£14,745 - £22,310 Price range
50 - 78 MPG
The Renault Captur is a small SUV that competes with the Ford EcoSport, Vauxhall Mokka and Nissan Juke. Prices start from £14,745 and if you buy the Captur using carwow you can save an average of £2,640.
Although it’s very similar to the Renault Clio under the skin, the Captur’s tall body means it has a lot more space. There’s plenty of room up front for adults and the rear seats can slide backwards to give rear passengers more legroom. The Captur’s 450-litre boot is also significantly bigger than the Clio’s. Plastic quality isn’t great, but reflects the Captur’s relatively cheap price.
Aside from its raised driving position, which gives the driver an excellent view of the road ahead, the Captur feels much like the Clio to drive. Its light steering means it is easy to manoeuvre at low speeds, but makes it feel a little nervous in corners – it leans more than the Clio when cornering too.
Petrol engines come in 0.9 and 1.2-litre forms, but the latter’s fitted as standard with an automatic gearbox, which restricts performance and lowers fuel economy. Instead go for the 1.5-litre diesel that can return more than 75mpg and is free to tax.
Kit includes air conditioning, cruise control and a Bluetooth phone connection. Keyless entry is also standard – rare for a car in this price bracket.
Cheapest to buy: 0.9-litre 90 Expression Plus petrol
Cheapest to run: 1.5-litre 90 Dynamique S diesel
Fastest model: 1.2-litre 120 Dynamique S petrol
Most popular: 1.5-litre 110 Dynamique MediaNav
Reviewers say the interior is fresh-looking, modern and neat, marred a little by some harder plastics that testers do suggest should be easy to keep clean. Higher-spec models get useful zip-off seat covers (making it ideal if you work outdoors) and generally snazzier cabins. It’s comfortable though, and has a good driving position.
Renault Captur passenger space
A priority for cars like the Captur is space and it does fairly well here. It’s 60mm longer than the Renault Clio that it is based upon so there is space for adults in the back as well as in the front, and rear-seat passenger space can be increased by sliding the seats back on their runners.
Renault Captur boot Space
Those sliding rear seats mean boot space can be increased from 377 to 455 litres as long as you don’t mind sacrificing some legroom. Total boot capacity, with the back seats folded down, peaks at 1,235 litres – 89 litres more than you get in the Clio.
Like Renaults of old, the Captur is more comfort oriented than it is sporty, but the supermini underpinnings make it an easy car to drive. Light and quick steering makes the Captur feel at home in town, as does its raised ride height that gives the driver a better view of the road ahead.
Out of town the steering’s too light, though, so the Captur seems a little nervous in corners and there’s precious little feel to tell you when it is losing grip. Its soft suspension and tall body sees to it that there’s also quite a lot of body lean, which makes the car feel like it could tip over, although the stability control system will stop this from ever happening.
The Captur usually rides well and feels secure enough on the road, but can be easily unsettled by big bumps and its tyres transmit a lot of noise into the cabin. Trim levels with larger wheels can make the car decidedly jiggly on bumpy roads.
There are four engine options in the Captur. Two are dinky petrol units – a three-cylinder 0.9-litre TCe and a 1.2-litre four-cylinder TCe – while the third is the 89hp 1.5-litre dCi turbodiesel that you’ll find in just about any of Renault and Nissan’s smaller offerings. From mid-2015 the Captur was available with a 110hp version of the 1.5-litre diesel too.
Renault Captur diesel engines
Of these, the diesels are best-suited to carting people and stuff around, with a good chunk of low-down torque, a slick gearbox and enough smoothness at cruising speeds. It can get a little noisy though, making the more refined petrols a better choice for a quieter life.
Renault Captur petrol engines
Unfortunately the 118hp 1.2 TCe engine, is combined with a dim-witted dual-clutch auto box that isn’t quite as quick as the best units. It’ll reach 0-62mph in 10.5 seconds though and fuel economy is decent, at 52.3 mpg.
The 89hp 0.9 TCe doesn’t really offer anything to compete with either of the other engines, not matching the diesel’s in-gear performance or 76mpg fuel economy. It’s a lovely little engine, but perhaps not best suited to cars bigger than the Clio.
It's generally a well-rated engine, despite what the buzzScore above may suggest. For a start, its light weight compared to the diesel makes for slightly better ride and handling. It's also smooth and offers reasonable performance - 0-60 in 10.5 from the 120 PS unit.
Unfortunately, it's let down a little by the standard-fit dual-clutch EDC transmission. Testers say it can be "hesitant to respond" and doesn't take advantage of the petrol's power, changing up too early. There's no paddle-shift option either, so manual control is via the regular floor-mounted lever. A diesel with the manual 'box is probably the better drive as a result.
A few testers comment that the dCi is "a little noisy", though they all admit it's smooth too, with useful low-down torque and a slick five-speed manual gearbox to make best use of the performance.
With just 90 PS it could never be considered quick, and a few reviewers say it needs a fair bit of throttle to keep going if you're loaded up with people and stuff or tackling hills. There's a "healthy dollop" of low-down torque though, so it's not all bad.
There are six airbags, stability control, hill hold control and emergency brake assist as standard, with three Isofix mountings and anti-whiplash headrests thrown in too. That lot helped the Captur secure a five-star safety rating when it was crash tested by Euro NCAP, although rivals tested after 2013 (when the Renault was evaluated) have been exposed to even tougher testing.
Renault Captur motability
Because of its raised suspension the Renault Captur is easier to get in and out of than a normal car – you don’t have to lower yourself into the driver’s seat and you simply slide off when getting out. The driver’s door is also large and opens wide to give excellent access.
Air-con, cruise control and hill-start assist are standard on all Capturs, but Renault’s four-year servicing, warranty and roadside cover package is better than some others offer. It suggests Renault is more confident about its reliability these days, too.
As well as the main trim lines – Expression, Dynamique etc. – Renault also offers a series of American-themed styling packages which lend the Captur much of its character. Called Arizona, Manhattan, Miami and New York, they offer different combinations of exterior colour and gloss and interior features. Your best bet is to raid the Renault website to see which styles you prefer! To help you choose the right shade for your new Captur we have prepared a guide that examines each colour in detail.
Renault Captur Iconic Nav
Top of the range Iconic Nav models come with two-tone pearlescent white and metallic black paintwork with bright blue decals on the door trims and mirror caps. The 17-inch alloy wheels come with matching blue centre caps and black plastic inserts. The cabin now features partial leather upholstery, blue tinted chrome trim pieces and aluminium pedals as standard.
The Captur is a talented crossover that’s worthy of its impressive sales figures. It’s a little more carefree and spacious than the Juke or 2008, and cheaper than rivals like the Skoda Yeti, Vauxhall Mokka or MINI Countryman. Slightly bumpy ride aside it drives reasonably too and it’s one of the more stylish options in the class.
Throw in economical engines and a dash of extra practicality compared to the Clio and it comes recommended.