Parkers overall rating: 4.6 out of 5 4.6

Should you buy a Ford Puma?

If you’re in the market for a small SUV – and so many people are – then the answer is a resounding yes.

The Puma has modern engines, unrivalled handling dynamics, a pleasant enough interior and a flexible, practical boot.

It’s spectacular to drive and makes most of its rivals feel heavy, dour and frumpy in comparison. Certainly we can’t think of a comparable small SUV that we’d rather enjoy on a twisting back road, nor one we’d have more fun in simply doing the school run or a shopping trip.

Appealing to both the head and the heart, then, the Puma is as good as these cars get – and a worthy place to spend your money. The Skoda Kamiq runs it close by offering more cabin space, but doesn’t quite tug at the heartstrings as much as the Ford.

What we like

Nearly everything. The Puma’s practical boot is a real highlight, though, and takes it from being just a good-driving compact SUV to one with the chops to really make it as a small family’s main car.

What we don’t like

If there’s one weak point to the Puma it’s the dashboard, which feels a little bland and unimaginative compared to some rivals. For some, the lack of alternative engine choices – everything in the Puma range is powered by petrol – will be a dealbreaker, too.

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