- Easy to drive
- Eye-catching looks
- Low running costs
- Lots of kit
- Seats too firm
- Seats lack side support
- Relatively small boot
The French manufacturer claims the Renault Captur is its first foray into the popular ‘crossover’ market – a car that is tall and roomy like a 4x4 but based on a normal hatchback underneath so it’s easy to drive on the road and relatively cheap to run.
Having said that, there was the Renault Koleos on sale for a couple of years but it wasn’t quite as good as its soft-roader rivals and wasn’t a big seller.
The Captur, however, is looking a better bet with a comfortable ride, practical sliding rear seats and swoopy design cues to help it stand out from the crowd.
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 and Mini Countryman.
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 car to drive.
That’s not surprising, as underneath it’s built on the same underpinnings as the 2012-on Clio, with which it also shares some elements of its interior.
You’d be best advised to stick to the tarmac in the Captur. It’s front-wheel-drive only, and there’s no four-wheel-drive version planned. Besides, it’s not a bad machine to drive on the road with a comfortable ride and solid handling ability.
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 knee room 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, 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 96g/km for minimal road tax costs.
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What owners say about this car
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