Ford Puma ST: price, specs and release date
The practical Ford Puma ST will share its engine with the hilariously fun Fiesta ST. Here’s everything you need to know about the car’s price, specs and release date.
Ford Puma ST
200hp 1.5-litre petrol engine
Price and on sale date
From £25,000, on sale spring 2020
If you’ve had your heart set on a Ford Fiesta ST but need something a little bit more practical then the 2020 Ford Puma ST could be the answer. It combines the Puma’s spacious cabin and large boot with the 200hp petrol engine from the Fiesta ST.
2020 Ford Puma ST price and release date
The Ford Puma ST is significantly larger than the Fiesta so you can expect it to cost more with prices starting from around £25,000 – £2,500 more than you’ll pay for a high-end Fiesta ST. That’s about the same as you can expect to hand over for the sporty Hyundai Kona N SUV when it goes on sale next year.
2020 Ford Puma ST specs
The Ford Puma ST might be sporting a comprehensive camouflage of a vinyl wrap baselayer with a plastic panel topping, but it doesn’t take a genius to work out how the finished car will look.
Upfront you can expect to find a honeycomb grille with ST badging and a bumper that sits closer to the ground than the standard car’s. Around the sides, 18-inch alloy wheels will accommodate uprated brakes with discs all round, and you can expect the sporty ST’s body kit to extend to side skirts. Step to the back of the car and you’ll see twin exhaust pipes, a sporty bumper design and a boot spoiler up top. Expect similar go-faster flourishes on the inside with the standard seats replaced with body-hugging Recaro items, while shiny metal pedals, a sports steering wheel and metallic gear knob will replace what’s found in the standard Puma.
While the Puma ST’s styling is loosely based on the Fiesta ST’s, the engine is exactly the same. It’s a three-cylinder 1.5-litre petrol producing 200hp, which in the slightly heavier, less aerodynamic Puma ST should be good for 0-60mph in less than seven seconds – the Fiesta ST does it in 6.5 seconds, dead –and fuel economy of around 40mpg. Whether Ford can inject the same cornering-fun factor into the taller, more ungainly Puma remains to be seen – tho, if anyone can to it, Ford can – but you can expect the Puma ST to be fitted with lower and stiffer suspension than the standard car. Four-wheel drive won’t be available, but the Puma ST is likely to be offered with a limited-slip differential to help it power out of corners with next-to-no wheel spin.