Despite having an all-turbocharged engine range, the Captur isn’t blessed with particularly strong performance.
The entry-level 0.9-litre three-cylinder petrol comes with a five-speed manual gearbox, while the 1.2-litre four-cylinder petrol has the choice of a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic ’box. There are also two 1.5-litre diesels with either 89bhp or 108bhp; these are manual only.
The 0.9 feels nippy and is ideal for use around town. When fitted with the automatic gearbox, the 1.2 is a bit hesitant, but the manual version is much smoother and offers better performance than the 0.9 – albeit it at a higher price.
The lower-powered 1.5 diesel feels lively enough around town, if underpowered on faster roads. None of the Captur models is fast; in fact, most are slow even by the standards of the class. The Suzuki Vitara and Nissan Juke are available with far more power, for instance.
Braking performance is perfectly decent, although you have to get used to how sharp the initial pedal bite is.