Car test of the week: Ford puma flexifuel hybrid, the miracle solution

Before I get into the heart of the matter, you know I like to give you some personal thoughts on the news. It makes me feel good, and it’s cheaper than a session with a psychiatrist … You’ve already heard of the pay scandal of Carlos Tavarès, the head of the Stellantis group (Peugeot, Citroën, Opel, Fiat, Jeep, Lancia ). , Maserati, etc.), which will amount to 19 million euros in 2021 (66 with late bonuses!) For the good results of the group. Well, haven’t you heard of the crisis in Stellantis? Say a few words to those who have been waiting for the car for months … By comparison, this is a 3,500 year minimum wage. Look, it’s not better in Formula 1, Max Verstappen, the world champion, signed a contract at 55 M € per year, until 2028 … And his best enemy, Lewis Hamilton, harvested little or for the same .

Better than overpaid football stars! In this world that is losing its head, Ford is taking the path of reason. For a couple of years now, the American manufacturer has been offering Flexifuel versions in some of its models, that is, they run on bioethanol E85, the price per liter of which ranges from 0.70 to 0.80 €. As long as you don’t leave home, petrol and diesel are still € 1.80, well over € 2 lately. And I remind you that bioethanol is a renewable fuel, and chemically, it is alcohol. For once we can say that drunk driving is good, we will not be shy!

On board, it is the same as in the other Puma. Well, almost, if you have a good eye, you have noticed the 6-speed manual gearbox, the only one available, the automatic gearbox is not mounted on the Puma E85 hybrid.

Very wisely, Ford has expanded the Flexifuel to almost the entire range this year, and some models are enriched with hybridization. E85 + a handful of electrons sounds like the miraculous solution for eco-friendly driving, right? Yes, because the combustion of the E85 produces less CO2, and because the small electric motor “presses” a little, it reduces the overall consumption. Oh, not much, in any case less than a “full hybrid”, but the latter must be regularly recharged (every day?) To be able to drive for some time with the only force of electrons. In the case of our Puma, it is a “soft hybrid” technology, the battery is not cheerful enough to move it all by itself, but with each acceleration, it injects a few electrons commercially, and this gives a small boost, while saving a few centilitres of gasoline, sorry E85. Finally, it doesn’t matter, it’s a Flexifuel, it accepts everything (E85, E10, E5), sometimes you don’t find a bioethanol pump nearby during your trip. But given the price difference, it’s worth it (the cost!) To take a little detour, believe me. Just for the pleasure of seeing the liter counter go up faster than the euro … While driving, the small electrical input is noticeable with each acceleration, suddenly, the 125 hp announced seem to be finally more numerous, making the Puma more lively and playful. And then, for some as a baby gets older, he or she will outgrow this. It’s not good, but it’s probably human … For the rest, it’s a normal Puma, the small battery doesn’t weigh everything, nor does it reduce the volume of the trunk, very deep and always equipped with “magic”. Box “. So the handling is still natural, the small SUV is introduced anywhere, the comfort is real. Frankly, we are looking for a bug with this Puma Flexifuel Hybrid (apart from its extended name …), it is nice, well made and has the good taste of being economical, without being binding, as it is not rechargeable …

At what price?

In addition to being cheap to use, the Puma is also cheap to buy. The Puma E85 Hybrid is priced at € 24,900 and the high-end version “Vignale” is € 31,000. Keep in mind that it is not subject to malus, and then it will not cost you thousands and cents of fuel. In addition, it has the same price as the non-hybrid E85 version, which already existed, there is no need to deprive it …

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