Ford Puma review

Category: Small SUV

Section: Passenger & boot space

Available fuel types:petrol
Available colours:
Ford Puma rear seats - grey 69-plate car
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Passenger & boot space

How it copes with people and clutter

Front space

Unless you’re exceptionally tall, you’ll fit just fine in the front of the Puma. It's not as roomy as the Volkswagen T-Roc, mind, which has a few centimetres more head room, along with a slightly broader interior that provides more shoulder room between the driver and front passenger.

There’s plenty of stowage space, thanks to decent-sized door bins, a cubby in front of the gearlever, another one below the front armrest and a couple of cupholders between the front seats.

Rear space

The Puma's small rear side windows don’t help create an impression of roominess and, in real terms, a couple of six-footers will enjoy less knee room than they would in a T-Roc or the limo-like Skoda Kamiq. Head room is also worse than it is in both of those cars, although there's still enough space for a couple of taller adults.

It’s best to avoid the optional panoramic roof, though – this lowers the height of the ceiling and reduces head room, particularly in the back.

Ford Puma rear seats - grey 69-plate car

Seat folding and flexibility

All Pumas have 60/40 split-folding rear seats, which matches what you get in almost all small SUVs.

It’s a pity there’s no ski hatch (there is in the rival VW T-Roc), but other clever seating tricks are few and far between in this class. The Volkswagen T-Cross, with it’s sliding rear seats, is one notable exemption.

 

Boot space

You can fit six carry-on-sized suitcases in the main boot compartment – one fewer than you’ll squeeze in a Kamiq or T-Roc. But the Puma has a trick up its sleeve. Lift up its boot floor and you’ll find a large well underneath that can swallow a further two cases.

If you clip the boot floor vertically against the rear seatbacks, you can stand two sets of golf clubs, or a couple of pot plants, upright in the well. There’s even a removable plug at the bottom, so you can hose any mud out afterwards.

The boot floor is also height-adjustable and, when set to its highest position, leaves no step in the floor of the extended load bay when the rear seats are folded down, and only a very small lip at the boot entrance. The tailgate-mounted parcel shelf is yet another clever feature because it lifts up when the boot is opened to give excellent access.

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