Renault Captur SUV
Price £14,295 - £21,195
- Comfortable ride
- Practical interior
- Cheap to run
- No four-wheel drive
- Not very exciting to drive
- Long and expensive options list
At a glance
“The Renault Captur is a comfortable, stylish and easy-to-drive supermini, but with an extra dose of practicality.”
The Renault Captur sits in the growing class of supermini-based crossovers and goes up against rivals like the Nissan Juke, Vauxhall Mokka, Peugeot 2008 and Fiat 500X. Essentially, what Renault has done with this car is take the mechanical underpinnings of the Renault Clio, raise its suspension and put a new body on it.
This gives the Captur an SUV-esque appearance, but don’t be fooled into thinking it can handle terrain more rugged than a gravel driveway – this car is strictly two-wheel-drive only. As cars in this class are rarely, if ever, taken off-road, this shouldn’t come as too much of a surprise, while the lack of a heavy four-wheel drive system means the Captur's running costs stay more in line with a Clio's than an SUV's.
It's one of the more practical cars in this class – the boot is a good size (considerably bigger than a Ford Focus’, for example) and the high roof means there's a decent amount of space inside. Visibility is good, too, although the large rear window pillars do restrict your over-the-shoulder view.
Under the bonnet, you have a choice of two diesel and two petrol engines, all of which are impressively economical. The star of this particular show is the 1.5-litre 89bhp diesel. It’ll return 78.5mpg and emits just 95g/km of CO2, making it exempt from road tax and only liable for 17% Benefit-in-Kind (BiK) company-car tax contribution. Even the 109bhp version emits 98g/km of CO2, so it's also free to tax.
The petrol engines are reasonably efficient as well, with the 89bhp managing 55.4mpg and 114g/km of CO2. Even the more powerful 118bhp petrol (which is only available with an automatic gearbox) returns 51.4mpg and has CO2 emissions of 125g/km. This results in annual road tax contributions of £30 and £110 respectively.
On the road, the Captur is more about comfort than sharp, agile handling. The light steering and good forward visibility make it great for driving in town, while its compact dimensions make it pretty easy to park, too. Hard cornering results in some fairly pronounced body lean, but it's a comfortable long-distance cruiser.
You get decent equipment, too. The entry-level Expression+ boasts Bluetooth phone connectivity, air-conditioning, cruise control, alloy wheels and a USB socket. The options list is very long, however – the Captur majors on personalisation – and you can even specify removable, washable seat covers adorned with different patterns.
Euro NCAP awarded the Captur the full five stars for safety, thanks to its suite of airbags, ISOFIX child-seat points mounting points, electronic stability control, traction control and speed limiter function. Renault's reputation for reliability is improving and this is reflected in the fact that the Captur came a respectable 44th out of 200 cars in our 2015 Driver Power customer satisfaction survey.
Small engines and relatively low weight are a good combination for low running costs in the Renault Captur
The Renault Captur is not the most fun car to drive in its class, but it’s accomplished around town and on long drives
The Renault Captur is one of the most comfortable cars in its class, but some of the interior plastics aren’t particularly good quality
The Renault Captur has more room inside than the Clio and you can make the boot bigger than a Ford Focus’
With six airbags and a few electronic gizmos, the Renault Captur is a safe car. It seems to be reliable, too, although it’s a little early to tell