Renault Captur SUV
Price £14,295 - £21,195
- Practical interior
- Impressive safety
- Chunky SUV styling
- No four-wheel drive
- Not much fun to drive
- Expensive compared to Clio
At a glance
"The Renault Captur SUV is based on the Clio supermini, but offers chunkier looks and additional practicality, while retaining the Clio's low running costs."
The Renault Captur is one of the more recent arrivals in the crossover SUV sector, which, in reality, features cars that are little more than a taller, chunkier and more expensive version of a hatchback it happens to be based on. In the case of the Captur, the hatchback platform it sits on is that of the Renault Clio. It's pretty easy to recognise where the Captur gets its design influence from, but it remains a two-wheel-drive car, despite the pretensions the SUV looks may care to produce.
Like an SUV, it offers a tall riding position, good visibility, a spacious interior and a generous boot, which in the Captur's case, manages to be bigger than a Ford Focus when the seats are folded down.
The compact SUV market is a crowded one, with the Captur having to face up to the Peugeot 2008, Vauxhall Mokka and Ford EcoSport. The Nissan Juke is also a real contender, although the boot space is significantly smaller and it's not as comfortable on the road. Newer rivals like the Citroen Cactus and Fiat 500X are just two more cars that feature on a long list of competition.
The Captur is cheap to run, though, as there are efficient petrol and diesel engine available. The most economical diesel engine is capable of up to 76mpg and escapes road tax, but even the petrols are pretty economical, with the 900cc TCe 90 managing up to 56.5mpg and annual road tax of just £30. Given the petrol's lower price, it might be a better option if your annual mileage is low or you mostly do urban driving.
In fact, the Captur's good visibility and easy steering mean's its perfect for navigating traffic and small city streets. In the countryside, that light steering and a hefty amount of body roll will put drivers off enthusiastic driving. It's very comfortable on a long motorway cruise, though.
All Captur models have all-round electric windows, cruise control, Bluetooth and air conditioning, which is impressive. Dynamique Nav throws in satellite navigation and climate control, while the top-end Signature Nav has a reversing camera, a better infotainment system and a traction control system for more extreme conditions. Our pick would be the dCi 110 engine in Dynamique Nav specification.
The Captur received a five-star crash safety rating from Euro NCAP, as a full set of airbags, braking assistance and tyre pressure monitors are all equipped. The Captur was also the second-best scoring Renault on our 2015 Driver Power survey.
A range of tiny 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 very 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