The interior layout, fit and finish
To match the swagger of its more aggressive body kit and rear roof spoiler, you get a pair of figure-hugging and supportive Recaro sports seats up front, a flat-bottomed steering wheel and plenty of ‘ST’ emblems dotted around the interior. Those seats are excellent, proving comfortable over long distances and holding you in place well during hard cornering.
And while you don’t sit quite as low as you do in a Ford Fiesta ST, the driving position is excellent. Both the steering wheel and pedals are perfectly aligned with the driver’s seat, and those pedals are placed closely together to give you a nice ‘racy’ feel.
Ford's Sync 3 infotainment system is standard and comes with an 8.0in touchscreen and a wireless charging pad for your mobile phone. It isn't as slick as the T-Roc R’s system but, for the price point, is pretty decent: it has sharp graphics, lots of features (including Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, a DAB radio and Bluetooth) and relatively simple menus. You can even spec a premium B&O sound system if you’re something of an audiophile.
The system is augmented by a digital instrument panel in place of analogue dials. This is highly configurable and able to show you lots of useful information, including sat-nav mapping, the audio menus and trip computer.
In terms of interior quality, the Puma ST is rather impressive considering its price point. Key touch points such as the steering wheel and gear lever are wrapped in soft leather, the seats are finished in a grippy Miko Dinamica material and there are some pleasingly squidgy surfaces on the dashboard and tops of the doors. Granted, if you search lower down in the interior, you’ll find some flimsier materials, but the same can be said of the ‘premium’ T-Roc R and that car is significantly more expensive.
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