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Renault’s popular small SUV has matured

Renault Captur (20 on) - rated 4 out of 5
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At a glance

New price £20,300 - £32,695
Lease from new From £231 p/m View lease deals
Used price £13,000 - £27,325
Used monthly cost From £324 per month
Fuel Economy 42.8 - 217.3 mpg
Road tax cost £145 - £155
Insurance group 7 - 21 How much is it to insure?
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PROS

  • Spacious, flexible interior
  • Quality materials, plenty of tech available
  • Broad range of engines including hybrids

CONS

  • Lower-spec models feel less special inside
  • Coarse PHEV engine
  • No full EV model planned

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Written by Alan Taylor-Jones on

Is the Renault Captur any good?

There’s no doubt the Renault Captur comes from good stock, after all it is based on the Parkers Award-winning Clio. Although the first generation Captur was reasonably competent, it felt rather tinny and had weak engines preventing it from troubling the best in the small SUV class. 

This second-generation car is far more impressive, but then it needs to be. We’ve seen an explosion in the small SUV class over the years, with far more competitors for the Captur to butt heads with. Cars like the Ford Puma and Skoda Kamiq have set a high bar, with plenty of good alternatives such as the Hyundai Bayon and Peugeot 2008 plus posher options like the Audi Q2 also vying for your attention. 

On a superficial level, the Captur certainly looks the part – smart enough to stand out among the crowd without being outlandishly divisive. With a wide range of powerplants plus a plug-in hybrid, there should be something to please everyone, while trim levels range from bargain basement to opulent and tech-filled. But does it all gel together and Captur (we’re never ones to miss a good pun) the imagination?

What's it like inside?

It’s inside where things have really stepped up. The old Captur’s interior design, fit and finish were its biggest letdowns, and Renault’s gone to town inside with all the best bits of the latest Clio’s cabin – the company calls it the Smart Cockpit.

However, it’s worth pointing out that how your Captur’s cabin appears varies greatly with which spec you go for. The lower trims get a tiddly seven-inch infotainment screen sitting in the middle of the dash, while a 9.3-inch portrait unit is standard on top spec models. 

Interior quality also depends greatly on which trim level you’ve picked, although at least all models get flexible rear seats that allow you to prioritise boot space or rear leg room.  

What’s it like to drive? 

Given the wide range of engines on offer, the driving experience can differ quite significantly. Entry-level models get a 91hp three-cylinder petrol engine with a far stronger 140hp four-cylinder available. There are no diesels, so if you want low running costs the E-Tech hybrid or plug-in hybrid will be your best bet. 

Although performance ranges from acceptable to pleasingly brisk, you’ll find all Capturs are on the softer side. Ride comfort is particularly good on the motorway without being as wallowy as some rivals we could mention. It handles tidily enough in the corners, too. 

What models and trims are available? 

SE Limited includes niceties such as relatively big 17-inch alloy wheels, auto lights rear parking sensors, smartphone mirroring, automatic emergency braking and even keyless entry, and despite being the entry-level, offers two tone paint, traffic sign recognition and 7.0-inch infotainment with sat nav as well.

We’d go for at least Iconic, though. This adds climate control, auto wipers, different wheels, fancier daytime running lights and single-tone paint options. S Edition is worth considering for the front parking sensors and rear camera, plusher interior with ambient lighting and digital driver’s display plus 18-inch alloy wheels. 

2021 Renault Captur rear three quarter

R.S. Line adds sporty styling inside and out along with a larger infotainment system as standard. There’s no racier engine to back up those looks, though. 

What else should I know? 

Unlike some rivals you won’t find a selection of options so you can tailor your Captur to your exact needs. In fact, once you’ve picked your trim level the only options are whether you want a spare wheel and what colour you want. 

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