If you are looking for a sporty and eco-friendly crossover, you might want to check out the new Ford Puma ST Powershift. This is the mild-hybrid version of the popular Ford Puma ST, which features a 1.0-liter turbocharged three-cylinder engine paired with a 48V electric starter-generator and a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. In this Puma ST Powershift review, I will explore the benefits and drawbacks of this hybrid powertrain, as well as the overall performance, design, and features of the Puma ST.
Benefits of the Puma ST Powershift
The main benefit of the Ford Puma ST Powershift is that it offers lower running costs than the regular Puma ST, which has a 1.5-liter turbocharged three-cylinder engine and a six-speed manual transmission. The Puma ST Powershift has a combined fuel economy of 44.8 mpg, compared to 42.8 mpg for the Puma ST. It also emits less CO2, 134 g/km versus 149 g/km. This means that the Puma ST Powershift is cheaper to tax and insure and qualifies for some low-emission vehicle incentives.
Another benefit of the Puma ST Powershift is that it has a smooth and responsive acceleration, especially at low speeds. The electric starter-generator provides a boost of torque when needed, making the Puma ST Powershift feel zippy and agile in traffic. The dual-clutch transmission shifts quickly and seamlessly, and it has paddle shifters behind the steering wheel for manual control. The Puma ST Powershift also has a sporty exhaust system that mimics the sound of the larger 1.5-liter engine.
Drawbacks of the Puma ST Powershift
The main drawback of the Ford Puma ST Powershift is that it sacrifices some performance and fun for efficiency and convenience. The Puma ST Powershift has less power and torque than the Puma ST, 168 hp and 184 lb-ft versus 197 hp and 236 lb-ft. This translates to a slower acceleration from 0 to 62 mph, 7.4 seconds versus 6.7 seconds. The Puma ST Powershift also feels less engaging and lively than the Puma ST, as it lacks the manual gearbox and the three driving modes (Normal, Sport, and Track) that make the Puma ST so thrilling to drive.
Another drawback of the Puma ST Powershift is that it does not offer much improvement in terms of environmental impact. The mild-hybrid system is relatively simple and does not allow the Puma ST Powershift to run on electric power alone. The small battery pack only stores enough energy to assist the engine during acceleration and braking. The electric starter generator also adds some weight to the car, which reduces its handling and braking abilities. The Puma ST Powershift still depends on fossil fuels, unlike plug-in hybrid or all-electric vehicles that can use renewable energy sources.