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Renault Captur SUV 2020 Review
  • Easy to drive

  • Sliding rear bench

  • Good value

  • Untested reliability

  • Imprecise gearbox

  • Digital dials cost extra
                                                                                                                                 PRICE: £17,595 - £25,145
    The second-generation Renault Captur has a big job on its hands because, alongside the Nissan Juke, the original popularised the crossover class. The Captur’s spacious rear seats and generous boot space also helped it win over families; Renault went on to sell over 1.2 million examples as a result.To replace it, Renault has made the Captur slightly bigger inside and out, modernised its design and made the Captur better to drive and sit in. In fact, there are noticeable improvements in every department, so that the Captur remains one of the best, and most sensible, small SUVs to buy.Customers loved the look of the first car, so the similarity of the latest Captur is unsurprising. It’s still curvy but it’s also slightly more chiselled, and LED lights are now standard, with a C-shaped design similar to the Renault Megane. Two-tone paintwork remains a trademark look, with 90 combinations possible to help your car stand out.Materials have jumped up in quality inside, with squidgy materials replacing most hard plastics and faux leather in Edition S versions. Analogue instrument dials can be replaced with a sharp 10-inch display, while the portrait 9.3-inch infotainment screen is slick and features Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as standard. Some other surprising features include adaptive cruise control and a suite of driver aids that can steer and accelerate the car in traffic.Space inside is abundant, both for passengers and luggage, and you can adapt the balance between the latter thanks to a sliding rear bench. This can move 160mm forwards and backwards to adjust boot space between 536 and 422 litres, even if legroom is almost non-existent with it slid fully forwards.

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Three petrol engines and two diesels are offered, with a plug-in hybrid set to join the range later. With 99bhp, the 1.0-litre petrol will be popular and comes with a manual gearbox, while the 128bhp 1.3-litre gets the option of an automatic, and the range-topping 153bhp petrol is auto only. A 1.5-litre dCi diesel with 95 or 115bhp will appeal to motorway drivers, thanks to its 58.9mpg fuel-efficiency figure, which is around 10mpg higher than the petrols.

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The first-generation Captur was one of the cheapest crossovers to run and the latest version picks up where the old one left off. There’s even a plug-in hybrid version in the pipeline, with an anticipated all-electric driving range of around 28 miles, but until that arrives the petrols and diesels are still thrifty, as well as cheaper to buy.

Renault Captur MPG & CO2

The Captur costs around £2,000 more than the equivalent Clio, and its petrol engines return fuel-efficiency figures upwards of 40mpg. Its CO2 emissions are also on a par with rivals, so the Captur will be just as affordable for company-car drivers, while costing £145 a year in road tax. The diesels won’t suit mostly urban drivers, but could be worth a look for higher mileage owners who often sit on the motorway, and they return 58.9mpg.

While many cars are gradually tweaked and improved, the Captur is genuinely all-new this time and now sits on the same underpinnings as the latest Renault Clio. So, despite being slightly larger, the Captur is also lighter and has a stiffer structure; two factors that add up to vastly improve the way it drives. Interior refinement, how well it absorbs bumps and the precision of its steering have all improved too.
Unlike many rivals that are set up to feel very sporty, Renault has also been content to give the Captur soft suspension to boost relaxation. There’s a fair bit of body lean if you drive enthusiastically, but the car never feels as if it’s really wallowing.

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Renault Captur petrol engines

There are two engines and three power outputs if you go for a petrol, and it’s the 1.0-litre that’s likely to be most popular in the UK. This is a three-cylinder turbo engine with 99bhp, while above it there’s a 1.3-litre turbo with either 128 or 153bhp. We’ve tested both and can see little reason to choose the top version, as 128bhp will be plenty of power for most Captur drivers.
The entry-level petrol comes with just a manual gearbox, while the first 1.3-litre can be manual or automatic and the range-topper is auto only. The manual is easy to shift but lacks the precision of the gearbox in the Mazda CX-3 or Honda HR-V, while the automatic is quite smooth but can be a bit hesitant when pulling away or kicking down into a lower gear.

Diesel engines

A 1.5-litre dCi diesel engine is also offered, and while it’s likely to be fairly niche compared with the petrol, it should suit higher mileage drivers and those who spend a long time on the motorway. Two versions of this four-cylinder engine are available with either 95bhp or 115bhp, and the latter can have an optional seven-speed automatic gearbox.

Hybrid engines
For the first time, Renault is developing a plug-in hybrid version of the Captur. This will combine a 1.6-litre petrol engine, an electric motor and a 9.8kWh battery pack with an automatic gearbox. Badged ‘E-Tech’, it should provide a zero-emissions driving range of up to 28 miles when the battery pack is fully charged.

Interior and Comfort

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The Captur is heavily influenced by the Renault Clio supermini and just like the latest version of that car, the Captur’s interior has taken a big step up in quality. There are now soft touch plastics covering most of the surfaces. Technology is significantly improved too, with the option of digital instruments and an infotainment system that works well.

Renault Captur dashboard

One of the key talking points is the new digital instrument display, measuring 10 inches and boasting very crisp graphics. It works well and the upgrade cost of £250 (on top spec S Edition cars) is good value versus the standard analogue gauges.
Dominating the centre console is a portrait-orientated touchscreen that’s seven inches in size on lower trims and 9.3 inches in top versions. You’ll also forfeit sat-nav at the lower end, but Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are standard, so you can use the map apps built into your smartphone.


Equipment is generous, with some ‘big car’ features such as adaptive cruise control, lane departure warnings and 17-inch alloy wheels fitted to even the standard trim. Iconic costs around £1,500 more and adds two-tone paintwork, sat-nav, keyless entry, rear parking sensors, roof rails, LED fog lights and privacy glass.
Upgrading to S Edition adds another £1,500 and brings the larger infotainment screen, wireless smartphone charging, front parking sensors, a rear-view camera and seats trimmed in artificial leather upholstery.


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