What is the Renault Captur?
The small crossover market has boomed in recent years and the Renault Captur is the popular French take on the taller supermini sector.
This compact five-door hatchback is a rival to the likes of the Fiat 500X, Nissan Juke and SEAT Arona. It’s a small, urban-friendly crossover that won’t cost the earth but packs in useful extra functionality over a more traditional Clio or other supermini.
Read on for our fulsome guide to the Renault Captur, as we explain what it is and talk you through the highlights and weaknesses of the range.
- Top speed: 106-130mph
- 0-62mph: 9.5-13.8sec
- Fuel economy: 42.8-53.3mpg
- Emissions: 110-128g/km
- Boot space: 377-1235 litres
Which versions of the Renault Captur are available?
The Renault Captur has just one bodystyle, the five-door tallboy SUV you see on this page. So it’s really just a question of choosing which engine you want and selecting the right trim level for your needs.
Three petrol engines span the TCe 90, TCe 150 Auto EDC or the TCe 130; the numbers equate to the horsepower output, and we’d recommend you test them first to make sure the acceleration on offer matches your requirements. The slowest ones can be quite tardy. Just one diesel is offered - the dCi 90, available in manual or automatic specs. S&S stands for stop-and-start, by the way, the engine cutting off at a standstill to save on fuel.
Then it’s on to the trim level. Play is the entry model, rising through Iconic, S Edition and GT Line - and you can also choose a variety of different colour packs to make your Captur stand out from the crowd.
Renault Captur styling and engineering
The Captur is a neat-looking baby crossover, with a flavour of pumped-up Clio to the wardrobe. The personalisation options are a neat idea, letting you play with different colours and trims to add some fizz to the Captur’s style, but you should watch out for what is not a particularly big boot.
The interior is classic old-school French cockpit and we’re not 100% sold on the cheap-feeling plastics and finishes. It’s telling that Renault is now on a big push to boost cabin quality - the new Mk5 Clio makes big advances in this area and the next Captur will follow suit.
The underlying engineering package of the current Captur is resolutely simple. It’s basically the French group’s small car, platform so every model is front-wheel drive and the engines listed above will be familiar from other small Renaults.
Is the Renault Captur good to drive?
We like the slightly raised driving position, which lifts you above the crowd in urban driving environments. It’s one of the big lures of cars like this and proves popular with mainstream buyers.
It’s a very easy car to drive and at just 6cm longer than a Clio supermini, it doesn’t feel too big for Britain’s crowded streets.
We’d be tempted to stick with the manual, as the auto can feel a bit dim-witted at times. The DIY manual transmission is also marginally cleaner, with lower CO2 figures helping your tax position.
How much does the Renault Captur cost?
The Captur price list kicks off at nearly £16,000 but our experience suggests you’ll easily score some kind of discount or special offer on this big-selling small car.
It’s a very popular Renault and supply is generous, so be sure to shop around and compare the deals at different showrooms. There are also some generous lease and PCP deals on this model.
See what drivers of the Renault Captur have to say about their baby crossover in our frank owners’ reviews.
Renault Captur Model History
Current Renault Captur SUV model history
May 2013 – Captur – a new Renault SUV based on Clio underpinnings – is available to order for July deliveries. Four trim levels are available: Expression, Expression+, Dynamique Nav and Dynamique S Nav, with most available with a choice of TCe 90 and 120 petrol engines (the latter solely with an EDC twin-clutch automatic gearbox) and the dCi 90 diesel.
October 2013 – Twin-clutch EDC automatic gearbox available as an option on the dCi 90 diesel engine.
October 2014 – Range-topping Signature Nav trim launched with TCe 90 and 120 and dCi 90 engine options.
March 2015 – Diesel range expanded with the introduction of the dCi 110 in Dynamique Nav, Dynamique S Nav and Signature Nav specifications.
November 2015 – Iconic Nav limited edition available with all four engines introduced based on the Dynamique S Nav trim with rear parking sensors and darkened rear privacy glass added to the kit list. DAB radio now standard on models fitted with MediaNav or R-Link multimedia systems.
July 2016 – Minor improvements to the range sees the re-introduction of a limited edition Iconic Nav trim to head the range and a manual gearbox option with the TCe 120 petrol engine.
May 2017 – Revised Captur range available to order ahead of July deliveries. Most noticeable changes are to the nose design which falls more in line with the larger Kadjar and Koleos, while the interior enjoyed an upgrade and equipment levels were boosted. Four engines continue to be offered: petrol TCe 90 and 120 and the diesel-fuelled dCi 90 and 110. Trim levels remain as before although the Signature X Nav takes the place of the previous Signature Nav, with the Captur hierarchy now topped by the Signature S Nav.
This is the first generation of Renault Captur sold in the UK, so the model history of this car is somewhat truncated. We’ll update this page once the Mk2 is rolled out later in 2019.