONNET

The standard model is 1.7 litres, which on a small car such as this provides sufficient oomph. It is 4 cylinder, 1679 cc with 125 brake horse power. It can do 0 – 60 mph in 8.8 seconds and does 38.2 miles per gallon.

The insurance group is 12. A new car will set you back between 12,280 and 13,995. If buying second hand problems to look out for are merely boy racer type damage: scuffed alloys, damage to bumpers or spoilers.

One bonus is the parts. The parts are mainly the same as those for the fiesta and, therefore, are cheap, cheap, cheap!

THE FELINE ANIMAL

This car is ideal as a second car to be used for nipping around town or just for driving at the weekend for fun.

It is not a practical car, so don’t get rid of your Volvo yet but it is fun and it is effective and, all in all I do like it (but don’t tell my husband).

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cazzooblue 30.09.2004 23:52

Would it be any good for commuting 22 miles per day, with occasional long journeys? I have always liked the look of the Puma, and am considering trading in my Mondeo as it is rather large to manouver and park, and difficult to get out of in the garage. Should I do it? We will still have my husband's Nissan Primera.

RayMan_UK 20.02.2003 18:32

I enjoyed reading that! Very nicely written, provoking a smile too! Welcome to my CoT also! Thanks for sharing :-) Ray.

Saucy_Dee 05.12.2002 09:44

Do like the look at these but not very practical. Always have so much luggage!

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