Which is the best SUV for me?

A keen driver wants to replace her Ford Fiesta with an SUV but can't decide which one will suit her best...

Ford Puma front - LHD

I'm a disabled driver and am currently driving a Ford Fiesta on the Motability leasing scheme. It's a great car, but my lease ends soon and I’d like to replace it with something a little bit higher and easier to get in and out of, because I'm not getting younger.

I’d like a car that’s as easy and enjoyable to drive as the Fiesta, and with enough room in the back for two adults. I like the look of the Ford Puma, but I’m wondering if something a bit bigger, such as the Ford Focus Active, would be a better choice. 

Em Keohan

What Car? says…

The Focus Active is 30mm taller than the regular Focus and it’s bigger than the Fiesta, so there will be plenty of room for two adults in the back. It’s also fun to drive and good value for money. 

However, the Ford Puma is our 2020 Car of the Year, and we’d recommend it over the Focus for a number of reasons. First and foremost, it’s great fun to drive, so you won’t miss your Fiesta. It is also a proper SUV, rather than a hatchback that's been made to look like one, as is the case with the Focus Active. 

That means it has tall, wide-opening doors and higher seats than the Focus Active, making it easier to enter and exit. And, although the rear seats aren't as roomy as the Focus's, there's still enough space to accommodate two tall adults comfortably. 

Although the Focus Active has a low list price for a family car, it isn't such good value as the Puma on Motability, because it requires the lessee to pay an up-front fee of at least £795. The advance payment for the similar-priced Puma in Titanium trim is £195. Both models cost the full weekly mobility allowance.   

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