New Renault Captur vs Ford Puma vs Skoda Kamiq: verdict

As the latest member of the small SUV club, the new Renault Captur's first challenge is to try and gain the upper hand over five-star rivals from Ford and Skoda...

New Renault Captur vs Ford Puma vs Skoda Kamiq

Our verdict

Although Renault has more experience with small SUVs than Ford and Skoda, the Captur finishes a distant third in this test. There’s no doubt it’s better than its predecessor, and the sliding rear bench could be rather handy, but the anaemic engine, limited interior space and mediocre driving manners count against it.

With that decision made, it’s time to pick a winner. And after totting up the scores, we face a quandary: the Puma and Kamiq are on exactly the same total.

There’s no doubt the Kamiq is a sensible choice, impressing with its tidy handling, comfortable ride and spacious, well-assembled interior. However, we suspect that those seeking a small SUV won’t have rear seat space as a major consideration.

More appealing will be a cleverly thought out and huge boot, decent levels of standard equipment and great fuel economy – all things the Puma nails. When you consider that it’s also the most enjoyable car here to drive no matter where you are, the Puma squeaks the victory.

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1st  Ford Puma

ford-puma-2020-front-studio

For Strong and frugal engine; cavernous, cleverly thought out boot; most fun to drive; well equipped
Against Rear seats merely adequate; priciest to buy on PCP finance

Recommended options Metallic paint (£500)

What Car? verdict 5 stars out of 5

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2nd  Skoda Kamiq

Skoda Kamiq front studio - blue 69-plate car

For Comfortable ride; tidy handling; quality interior; lots of rear seat space; cheapest to run
Against Two-level boot floor costs extra; the least SUV-like to sit in; sat-nav a pricey option

Recommended options Metallic paint (£595), keyless start (£245), height-adjustable boot floor (£155)

What Car? verdict 5 stars out of 5

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3rd  Renault Captur

Renault Captur front studio - orange 69-plate car

For Affordable PCP costs; good Euro NCAP crash test scores; flexible rear seats
Against Weak engine; so-so ride and handling; small touchscreen; cheapest-feeling interior

Recommended options Metallic paint (£560)

What Car? verdict 3 stars out of 5

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Specifications: Ford Puma 1.0 Ecoboost 125 mHEV Titanium

ford-puma-2020-rear-studio
  • Engine - 3cyl, 999cc, turbo, petrol
  • List price - £20,845
  • Target Price - £19,916
  • Monthly PCP cost - £274*
  • Peak power - 123bhp @ 6000rpm
  • Peak torque - 125lb ft @ 1400-4500rpm
  • Gearbox - 6-spd manual
  • 0-60mph - 9.5sec
  • 30-70mph - 9.2sec
  • Top speed - 119mph
  • 30-0mph - 11.8m
  • 70-0mph - 63.6mm
  • Noise at 30mph - 64.2db
  • Noise at 70mph - 67.2db
  • Official economy - 51.4mpg (WLTP)
  • Test economy - 43.5mpg
  • Fuel cost per 12,000 miles - £1564
  • Fuel tank - 42 litres
  • CO2 emissions - 125g/km

Specifications: Renault Captur TCe 100 Iconic

Renault Captur rear studio - orange 69-plate car
  • Engine - 3cyl, 999cc, turbo, petrol
  • List price - £19,095
  • Target Price - £18,548
  • Monthly PCP cost - £218*
  • Peak power - 99bhp @ 5000rpm
  • Peak torque - 118lb ft @ 2750rpm
  • Gearbox - 5-spd manual
  • 0-60mph - 11.5sec
  • 30-70mph - 11.0sec
  • Top speed - 107mph
  • 30-0mph - 9.5m
  • 70-0mph - 50.6m
  • Noise at 30mph - 62.2db
  • Noise at 70mph - 68.2db
  • Official economy - 47.9mpg (WLTP)
  • Test economy - 39.0mpg
  • Fuel cost per 12,000 miles - £1745
  • Fuel tank - 45 litres
  • CO2 emissions - 136g/km

Specifications: Skoda Kamiq 1.0 TSI 115 SE

Skoda Kamiq rear studio - blue 69-plate car
  • Engine - 3cyl, 999cc, turbo, petrol
  • List price - £19,935
  • Target Price - £17,421
  • Monthly PCP cost - £242*
  • Peak power - 113bhp @ 5000-5500rpm
  • Peak torque - 148lb ft @ 2000-3500rpm
  • Gearbox - 6-spd manual
  • 0-60mph - 9.4sec
  • 30-70mph - 9.3sec
  • Top speed - 100mph
  • 30-0mph - 8.5m
  • 70-0mph - 46.4m
  • Noise at 30mph - 62.1db
  • Noise at 70mph - 68.2db
  • Official economy - 48.7mpg (WLTP)
  • Test economy - 41.6mpg
  • Fuel cost per 12,000 miles - £1636
  • Fuel tank - 50 litres
  • CO2 emissions - 131g/km

*Based on 36 months with a £2500 deposit and 10,000-mile annual limit
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