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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What will they cost?

All three have similar list prices, but Ford dealers offer the biggest discounts. That makes the Ecosport cheapest by more than Β£200 over the Korando and nearly Β£300 over the Captur. The Ecosport is predicted to hold its value slightly better than its rivals, too, so it will cost you the least in the long run if you buy one outright.

However, most people will choose to take out finance, on which basis the Captur is cheapest. Put down a Β£3000 deposit on a three-year PCP deal and you’ll pay Β£172 a month for the Captur, Β£195 for the Ford and Β£199 for the Korando. All three of those deals have a 12,000-mile annual limit.

Company car drivers will also be drawn to the Captur; it’ll cost Β£785 less than the Ford over three years in benefit-in-kind (BIK) tax bills, assuming you’re a 40% tax payer, while the Korando is the priciest company car by nearly the same amount again. The Korando is also the least fuel efficient in real-world driving.

Standard equipment on all three of these cars includes 16in alloys, four electric windows and air conditioning. The Captur is the only one that also comes with keyless start and automatic headlights and wipers. However, it's also the only that can’t be had with rear parking sensors; these are an affordable option on both other cars.

All of our trio come with an alarm and immobiliser, although security expert Thatcham rated the Korando below average for resisting break-ins and being stolen. The Ecosport was also below par for resisting being broken into, although it did manage the same five-out-of-five rating as the Captur for guarding against being stolen.

The Korando is the only car here that hasn’t been crash tested by Euro NCAP; the Ecosport was awarded four out of five stars and the Captur the full five-star rating by the safety body. Ssangyong’s unlimited mileage, five-year warranty is substantially better than the four-years/100,000 miles and three-years/60,000 miles of cover provided by Renault and Ford respectively.

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