Parkers overall rating: 4.4 out of 5 4.4
  • Dashboard is the Captur’s best feature
  • But only on higher-spec cars
  • Impressive quality for most of the cabin

Sat inside the old Captur, you very much felt like you were sat on top of it, with the uninspiring dashboard made of hard plastics laid out before you. It couldn’t be more of a transformation for this Captur, with the dashboard shared with the Clio, and arguably one of the nicest interior environments available in a small crossover.

This image isn't quite the same on all models - top-end cars get that headline large infotainment screen, while lower down the range you suffer with a few more blanked-out switches and a bit more of a low-rent finish.

However, the materials on the dashboard, door cards, across the middle of the dash and around the centre console are all very pleasant indeed regardless of trim. It feels very Germanic in terms of its solidity, although there was a degree of wobbliness to the protruding centre console of EDC automatic models.

Spec the digital dials and larger infotainment screen and you get two crisp displays that can be configured to within an inch of their lives. Both can be a little delayed in responding when you make changes, but there are no complaints about the quality of the displays.

There’s a heavy reliance on the touchscreen on higher-spec models (where’s the volume knob?), but there are some shortcut keys below the screen and a new controller behind the steering wheel for the media system.

Also, a simple set of air-con controls mean it’s much easier to adjust the climate control than in the Citroen C3 Aircross. However, what’s not quite as simple are the controls fitted to the steering wheel. There are a lot of different buttons (at least on cars with the full suite of assistance tech), with some others located next to the steering wheel on the panel next to the door. Once you’ve driven the car a few times it’ll all be familiar, but it’s not quite as neat as in a VW or Skoda.

Is it comfortable?

  • Mid-spec models impressive
  • Top-spec a little more fidgety
  • Impressively quiet and refined

The front seats of the Captur have been redesigned, with the main benefit being that the seat base is now longer. That means it’s more supportive and far more comfortable for longer journeys than the old car. They’re nicely supportive too, helping to contribute to a comfortable driving position.

It’s easy to adjust everything, while a new steering wheel with smaller airbag means there’s a larger gap to view the dials through, although it’s never really been an issue before with this car.

You do sit quite high up, though. While some will find this ideal in combination with the raised ride height over a regular supermini, taller drivers may find themselves a little too close to the roof lining and wanting to bump the seat down slightly.

However, visibility is good and refinement contributes to a relaxed feeling inside. There isn’t much road noise to speak of, the engines remain refined unless you are really revving to get up to speed, although there’s some wind noise around the tops of the front doors at speed.