Ford Puma interior
You get an impressive amount of infotainment kit as standard in the Puma, but its interior doesn’t feel all that upmarket compared to some alternatives
Looks-wise, the cabin of the Ford Puma isn’t all that different from that of the Ford Fiesta hatchback. It uses the same simple, fuss-free layout that’s easy to find your way around, with a row of proper buttons and controls positioned beneath the dash-top infotainment screen.
Compared with the properly integrated displays you get in the likes of the VW T-Cross and Skoda Kamiq, the Puma’s free-standing set-up looks a bit dated and old-fashioned – but at least it’s easy to reach and see. There isn’t too much in the way of colour throughout the rest of the cabin, though – a Nissan Juke is much more vibrant.
The Puma is home to quite a few harder, scratchier sections of plastic – but higher-spec models do at least get soft-touch materials on the armrests and door handles. The more various ST-Line models get a handful of additional styling touches to help them to appear more athletic too, such as special cloth or leather upholstery with contrasting red stitching.
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All Ford Puma’s come with an 8-inch touchscreen that’s mounted on top of the dash. Its graphics are crisper, brighter and easier to read than what you get in a Nissan Juke, and responsiveness is pretty good too – it certainly outclasses the likes of the Renault Captur and Toyota C-HR.
That said, the set-up in a Skoda Kamiq or VW T-Cross is slicker still; and the mapping information that’s displayed by the satellite navigation is even more details and impressive than what you get in the Ford.
Speaking of sat nav, it’s only available in ST-Line Design models and above – the entry-level Titanium Design variant misses out. Still, all cars in the Puma range get Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity as standard, and to be honest these set-ups are far easier to use than Ford’s own anyway.
All Pumas except for Titanium Design and Titanium get a 12.3-inch digital driver’s display as standard too. Unfortunately you can’t use this to show mapping information from either of those smartphone pairing interfaces, but the screen itself is exceptionally clear.
The high-end ST-Line X, ST-Line Vignale and ST models all get an uprated Bang & Olufsen sound system as standard; as well as a wireless charge pad for your phone (although this is also a £150 option on Titanium models).