Renault Captur review 2019

Find out more about the Renault Captur in the latest Motors.co.uk Review

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Out of 5

Pros

  • - Great styling
  • - Cheap to run
  • - Practical

Cons

  • - Rivals are better to drive
  • - Poor interior quality in places
  • - Weak performance
  • MPG

    50 - 67

  • CO2

    110 - 128 g/km

Model review

Renault unveiled its Captur crossover at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show as a bold-looking entry into the small crossover market, taking design inspiration from the 2011 Captur Concept.

The Captur boasted MPV levels of practicality — thanks to its modular design — as well as customisation options including a two-tone colour scheme.

A range of efficient petrol and diesel engines were available from launch, with Renault adding a 108bhp diesel to the range in 2015, as well as a new ‘Signature’ trim level.

Latest model

Renault gave its Captur a comprehensive facelift in 2017. It wasn’t needed in the sense that the Captur was feeling outdated, but because a variety of new crossover rivals were beginning to flood the market.

The revised Captur adopted the design of the larger Kadjar, which went on sale in 2015, and included a bolder front grille. The model also moved slightly upmarket with a revised interior and the launch of a new range-topping Signature S special edition.

A range of optional extras, such as front parking sensors, a fixed panoramic roof and park assist were made available as optional extras.

The latest version of Renault’s R-Link touchscreen system was also integrated into the latest Captur, too.

In 2018, as part of a range-wide policy, Renault simplified its trim levels to three versions — Play, Iconic and GT-Line.

And continuing with the trend of revised trim levels, Renault introduced a new S Edition trim level to the Captur in 2019. This style-focused grade includes interior highlights such as Alcantara upholstery with red stitching and a black roof lining. It sits above the Iconic model and below the top-spec GT-Line.

Value for money

Prices for the Captur start from £15,725, and while it might be a touch more expensive than the Nissan Juke, it comes with plenty of standard equipment. Cruise control, autonomous emergency braking and automatic lights and wipers are all fitted from base spec. Despite range-topping versions coming laden with kit they are harder to recommend new, as the most expensive versions cost over £21,000, before options. Despite this, you’ll still have to spend £17,000 to get a new Captur with a touchscreen and DAB radio, as basic versions miss out on this equipment.

Used Capturs start from £5,500, which is quite a steep drop in price from new. That said, it’s worth paying that little bit extra for a higher-specced version. We’d go for a Dynamique S Nav (now Iconic), as these models start from around £6,500 used with around 65,000 miles on the clock. Facelift versions cost from £10,500, but there are also some superb discounts on nearly-new models. We spotted a one-year-old model high-spec Dynamique S Nav trim for sale for £10,800, which is a fantastic discount off list price.

Looks and image

The Captur is one of the most striking-looking crossovers on sale, with its imposing Renault badge and chunky styling, which have drawn customers in. The latest facelift has only built on this, with C-shaped LED daytime running lights adding to the look, as well as a revised grille and new colour options—some bolder than others. The customisation of the Captur is a big bonus as well, and it extends to the interior as well as the two-tone exterior on certain models.

Unfortunately, the interior still looks a bit outdated. While attempts have been made to add further refinement to the inside, these somewhat miss the mark with the interior quality being disappointing and feeling a bit flimsy in some areas. The interior could also be brighter and airier, as the use of dark materials can make the cabin feel a bit enclosed.

The Captur’s Clio-based roots show when it comes to the way the Captur drives. It’s remarkably nippy and agile for a crossover, although there’s an expected dose of body lean thanks to its top-heavy stature. Its soft suspension is also a bonus when it comes to ride quality. It deals excellently with bumps and potholes, and it’s one of the most comfortable cars in its class. Rivals such as the Seat Arona might be sharper to drive, but they can’t offer the comfort of the Captur and are not as relaxing to drive.

Space and practicality

Those wanting lots of practicality from their small crossover should take a look at the Captur. It has one of the largest boots in its class — offering 377 litres — although thanks to the flexible seats which slide forwards and backwards, this can be increased to 455 litres.

The boot also has a flexible floor which can lowered or kept as a flat loading bay to aid practicality.

There’s also an excellent array of storage areas dotted around the cabin, although rear space is not quite as impressive, with tight legroom for adults. That said, there’s an excellent amount of headroom.

Renault has a long history when it comes to its vehicles’ safety and the Captur is no exception.

The facelifted Captur has not been tested by Euro NCAP, but when tested in 2015 it received a five-star safety rating, with particularly high praise for adult and child occupancy protection. Automatic emergency braking is fitted to all models, too.

Engines

On the petrol front, Renault offers the option of a turbocharged 89bhp 0.9-litre unit, as well as a new turbocharged 1.3-litre petrol engine, which replaces the 118bhp 1.2-litre engine. This 1.3-litre unit is offered with outputs of either 128bhp or 148bhp, with the former being paired to a six-speed manual gearbox and the latter with a six-speed automatic transmission. The 148bhp engine is the fastest in the line-up, and offers a 0-60mph time of 9.3 seconds and a top speed of 130mph.

Moving to the diesel options, there’s one 89bhp 1.5-litre diesel unit available with either a five-speed manual gearbox or a six-speed automatic. The engine was previously offered with a more powerful 118bhp variant.

 

Running costs

Regardless of which engine you go for, you can expect low running costs.

The diesels are undoubtedly the best choices if you want to keep costs down. The 89bhp unit can manage a claimed fuel economy figure of 53.3mpg, with CO2 emissions of 110g/km.

The thirstiest petrol unit achieves a claimed 43.4mpg on the combined cycle, with CO2 emissions of 128g/km. This makes the engines comparable with rivals for efficiency.

Insurance premiums will also be comparable to rivals, with versions ranging from insurance group eight to 15, depending on the spec and engine chosen.

Things to look out for

Despite the Captur being a new car, it has been hit with a number of small issues, although ones that affect a small number of cars. There have been reports of the lower-powered petrol unit losing power occasionally, as well as gremlins with the EDC automatic transmission. It has also scored quite disappointingly in reliability surveys.

Rivals

The small crossover market has grown enormously in recent years, so while the Captur originally had the Nissan Juke, Peugeot 2008 and Kia Soul as its main rivals, it now has to compete against cars such as the Mazda CX-3, Citroen C3 Aircross, Hyundai Kona, Kia Stonic and Vauxhall Crossland X to name but a few.

Depreciation

Renaults are renowned for their heavy depreciation, and while this is bad if you’re buying a brand new model, it’s good news if you’re purchasing used examples. Good used models start from under £6,000, while it’s easy to save over £5,000 off a nearly-new Captur.

Which Captur to Pick

Cheapest to Buy When New

0.9 TCE 90 Play 5dr

Most MPG

1.5 dCi 90 Play 5dr

Fastest Model (0-60)

1.3 TCE 150 Iconic 5dr EDC

Summary

  1. Funky and bold styling
  2. Excellent ride quality
  3. Good standard safety kit
  4. Interior quality is a bit disappointing
  5. Efficient engines
  6. Great used buy
  7. Practical design…
  8. Rear space is limited
  9. Disappointing reliability record
  10. A quirky yet practical crossover

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