Personalisation is a key part of the Captur’s attraction and popularity
- Easy to drive
- Eye-catching looks
- Low running costs
- Plenty of kit
- Relatively small boot
- Slightly bland engine choices
- Interior lagging behind class leaders
The Renault Captur is the French manufacturer’s smallest foray in the popular crossover market – a car that is tall and roomy like an SUV, but based on a normal hatchback underneath so it’s easy to drive on the road and relatively cheap to run.
So far the Captur has outdone all its sales targets and become the biggest-selling SUV in this segment across Europe; it’s the second biggest in the UK.
Despite the missing ‘e’, its name is pronounced the same as the word ‘capture’ and Renault hopes it can do just that to the attentions of buyers interested in fashion-led small 4x4s such as the Nissan Juke, Peugeot 2008, and Vauxhall Crossland X.
In appearance, it resembles a taller, chunkier Renault Clio hatchback with a raised ride height, plastic sill guards and large-diameter wheels to give it a tougher appearance.
Although it looks like an off-roader, and feels like one to sit in because of its elevated driving position, it feels very much like a conventional car to drive.
That’s not surprising, as underneath it’s built on the same underpinnings as the Clio, with which it also shares some elements of its interior.
Facelift from summer 2017
With a new nose resembling the larger SUVs in Renault’s line-up, the Captur received a facelift in 2017. Although it made the front end look significantly different, the rear enjoyed less of an overhaul and the interior made do with some higher quality plastics.
Renault also took the opportunity to rejig the trim levels, but mechanically it remained unchanged.
Its overall dimensions are relatively small (it’s only 6cm longer than a Clio), which makes it easy to manoeuvre and park in urban areas. It’s also relatively light, at less than 1,200kg.
The boot isn’t quite as big as you might hope, but does include a generous amount of extra storage in a compartment under the boot floor, and there’s plenty of space when the 60:40-split rear seats are folded down.
As standard, the entire rear seat bench can be slid forwards and backwards to create either more legroom or greater luggage space. A neat touch for higher trim levels is zippable seat upholstery, which can be removed and put in the washing machine or replaced altogether.
Range of customisation options
There’s plenty of standard kit, with even basic Capturs getting 16-inch alloy wheels, Bluetooth connectivity, keyless start, Hill-Start Assist and cruise control.
Renault aims for personalisation options to be a key part of the Captur’s appeal, with a range of contrasting exterior colours for the roof and mirrors available, as well as differing interior trim colours, wheel designs and decal packs.
A selection of manual and automatic petrol and diesel powertrains are available with CO2 emissions as low as 95g/km for minimal road tax costs.
There’s plenty more information about the car inside our full Renault Captur review. Click the categories above to read on.
The Parkers Verdict
It may only be a Clio on stilts yet the Captur should hit the spot for a vast number of compact SUV buyers, blending funky styling with plenty of kit and efficient engines. The interior could be better quality and the boot could be a touch bigger, but overall the Captur scores impressively in one of the most fiercely competitive new car segments around.
Read the full Renault Captur SUV review to find out whether it’s good enough to go to the top of the class.
What owners say about this car
I purchased a pre-reg.Captur Signature Oct 2016 with 40 miles on the clock, first registered March 2016. I... Read owner review
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