Unsurprisingly, the 1.2 TCE 100 turbocharged petrol engine is the best fun; it's particularly strong mid-range, as well as lively off the mark. Other options are the non-turbo 1.2 (74bhp) petrol and the 87bhp 1.5 dCi diesel. Neither is quick, but both are perfectly adequate. There's also the 110bhp 1.6 petrol with an automatic gearbox.
Renault Modus Hatchback ride & handling
The suspension is soft, and doesn't jar much over bumps, road-humps or potholes, which makes it well-suited as an urban runaround. The downside is that the handling suffers: the Modus is prone to body roll, and as the steering has very little feel, is uninspiring to drive.
Renault Modus Hatchback refinement
Wind- and road noise are generally well-contained, with the cabin well-insulated from the outside world, but the diesel engine is clattery and noisy, particularly at start-up, and the non-turbo 1.2 petrol can get harsh as well.