The reborn Ford Puma has been named car of the year in What Car? magazine’s 2020 awards on Tuesday evening.
The name that the car manufacturer put on a compact and sporty coupe almost 20 years ago was revived in 2020 for the latest compact SUV from Ford, which in the eyes of many car enthusiasts turned out to be a controversial step.
But the expert road testers from What Car? Have claimed that the Puma is the best all-round package that you can buy this year.
Starting from £ 20,545, the Puma was the chosen eye-catching model from a shortlist of 30 new cars that will arrive in showrooms this year, with jurors recommending it for “fun driving, smart packaging, and well-priced.”
Best new car of 2020: the Ford Puma SUV, priced from £ 20,500, has been named by What Car? as the best new model to buy this year
Approximately 27 model and brand awards were presented by the car title at a flashy event in London on Tuesday evening, ranging from the best hot hatch and performance car to the chosen pick-up truck for 2020.
Built in Romania, Puma left for the Skoda Scala, Range Rover Evoque and Tesla Model 3, all of which were winners in each of their respective sectors.
The Puma was also mentioned as the choice for the small SUVs, with which the category won the victory for models such as the Audi Q2 and Skoda Kamiq.
In addition to checking all the right subjects when it comes to driving pleasure, usability and affordability, What Car showed S own fuel consumption tests indicate that the Puma is an efficient small family car.
The magazine’s independent True MPG tests found that mild-hybrid versions drank gasoline, which means low operating costs for cash buyers.
Which car? winners of the car of the year 2020
Car of the year 2020: Ford Puma
Best performance car: Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio
Best sports car: Alpine A110 Pure
Best luxury SUV: Audi Q7
Best coupe: Audi TT
Best plug-in hybrid: BMW 3 series
Best executive car: BMW 3 series
Best luxury car: BMW 5 series
Dear MPV: Citroën Berlingo
Dear small SUV: Ford Puma
Dear Hot Hatch: Honda Civic Type R GT
Best price car: Kia Picanto
Best family SUV: Range Rover Evoque
Best coupé SUV: Range Rover Velar
Best convertible: Mercedes-Benz S-Class
Best big SUV: Peugeot 5008
Best sports SUV: Porsche Macan S
Dear small electric car: Renault Zoe
Best family car: Skoda Scala
Best Estate Car: Skoda Superb
Best large electric car: Tesla Model 3
Best hybrid: Toyota Corolla
Dear small car: Volkswagen Polo
Best pick-up truck: Volkswagen Amarok
Safety price: BMW 3 series
Reader Award: Land Rover Defender
Reliability price: Lexus
Technology Award: Subaru
Source: Which car?
Judges said the Ford Puma is ‘fun to drive, smartly packaged and well priced’
It was not only named the general car of the year, but also the crown on the small SUV category
‘Practical and stylish’: which car? said the Ford Puma excels in all areas that are important to buyers
First the Puma, then the Mustang SUV
The all-electric Mustang Mach-E is priced from £ 40,000 and has a range of up to 370 miles
Reusing the name of a small coupé for an SUV has turned out to be a matter of debate, but the Puma is not the most controversial badge from Ford last year.
That prize goes to the decision to launch an electric SUV under the Mustang brand – a nickname synonymous with American muscle cars with substantial V8 engines and lots of growl and growl.
Priced from £ 40,000 and with a range of up to 370 miles, the new battery-powered – and therefore quiet – Mustang Mach-E will begin deliveries this year, Ford says.
Steve Huntingford, which car? editor said: “As a small SUV, the Ford Puma competes in one of the fastest growing sectors of the car market.
“It is crucial that it excels in all areas that are important to buyers, according to our research.
“Thanks to its sharp road holding, courageous engine and smart mild hybrid technology, it offers a mix of fun and austerity that was not seen before by its competitors. Moreover, it is just as practical as it is stylish.
“In short, the Ford Puma is really excellent.”
Victory over the 2020 What Car? car of the year awards marks the sixth time that Ford has received this prestigious award.
However, it is 11 years ago that the blue-oval brand received the award – last achieved by the Fiesta supermini in 2009.
Roelant de Waard, vice president at Ford of Europe, said it was a ‘big honor’ for the Ford Puma to take the crown.
“To receive so much praise from industry experts such as What Car? the year starts well, “he added.
Production of the new Ford Puma began in October 2019 at Ford’s state-of-the-art production facility in Craiova, Romania
The 2020 Puma is far removed from the original Ford to carry the same name – the iconic little coupe that won many fans for how well it dealt with
Other Which car? Award winners …
Three new categories were added to the 2020 prices to reflect the changing market that has seen increasing demand for electric models – and the continued success of expensive SUVs.
The Renault Zoe was crowned the first best small electric car, while Tesla’s Model 3 – the only battery-electric model that was twice in the monthly top 10 most registered models in 2019 – grabbed the gong for the best big EV.
Front charging: the Renault Zoe (left) and Tesla Model 3 (right) were named the best small and large electric cars respectively
The Range Rover Velar was the first model to win a new category that celebrated the capabilities of coupé SUVs
The slim Velar SUV from Range Rover won the third new prize as the best coupe SUV on the market for 2020.
In terms of brands, BMW took the biggest trophies.
IThe latest 3 series won a trio of awards – best executive car, plug-in hybrid and the safety prize.
Matthew Avery, research director of Thatcham Research and Safety Award, said the 3 series was an all-rounder for safety after registering some of the highest scores seen in the Euro NCAP impact tests.
“The 3 Series accounts for nearly a third of BMW’s annual sales, maximizing the real benefit of built-in safety technology. As a result, this car has the potential to make a real difference to the safety of British road users, “he added.
The BMW 3 series won three separate prizes, including one for safety. Experts say it was one of the best all-round crash testers in 2019
The German brand also picked up a fourth gong, with the larger 5 series being called the luxury top model.
Audi and Skoda also received multiple awards, with the Skoda Scala named as the best family car and the Skoda Superb the choice of estates.
Audi won the best luxury SUV with the Q7 and the best coupé thanks to the highly regarded TT.
Although he was not yet on the market, the ‘Reader Award’ for the most anticipated new model for the year went to the new Land Rover Defender.
Rawdon Glover, director of Jaguar Land Rover UK, said: “The What Car? Awards have long been among the most trusted in the industry and our achievements this year are a perfect confirmation of the path that we have embarked on Land Rover.
“Not only are two of our current vehicles now objectively the best in their respective classes, but the future also looks bright, with huge enthusiasm from the general public for the new defender.”
The Land Rover Defender, which costs from £ 40,000, was read by What Car? Readers. Named the most long-awaited new model for 2020. magazine
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