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Parkers overall rating: 3.8 out of 5 3.8

Personalisation is a key part of the Captur’s attraction and popularity

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PROS

  • Easy to drive
  • Eye-catching looks
  • Low running costs
  • Plenty of kit

CONS

  • Relatively small boot
  • Slightly bland engine choices
  • Interior lagging behind class leaders

PROS

  • Easy to drive
  • Eye-catching looks
  • Low running costs
  • Plenty of kit

CONS

  • Relatively small boot
  • Slightly bland engine choices
  • Interior lagging behind class leaders

Renault Captur rivals

Nissan
Juke
3.5 out of 5 3.5
Peugeot
2008
3.5 out of 5 3.5

What is a Renault Captur?

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.

Distinctive design

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.

Practical touches

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.

Renault Captur rivals

Nissan
Juke
3.5 out of 5 3.5
Peugeot
2008
3.5 out of 5 3.5