Ford launched its new Puma on the Irish market this week. Prices for the small/compact crossover start from €24,465 but people will also go for the ST-Line trim at €26,065 (the range topping ST-Line X I drove to Naas on Monday costs €27,865).
Standard spec includes pre-collision assist, 8ins SYNC with navigation, 17ins alloys, electronic air con, cruise control with adjustable speed limiter, LED headlamps/auto high-beam, FordPass Connect, keyless start, driver/passenger seats' massage; wireless charging.
The new arrival is powered by a lively 125PS 1-litre EcoBoost petrol with mild-hybrid technology (it is not a proper hybrid).
Watch out for the cleverly designed large boot with its underfloor capacity.
There will be an automatic version by July; you can expect it to cost around €2,000 more.
Automatics in smaller cars are becoming more popular as people look for ease of driving in urban and suburban surroundings.