1999 Ford Cougar 24v 2.5 from UK and Ireland


Brings a smile to my face every time


Stuck switch on the dash computer.

Rear wash wipe switch is broken.

Exhaust catalyst replaced due to excess noise.

General Comments:

Deciding to purchase this car was a big decision for someone who previously owned a turbo diesel for the previous four years. But buy it I did, and love it I do.

Had a few niggles, but most covered by the dealer's warranty. Ride is smooth and very grippy, acceleration fantastic and although I have the cloth seat version I personally find it very comfortable. The dash and instruments are very cleverly designed, but I have had problem's with the view of the speedometer in respect to the height adjustment of the steering wheel, this could be down to stumpy legs of course.

A big surprise to me was the fuel consumption, I expected it to be poor, but seems with careful driving to be moderate to good.

Overall I would definitely recommend this car, but new, at full retail price?

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 12th September, 2001

1999 Ford Cougar 24v X 2.5 from UK and Ireland


A high performance bargain



General Comments:

This is without doubt the best car I have ever owned. Previous cars include a Mondeo, 2 Sierras, an Escort, a Cortina (all Fords), a VW Passat and a Mazda.

The Cougar is comfortable (I am only 5ft 8") and I can drive for hours without needing a break.

It is very quick about town (no-one beats me off the lights) and on the motorway it is majestic. Overtaking is a breeze.

Its road holding abilities make it a joy to drive around winding country lanes.

It is truly an all-round performer. It feels and behaves like a sports car, and when you need the practicality of a hatch-back, it is able to oblige.

It is one of the most distinctive looking cars on the road.


Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 10th July, 2001

1999 Ford Cougar 2.5 from UK and Ireland


A high performance car at a very good price, beats a BMW anyday, I know from experience!!!


Nothing to date.

General Comments:

The Cougar is a lovely all around car. Great drive, very comfortable and great top speed. It's a pity about the seats in the back, but ones in the front are very nice.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 12th April, 2001

10th Jul 2007, 15:40

Your view of the Cougar is spot on mate. A little room in the back is fine, as I sit in the front most of the time!

As for people who think the cougar is sloppy on twisty roads; well they might just not be drivers in the true sense, and should remember the car is big and heavy as far as sports cars go.

I have owned my Cougar for 6 months now, and I'm over the moon with how it drives and looks; it always makes me smile.

20th Jul 2013, 07:03

Beats a BMW! Haha good jokeā€¦

1999 Ford Cougar 2.0 petrol from UK and Ireland


Clutch problem in first days, ie wouldn't go into gear, had to stop/start engine, but it righted itself!!

General Comments:

I think the car is great, despite the other two reviews, I think the seats are very comfortable, and provide excellent support in the lower back, something I have found lacking in other makes. It's not "hot hatch" performance, but is very smooth, and 4k revs up, "goes" quite well. All the women in my village.... love it!!!!!!!!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 19th November, 1999