None of the Renault Captur’s engines are powerhouses but the diesel is reasonably quiet and peppy enough to handle most roads
The Renault Captur comes with a choice of two engines, petrol or diesel power.
The 90hp, 0.9-litre petrol is the model to have if you mostly drive in town and make occasional trips on the motorway. It comes with a five-speed gearbox that keeps engine noise at bay on the motorway but ultimately it takes some time to get up to speed and overtakes are slow.
If you want a petrol Captur get the 1.2 over the 0.9 – the smaller engine is just too slow at motorway speeds
The 90hp, 1.5-litre diesel makes sense if you’re going to spend your days chugging up and down the motorway, where its lower fuel consumption compared to the petrol makes sense in the long run. If that’s not how you plan to use your Renault Captur, though – stick to the petrol. The diesel is more expensive to buy and a tad noisier.
The Renault Captur feels at its best in the city. Its raised suspension means even the most abrupt of speed humps won’t damage the bottom of the car and the suspension deals well with bad surfaces at low speeds.
Its tall body also gives you a great view out the front and the small windows behind the wing mirrors mean only the plastic trim around the windscreen interrupts your field of vision. Look out the back, though, and the big pillars around the rear windscreen cause large blind spots, so you’ll have to keep your wits about you when driving through busy cities. Rear parking sensors are fitted as standard to mid-range Iconic models, and you get a useful hands-free parking system on GT Line models.
The Renault Captur feels like a small family car on stilts on country roads. Its steering is a little light in corners and you get a reasonable amount of body lean in fast corners, but there’s plenty of grip – and are you really going to drive your family car like a race car?
What you may wish for a little more of is motorway refinement. The diesel engines grumble even at a cruise, while wind and road noise fade to a distant drone that’s only just tolerable. The suspension also seems to get flummoxed at faster speeds making the car pogo over smaller bumps and poor road surfaces. All models have a 1,200kg towing capacity – similar to any other hatchback.