Renault Captur SUV
Price £14,575 - £21,475
- 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 stylish, comfortable supermini in a practical, easy to drive package.”
The Renault Captur joins cars like the Nissan Juke, Vauxhall Mokka and Peugeot 2008 in the new but popular supermini-based crossover class. The Captur is essentially a Renault Clio on stilts; its raised suspension makes getting in and out easier than in a normal supermini and this, combined with the raised driving position and rugged, SUV-style looks creates an appealing car for the modern motorist.
While the Captur has tough, go-anywhere looks, it's strictly a two-wheel-drive road car. Renault wisely recognised that most crossover drivers rarely venture off-road and decided against offering four-wheel drive with the Captur, even as an option. This means the Captur has similar running costs – as well as mechanical components – to the Renault Clio, keeping the purchase price down.
The Captur is one of the most practical supermini-based crossovers on the market. It has a big boot that beats the Ford Focus’ capacity, while its high roof means there's plenty of headroom inside the cabin. The Captur also has good visibility, although the large rear pillars do limit your over-the-shoulder view.
Renault offers a choice of four engines: two petrols and two diesels. Whichever one you choose, the Captur is economical, but the most frugal option is the 89bhp 1.5-litre diesel, which returns 78.5mpg, is liable for just 17% Benefit-in-Kind (BiK) company car tax and is also is road-tax-exempt. However if you choose this option, you may find yourself wishing there was a bit more oomph on offer.
The Captur's petrol engines are relatively economical as well. The less powerful 0.9-litre 89bhp petrol engine manages 55.4mpg and incurs a road tax bill of £30 a year thanks to its 114g/km CO2 emissions. The more powerful 118bhp petrol engine is only available with an automatic gearbox and returns 51.4mpg, though road tax jumps to £110 here.
The Renault Captur is designed more for comfort than sharp, agile handling. Its steering is light and good forward visibility, combined with the car's compact dimensions, make driving in town a simple affair and long-distance cruising comfortable. The trade-off for this comfortable, easy-to-drive focus is that the Captur leans noticeably when cornering hard – although it's unlikely the average Captur customers buys their car for cornering ability.
Renault fits a decent amount of standard equipment to all Capturs. Even the entry-level Expression+ model has Bluetooth phone connectivity, air-conditioning, cruise control, alloy wheels and a USB port. Renault lets you personalise the car in a variety of ways – you can even order removable, washable seat covers if you want.
The Captur is a safe car: in Euro NCAP safety tests, it scored the full five stars thanks to a plethora of airbags, electronic stability control, traction control and a speed-limiter function. Renault's reputation for reliability has risen significantly in recent years and the Captur's respectable 44th place out of 200 cars in our 2015 Driver Power customer satisfaction survey reflects this.
Small engines and relatively low weight mean low running costs for the Renault Captur
The Renault Captur isn’t 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