New Ford Puma & Nissan Juke vs Volkswagen T-Roc: infotainment
The all-new Ford Puma and Nissan Juke have the potential to take charge of the popular small SUV market. But first they have to beat the Volkswagen T-Roc...
The Puma’s Sync 3 system’s graphics look basic and the 8.0in screen isn’t super-sharp. The system isn’t particularly responsive but in the main is easy to navigate, and you get standard smartphone mirroring (as you do with all three) to bypass Ford’s software and use your phone’s apps instead. Wireless charging is standard and the 10-speaker B&O hi-fi is great, producing a punchy and detailed sound.
The Juke’s 8.0in screen is a little sharper than the Puma’s and its graphics more attractive, but when you prod the icons there’s often a delay before you get a response. You get many connected services and can even hook it up to your Google Assistant to ask questions such as, “When’s my car due a service?” The Bose stereo is the best here. It has speakers in the headrests and sounds warm and involving.
T-Roc has the highest-definition screen and the best-looking graphics, plus it’s responsive when you press the icons and the layers of menus are the simplest to use. As in the Juke, you get physical knobs to change the volume and scroll with, making it easier to use while driving than operating the touchscreen. Without the optional Beats upgrade (£425), the sound system is the least impressive of our contenders.