Renault Captur review

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

£13,618
Average price
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Out of 5

Pros

  • Spacious interior
  • Affordable prices
  • Cool styling

Cons

  • Disappointing automatic gearbox
  • Sluggish petrol engines
  • Expensive options
  • MPG

    0 - 0

  • CO2

    0 - 0 g/km

Model review

Hot on the heels of Nissan’s successful Juke, Renault was quick to enter the small crossover segment in 2013 with its stylish Captur. Based on the Renault Clio, this model is a larger and more spacious alternative for not a lot more money. 

Back when it first reached showrooms it had just a handful of rivals, but with just about every mainstream firm having a smaller crossover in its range, the Captur now has more than 20 rivals. 

With funky styling, a roomy cabin and lots of standard kit, it was a big hit, with more than 1.5m being produced, and a big chunk of those coming to the UK. Despite being popular, its low-rent cabin and poor cabin were limiting factors and something the next Captur needed to address. 

Latest model

Jump forward to 2020 and there is now a new second-generation Captur. It’s again based on the Clio’s new CMF-B platform, which allows it to be roomier and incorporate hybrid powertrains for the first time. In fact, the Captur is Renault’s first plug-in hybrid model to be produced. 

This new Captur also sees some major advances when it comes to the interior, with the cheap cabin of its predecessor being replaced by a much classier and upmarket look and feel. There’s a touchscreen available measuring up to 9.3 inches, along with a large digital dial system, though this is optional – even on the most expensive version. 

As for styling, it’s best to say Renault has taken an evolutionary approach, though given the styling was one of the things that attracted people to the Captur in the first place, it’s easy to see why. 

Value for money

Prices for the Captur start from £18,295 and it’s pretty bang on the money considering the levels of standard kit. It’s a bit pricier than the Nissan Juke but noticeably cheaper than rivals like the Ford Puma. Given it comes with LED headlights, a touchscreen and a host of safety equipment, it’s certainly appealing. The lower-spec Play and Iconic models also are undoubtedly the best value, as top-spec S Edition cars aren’t cheap, and you have to question whether you really need all the extra tech. 

At the time of writing, the Captur had only just reached showrooms, though there were already some good savings off nearly-new models. You can expect to save around £2,000 off a model that’s just a few months old, in fact. 

If you’re not fussed about the latest model, used Capturs start from as little as £5,000 for a low-mileage example, which makes it an appealing small family car. 

Looks and image

Renault says the design of the Captur is one of the key reasons why buyers choose it, and it’s easy to see why as this is one of the best-looking crossovers around. Whether you go for the first- or second-generation version, both look fantastic, and come in various bright and bold colour schemes to add to the appeal. 

This new model is even more stylish, though, thanks to its cool C-shaped lights and more modern look. All versions bar the entry-level Play also come with great two-tone styling, which sees the top half of the car painted in a different shade to the rest. 

But this interior feels like the biggest step forward for the Captur. The old car’s cabin was let down by a cheap interior littered with hard plastics, but this new car is a big improvement, both in terms of quality and look, with all versions now featuring a touchscreen and digital dials on the high-end versions. The bold personalisation of the exterior also features on the cabin, with colour packs available for a touch more character. 

Space and practicality

While the previous Captur wasn’t the most spacious car in its class, it was significantly roomier than the Clio. However, this new version is far more practical – helped by all versions coming with a sliding rear bench, allowing you to increase boot space if needed. In terms of the boot, it offers 422 litres, but it increases to 536 litres if you slide the rear seats forward. There’s plenty of rear space for adults, too, with lots of legroom and headroom.

Despite being a new model, this latest Captur has already been put through its paces by Euro NCAP and scored the full five stars – maintaining Renault’s reputation for producing very safe cars. It performed well across all categories, and with plenty of driver assistance tech, the Captur is a very safe small family car. 

 
Engines

The Renault Captur is available with a great choice of powertrains, including petrol, diesel and hybrid options. 

Starting with petrol versions, the TCe 100 is the entry-level engine, which uses a 99bhp 1.0-litre petrol unit mated to a five-speed manual gearbox. While great around town, its performance disappoints at higher speeds, with 0-60mph taking 13.1 seconds. Next up is a 1.3-litre petrol engine, which is available with either 128bhp (TCe 130) or 153bhp (TCe 155). The 128bhp is the pick of the range, and is the only petrol engine available with both manual and automatic gearbox options, whereas the latter just uses a seven-speed auto, but is the quickest Captur on offer – 0-60mph taking 8.4 seconds.

Higher-mileage drivers can choose a 1.5-litre diesel engine, which is available with either 94bhp or 113bhp. The former uses a six-speed manual, with the latter available with both manual and automatic transmissions. 

Then there’s the new E-Tech Hybrid, which mates a new 1.6-litre petrol engine together with an electric motor and 9.8kWh battery. Combined, it produces 158bhp and 249Nm of torque – allowing for a 0-60mph time of 9.9 seconds. It also uses an innovative clutchless automatic gearbox. 

 

Running costs

If you want low running costs, the new E-Tech hybrid is the version to go for, as its 30-mile electric range allows for some impressively low running costs. Renault claims it’ll return 188.3mpg, along with low CO2 emissions of just 33g/km. That CO2 figure gives it a benefit-in-kind percentage of just 10 per cent – making it a very appealing company car. 

While no Captur variant will be expensive to run – every model returning more than 44mpg, with CO2 emissions lower than 146g/km, the 1.5-litre diesel version will prove affordable – returning 58.9mpg, with CO2 emissions of 124g/km. 

Things to look out for

The latest Captur is still a new model and there are still question marks surrounding its reliability – given it’s based on a new platform and largely features new engines. The predecessor’s biggest problems were its poor build quality and infotainment system, but given these have both been altered for the new car, there’s little reason to worry. 

Rivals

The compact crossover class is one of the most competitive, and there is no shortage of options to choose from. While the Captur is undoubtedly one of the best in this class, other models you should take a look at include the Citroen C3 Aircross, Seat Arona, Skoda Kamiq and Ford Puma

In terms of rivals to the Hybrid model, there are few options, though you could have a look at the Kia Niro PHEV and Mini Countryman plug-in hybrid

Depreciation

Despite its stylish looks, the Captur has never been a model that’s held its value well – it’s a Renault which is well-known for its depreciation issues. However, given the new model is a big step forward and has a higher-quality cabin, expect versions to hold their value better than before. 

Which Captur to pick

Cheapest to buy when new

1.0 TCE 90 Limited 5dr Special Editions

Most MPG

1.0 TCE 90 Limited 5dr Special Editions

Fastest model (0-60)

1.3 TCE 140 Limited 5dr EDC Special Editions

Trims explained

Four trim levels are available on the Captur – Play, Iconic, S Edition and the Bose Launch Edition. Prices and equipment highlights are as follows.

Play

Standard equipment is very generous on the Captur, and includes keyless entry and start, climate control, 17-inch alloy wheels, LED headlights and a seven-inch touchscreen with Bluetooth, DAB radio, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. It also features tinted rear windows, automatically folding door mirrors and cruise control. Standard safety kit impresses, too – including autonomous emergency braking, traffic sign recognition, lane keep assist and e-call automated emergency call. Unlike many cars, this entry-level grade is really all you need.

From £18,295

Iconic

Upgrade to the Iconic and it adds rear parking sensors, revised 17-inch alloy wheels, roof bars, satellite navigation and a two-tone body colour.

From £19,795

S Edition

High-spec S Edition versions bring upgraded LED headlights, a leather steering wheel, a larger 9.3-inch touchscreen, a seven-inch digital dial system, wireless smartphone charging and configurable drive modes. Styling changes include 17-inch diamond-cut alloy wheels and a ‘shark fin’ aerial. You also get additional driver assistance features – including automatic high beam assist, front parking sensors, a reversing camera and blind spot monitoring. It’s worth noting that on the E-Tech hybrid model, it comes with a larger 10-inch digital dials system.

From £21,295

Bose Launch Edition

At the top of the range, this Launch Edition model features larger 18-inch alloy wheels and an eight-speaker Bose sound system, though you miss out on the larger 9.3-inch touchscreen.

From £21,295

Summary

  1. Roomy interior
  2. Five-star safety rating
  3. Loads of standard kit
  4. Petrol, diesel and plug-in hybrid versions available
  5. Affordable pricing
  6. Automatic gearbox disappoints
  7. Stylish looks
  8. Lots of personalisation
  9. Rivals have bigger boots
  10. A very useful and affordable small family crossover

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