New Ford Puma & Nissan Juke vs Volkswagen T-Roc: space

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...

Ford Puma rear seats

Space and practicality

Front space, rear space, seating flexibility, boot

You’re unlikely to grumble about the amount of room in the front of any these small SUVs, but what about in the back? Well, all three are fine for a couple of average-sized adults, although the Puma is the least spacious for more statuesque people; knees will be closer to the backs of the front seats and, as in the Juke, some hair is likely to be brushing the ceiling. Both of those cars feel a little claustrophobic because of their relatively small rear windows, too.

Nissan Juke rear seats

So, overall, the T-Roc’s rear seats are the most pleasant for two occupants. It has fractionally less leg room than the Juke, but there’s still enough, and it has the most head room and the best view out. However, for three adults sitting side by side, the T-Roc is actually the most cramped. The Juke’s extra leg room makes it the best, while its domed roof alleviates any head room issues for the middle passenger. 

Volkswagen T-Roc rear seats

With the T-Roc’s height-adjustable boot floor in its lowest setting, you can fit seven carry-on suitcases below its parcel shelf, versus six in the Juke. You can fit six cases in the Puma’s main boot compartment, too – but it’s got a trick up its sleeve. Lift up its boot floor and you’ll find a large well that can take another two cases. Or, if you clip the boot floor up against its rear seats and remove the parcel shelf, you can stand two sets of golf clubs, or a couple of tall pot plants, vertically.  There’s even a removable plug at the bottom of the well, so you can hose out any mud afterwards. 

All three come with 60/40 split-folding rear seatbacks for those occasions when you need to carry even more clobber.

Ford Puma

Ford Puma boot

Front space is fine in all three, although Puma’s driver’s seat only just goes back far enough to accommodate our tallest tester. Rear seats are tightest, but boot’s underfloor storage is a boon

Boot 401-1161 litres Suitcases 8

Nissan Juke

Nissan Juke boot

Juke has the most rear leg room but, as in the Puma, head room is tight and the view out is restricted due to the sloping roof. The boot comes with a height-adjustable floor but is the smallest 

Boot 422-1305 litres Suitcases 6

Volkswagen T-Roc

Volkswagen T-Roc boot

T-Roc is the widest in the front. Rear leg room is decent, there’s plenty of head and foot room and the rear seats feel airy. All three cars have 60/40-split seats; only the T-Roc gets a ski hatch 

Boot 445-1290 litres Suitcases 7

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