Recently, the brand’s crossover with the blue oval has doubled its entry-level petrol engine with a flexfuel version. And between the two, the choice is quickly seen.
A tiny badge. In principle, this is the only detail that differentiates the Puma Flexifuel from its more classic EcoBoost 125 counterpart. Under the hood, the same 3-cylinder 1.0 turbo with 125 hp snorts while letting escape rare vibrations before revealing a voluntary character if not being really talkative.
Less demonstrative than in our memory, the mechanics undoubtedly suffer as much from the 10 Nm of torque which vanished during its conversion to superethanol as from the large optional 19 ”rims of our ST-Line version. Note that in battle, this small block with direct injection also separated from its 48 V micro-hybridization and from its stop & start to the extended operating range.
With the exception of these few nuances, the Puma remains good company no matter what, in the city or on the road. The question then arises of the possible interest of this Flexifuel version, only available with a manual gearbox, not far from swallowing 8 l / 100 km depending on the on-board computer (against a little over 7 l / 100 km usually) and so little different to drive in the end.
The answer, unequivocally, intervenes from the first time at the pump. Filling up with bioethanol does not cost much more than € 30 in the worst case! It’s simple, the sum is almost halved compared to that paid during refueling with the conventional gasoline engine.
For the sake of conscience, we have accompanied this Puma with one of its diesel equivalents. A Peugeot 2008 BlueHDi 110 in this case. However, although the difference in consumption of our two crossovers amounts to nearly 2/100 km in favor of the French, Choosing its American rival further reduces fuel costs per kilometer by 40%. Only the additional autonomy still pleads in favor of diesel.
Regarding the depreciation of such a version against gasoline of the same power, the calculation is not rocket science. Ford displays the two engines at exactly the same price. From 23,300 €. Mass is said, at least after this first conclusive contact.
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