Parkers overall rating: 4.4 out of 5 4.4
  • Huge boot boosted by additional space under the floor
  • Megabox offers a whole host of potential uses
  • Uninterrupted load space is a metre wide

How much space is there?

Storage for smaller items in the cabin is okay – there’s a useful shelf ahead of the gear lever and a big glovebox, but the door bins are only moderately-sized and the cupholders are positioned right back next to the handbrake.

In the back seats, the amount of space the Puma offers is more Fiesta than Focus. It’s also worth bearing in mind that the Puma remains a fairly narrow car, so a fifth passenger won’t be particularly comfortable for any extended periods of time.

That’s by no means unique in this sector, but cars like the Honda HR-V do offer greater space in the back seats – and rivals like the Renault Captur also offer clever touches like a sliding rear bench to maximise legroom for rear passengers.

Boot space and storage

Despite its compact external proportions, the Puma’s boot space is better than its closest competition at an impressive 456 litres. That’s 164 litres more than the Fiesta on which it’s based.

Quite a bit of that extra practicality comes courtesy of the 80-litre storage compartment underneath the boot floor. Ford calls this ‘Megabox’ – it’s lined with waterproof and hardwearing plastic that also comes with a drain plug at the bottom.

It could be handy for storing damp equipment if you enjoy watersports or even wet dog towels if you often take your hound off on muddy walks (the Puma is one of our recommended cars for dog owners).

It’s also perfect for muddy or dirty shoes or sports kit (that you can hose off and let the water drain away. Or, you can lift up the boot floor and use the Megabox to give greater loading height – it means the Puma can carry items over a metre long upright, such as golf clubs.

The parcel shelf is flexible and attached to the tailgate, so it doesn’t get in the way, and the max loading weight for the boot is 565kg – handy for heavy-duty trips to the garden centre or DIY store.

Is it easy to park?

The Puma is longer, wider and taller than the average hatchback but it’s not a whopper by compact SUV terms. It uses the same frustratingly-small door mirrors as the Fiesta, though, which make parking a little more of a pain than it ought to be.

Still, rear parking sensors are standard equipment, while top-spec models get front sensors too. A rear-view camera is optional for all trim levels.

It also has an optional automatic parking system. Press the button, drive past the spot, follow the instructions on screen and it’ll park for you. It’s one of the simplest and most effective systems around.

Safety

  • Five-star rating from Euro NCAP
  • Loads of autonomous technology
  • Can communicate hazards to other cars

The Ford Puma was given a full five stars when tested by Euro NCAP.

LED headlamps are standard on top-spec models and optional on others, but the distance range at night wasn’t as impressive as we’d hoped.

The Puma features a dozen sensors, three radars and two cameras to help the driver manoeuvre the car safely at low speed and also on the motorway.

The most ground-breaking innovation included with this car is the new Local Hazard Information system – an on-board modem that communicates a warning with other so-equipped cars when there has been a crash or other hazard on the road ahead. Examples of the dangers include broken down vehicles, objects in the carriageway and even hazardous driving conditions like fog or ice.

Other tech available includes:

You can opt for the Driver Assistance Pack to combine the majority of the listed tech above.

We found the adaptive cruise control to work well, responding to other vehicles soon enough and shedding speed gradually – unlike other systems which can slam on the brakes abruptly.

Watch: Ford Puma Euro NCAP crash test video

Basic equipment

The basic equipment list includes equipment that is standard across all versions of the Ford Puma SUV.

  • 3x3 point rear seat belts
  • Alarm
  • Front fog lights
  • Heated mirrors
  • PAS
  • Sat Nav

Equipment by trim level

To view equipment options for a specific trim level, please select from the following list:

Equipment included on some trim levels
  • Air conditioning
  • Alloy wheels
  • Audio remote
  • Climate control
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Cruise control
  • Electric sunroof
  • Heated seats
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Leather seat trim
  • Lumbar support
  • Parking sensors
  • Partial leather seat trim

ST-Line equipment

ST-Line standard equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Audio remote
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Cruise control
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Lumbar support
ST-Line optional equipment
  • Parking sensors

ST-Line Vignale equipment

ST-Line Vignale standard equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Audio remote
  • Climate control
  • Cruise control
  • Heated seats
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Leather seat trim
  • Lumbar support
  • Parking sensors
ST-Line Vignale optional equipment
None available

ST-Line X equipment

ST-Line X standard equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Audio remote
  • Cruise control
  • Parking sensors
ST-Line X optional equipment
  • Alloy wheels
  • Climate control
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Heated seats
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Leather seat trim
  • Lumbar support
  • Partial leather seat trim

ST-Line X First Edition equipment

ST-Line X First Edition standard equipment
  • Audio remote
  • Climate control
  • Parking sensors
  • Partial leather seat trim
ST-Line X First Edition optional equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Alloy wheels
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Cruise control
  • Heated seats
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Leather seat trim
  • Lumbar support

ST-Line X First Edition Plus equipment

ST-Line X First Edition Plus standard equipment
  • Audio remote
  • Climate control
  • Electric sunroof
  • Parking sensors
  • Partial leather seat trim
ST-Line X First Edition Plus optional equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Alloy wheels
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Cruise control
  • Heated seats
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Leather seat trim
  • Lumbar support

ST-Line X Gold Edition equipment

ST-Line X Gold Edition standard equipment
  • Alloy wheels
  • Audio remote
  • Climate control
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Heated seats
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Lumbar support
  • Parking sensors
ST-Line X Gold Edition optional equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Cruise control
  • Leather seat trim
  • Partial leather seat trim

Titanium equipment

Titanium standard equipment
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Cruise control
  • Lumbar support
Titanium optional equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Audio remote
  • Climate control
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Parking sensors

Titanium First Edition equipment

Titanium First Edition standard equipment
  • Audio remote
  • Climate control
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Heated seats
  • Lumbar support
  • Parking sensors
Titanium First Edition optional equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Cruise control
  • Height adjustable drivers seat

Euro NCAP Rating – 5 stars

The Ford Puma SUV was tested by Euro NCAP in 2019 and was awarded a 5 star overall rating. This overall rating is calculated from the following individual ratings:

5 star rating
Test 2019
Individual safety ratings
Adult Occupant: 94%
Child Occupant: 84%
Vulnerable Road Users: 77%
Safety Assist: 74%

Euro NCAP provides motoring consumers with a realistic and independent assessment of the safety performance of some of the most popular cars sold in Europe. The safety ratings are determined from a series of vehicle tests, designed and carried out by Euro NCAP. These tests represent, in a simplified way, important real life accident scenarios that could result in injured or killed car occupants or other road users.