Performance & drive
What it’s like to drive, and how quiet it is
Engine, 0-60mph and gearbox
The Renault Captur range kicks off with the TCe 90, an 89bhp turbocharged 1.0-litre three-cylinder petrol that comes exclusively with a six-speed manual gearbox. Sadly, if you're hoping for the peppiness you get from a similarly powerful Seat Arona, Skoda Kamiq or Volkswagen T-Cross (they all share the same 1.0 TSI 95 petrol engine) you'll find it disappointingly sluggish. There's very little urgency unless you work it hard.
That's why we'd recommend the TCe 140, a 138bhp 1.3-litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrol available with a manual or automatic gearbox. It's not as quick as the Ford Puma 1.0 Ecoboost 155 MHEV but still provides surprisingly brisk acceleration, with 0-60mph in around 10 seconds.
Suspension and ride comfort
The Captur – like the Kia Stonic and Nissan Juke – doesn’t deal with pockmarked urban road surfaces particularly gracefully. It won’t shatter your spine, but you’ll feel potholes and ridges more than you would in the best-riding small SUVs, which include the Skoda Kamiq and Volkswagen T-Roc.
The Captur's ride improves as you build speed, but never completely settles. It fidgets, even on a smooth-looking section of motorway, and over bigger dips and crests it can get a bit bouncy. Our tip is to try to avoid the bigger 18in wheels, which make matters even worse.