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Automatic choice: The new Ford Puma starts at a lower price, but the top-of-the range version will set you back €27,865 – while those holding out for an automatic will have to wait until July and fork out an extra €2,000

Automatic choice: The new Ford Puma starts at a lower price, but the top-of-the range version will set you back €27,865 – while those holding out for an automatic will have to wait until July and fork out an extra €2,000

Automatic choice: The new Ford Puma starts at a lower price, but the top-of-the range version will set you back €27,865 – while those holding out for an automatic will have to wait until July and fork out an extra €2,000

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.

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