The Renault Captur is the compact crossover that is taking Europe by storm. Thanks to its stylish looks and frugal engines, the Captur offers practicality with a French flair.
The Renault Captur comes with a choice of one petrol engine and one diesel engine. The petrol option is Renault’s familiar 900cc Turbo powered thee cylinder TCe90 with 90bhp mated to a 5-speed manual gearbox. The diesel is a 1.5 litre dCi90 four cylinder engine with 90bhp also. This can be specified with an automatic transmission across the range too. While both engine options are impressively frugal, they lack power across the rev range. The petrol is more suited to urban driving while the diesel is the option to go for if you travel a lot on motorways.
The Captur has an SUV appearance, but the seating position is only marginally elevated, but visibility is good however. Being based on its Clio supermini sibling, it feels very similar behind the wheel. The Captur ‘Signature’ does get a traction control system called ‘Grip Xtend’ that allows you to select between modes to suit the environment you are in. Don’t expect it to perform off-road however, as the two-wheel-drive setup of the Captur is very much road orientated. On the road, the Captur soaks up lumps and bumps with ease, provides a comfortable ride and keeps body roll well in check.
The Captur comes with a choice of three trim levels. These are Life, Intense and Signature. The entry level Life comes with a generous level of specification that includes cruise control, auto headlights, daytime running LED lights, electric front windows, hands free keyless entry with start button, auto climate control, leather multifunction steering wheel and 16 inch alloy wheels. Higher trims get a 7 inch touch screen and further interior comforts, chrome exterior trim and larger alloy wheels. There are also customisable colour collections to choose from named New York, Manhattan, Miami & Arizona, that complement the Captur’s funky styling.
Stepping into the Captur, first impressions of the interior is a rather dark dashboard with little contrast to lift the finish. You do however have the option to spec it in different colours, matching the customisable exterior of the compact SUV. The quality of materials used across the dashboard and centre console are not the highest of quality and are more built for durability and wear & tear than aesthetics. The seats come with zip-off covers that enables you to either change the colour, or wash them easily. Familiar switchgear from the across the renault range is used on the dashboard and all functions are reasonably user-friendly.
The Captur is a very safe family car scoring the full five star rating in Euro NCAP crash testing. This is pretty much in line with all of its rivals too. It comes with a good level of standard safety equipment that includes features like anti-lock brakes, emergency brake assist, electronic stability control, hill assist, seatbelt reminder and a full host of air bags.
When it comes to space and practicality, the Captur bodes well when compared to its closest rivals like the Nissan Juke and Peugeot 2008. There is good room in the front with some clever storage space too including deep door pockets and a central cubby underneath the armrest. Rear passengers fare well with a rear bench that slides back and forward to create either more legroom or a bigger boot, while headspace is more than ample. The Captur gets a 377 litre boot as standard, that’s nearly 25 litres more than both the Nissan and the Peugeot.