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

Despite compact external proportions, the Puma is a practical SUV too: boot space is better than its closest competition at 456 litres, which is 164 litres more than the Fiesta upon which it is based.

Still, quite a bit of that extra practicality comes courtesy of the 80-litre compartment underneath the boot floor (which Ford calls Megabox), a storage space lined with waterproof and hard-wearing plastic that also comes with a drain plug at the bottom.

As well as a handy place to store things you don’t want rolling around in the boot, it’s also perfect for muddy or dirty shoes or sports kit (since you can hose any dirt out and then let the water pour away) and also means the Puma can carry items over a metre long in an upright position, such as a set of golf clubs.

Even without the Megabox, the Puma’s boot is a practical space, with an uninterrupted one-metre width and a moveable floor that offers either maximum space or a large flat loadspace with the seats folded. This is positioned with neat, hinged ledges that fold out of the way when not in use.

The parcel shelf is flexible and attached to the tailgate, so it doesn’t get in the way or require any hinges in the loadspace that would eat into storage. You can also carry up to 565kg in the boot, handy for heavy-duty trips to the garden centre or DIY store.

Some other handy features include a segment-first optional handsfree tailgate, which can be opened automatically by waving your foot under the rear bumper, and removable seat covers that can be unzipped and washed when dirty.

In the back seats the amount of space on offer is more Fiesta than Focus, and it’s worth bearing in mind the Puma remains a fairly narrow car, so a fifth passenger won’t be particularly comfortable for any extended periods of time. If you need extra space, Ford will point you in the direction of the larger Kuga

Is it easy to park?

There are extra inches in the exterior bodywork to accommodate all of this space however – unsurprisingly the Puma is longer, wider and taller than the smaller hatchback so it’s worth measuring your garage or parking space to make sure it’ll fit.

The Puma uses the same frsutratingly-small door mirrors as the Fiesta, but the positioning of them has made a big a difference – because they’re sited further ahead on the doors, you get a wider field of vision behind you, allowing you to spot potential hazards sooner.

Otherwise, rear parking sensors are standard on all Pumas, while front parking sensors are fitted to top-spec models. A rear-view camera is optional on all trim levels.

Impressive safety credentials

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

The Ford Puma has been given a full five stars when tested by Euro NCAP, like the Fiesta upon which it is loosely based. This car is available with more driver-assistance tech too, so you should be in safe hands.

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.

As is the way with modern cars 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
  • Alloy wheels
  • Audio remote
  • Front fog lights
  • Parking sensors
  • 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
  • Climate control
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Cruise control
  • Electric sunroof
  • Heated seats
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Leather seat trim
  • Lumbar support
  • Partial leather seat trim
  • Sports seats

ST equipment

ST standard equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Cruise control
  • Heated seats
  • Lumbar support
  • Partial leather seat trim
  • Sports seats
ST optional equipment
None available

ST-Line equipment

ST-Line standard equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Cruise control
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Lumbar support
ST-Line optional equipment
None available

ST-Line X equipment

ST-Line X standard equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Cruise control
ST-Line X optional equipment
  • Climate control
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Heated seats
  • Leather seat trim
  • Partial leather seat trim

ST-Line X First Edition equipment

ST-Line X First Edition standard equipment
  • Climate control
  • Partial leather seat trim
ST-Line X First Edition optional equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Cruise control
  • Heated seats
  • Leather seat trim

ST-Line X First Edition Plus equipment

ST-Line X First Edition Plus standard equipment
  • Climate control
  • Electric sunroof
  • Partial leather seat trim
ST-Line X First Edition Plus optional equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Cruise control
  • Heated seats
  • Leather seat trim

Titanium equipment

Titanium standard equipment
  • Climate control
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Cruise control
  • Lumbar support
Titanium optional equipment
None available

Titanium First Edition equipment

Titanium First Edition standard equipment
  • Climate control
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Heated seats
  • Lumbar support
Titanium First Edition optional equipment
  • Cruise control

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.