Renault Captur vs Ford Ecosport vs Ssangyong Korando

Is the improved Ecosport good enough to steal sales from the Renault Captur and Ssangyong Korando?

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Our verdict

The Captur wins because it suits the purposes of anyone wanting a compact car with an SUV flavour so well. It’s decent to drive, especially around town, and it has big-car interior flexibility while remaining easy to get into tight parking spaces. On top of that, it’s well-equipped, competitively priced and the cheapest of our trio to run as a company car.

If you can stretch your budget up to Dynamique Nav trim, we’d recommend you do because it adds a user-friendly colour touchscreen, sat-nav and climate control for an extra cost of Β£1100. However, this entry-level Expression+ model makes plenty of sense if you’re content with its more basic equipment provisions.

It’s a close call between the Ecosport and Korando, but the Ssangyong takes second place due to the clear benefits of its added roominess and stronger performance. Some people may consider its chunkier proportions a disadvantage for urban use, but it’s still easy enough to manoeuvre and is also fairly comfy, although its noisy engine and disappointing real-world fuel economy certainly count against it.

The Ecosport is no longer the lemon it once was. The recent revisions mean it now handles with some finesse. Its low Target Price is tempting if you’re buying outright and you can add sat-nav for a sensible price. However, its performance and firm ride still disappoint, and it isn’t very practical, either. While now adequate on many levels, it remains on the reserve bench in this class.

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Renault Captur 1.5 dCi 90 Expression+

Rated 4 out of 5

For Decent enough to drive; versatile interior; quiet and frugal engine

Against Cheap-feeling interior; no DAB radio or sat-nav available on this trim level; grabby brakes

Verdict There are better diesel SUVs, but not at this price

Read the full Renault Captur review

2nd – Ssangyong Korando 2.2 SE

Rated 3 out of 5

For Most spacious inside; gutsy engine; supple ride

Against Noisy engine; stodgy handling; basic stereo

Verdict Big and cheap; the simple Korando has appeal

Read the full Ssangyong Korando review 2.2 SE

3rd - Ford Ecosport 1.5 TDCi 95 Zetec

Rated 3 out of 5

For Tidy handling; slick gearshift; big discounts

Against Firm ride; practicality; feeble performance

VerdictBetter than it was, but still hard to recommend

Read the full Ford Ecosport review 1.5 TDCi 95 Zetec

Specifications: Ford Ecosport 1.5 TDCi 95 Zetec

Engine size 1.5-litre, diesel

List price Β£16,295

Target Price Β£14,430

Power 94bhp

Torque 159lb ft

0-62mph 13.2sec

Top speed 99mph

Fuel economy 52.4mpg (True MPG)

CO2 115g/km

Renault Captur 1.5 dCi 90 Expression+

Engine size 1.5-litre, diesel

List price Β£16,275

Target Price Β£14,713

Power 89bhp

Torque 162lb ft

0-62mph 12.5sec

Top speed 106mph

Fuel economy 58.3mpg (True MPG)

CO2 95g/km

Ssangyong Korando 2.2 SE

Engine size 2.2-litre, diesel

List price Β£15,995

Target Price Β£14,651

Power 176bhp

Torque 295lb ft

0-62mph 9.5sec

Top speed 115mph

Fuel economy 44.1mpg (True MPG)

CO2 139g/km

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