The side exterior of a yellow Renault Captur

Renault Captur review

Stylish, funky and practical, the Renault Captur is a crossover hatchback that feels roomy and has useful storage features. It also won't cost a fortune to run.

Pros

  • Very fashionable SUV style
  • Roomy five-door body
  • A good range of connectivity options

Cons

  • Less stable going round corners
  • The ride could be smoother
  • No four-wheel drive option

Summary

“It’s hard to beat the Captur if you’re after a stylish and cost-effective small family SUV.”

The Captur is a high riding car, so it offers a great view of the road ahead. It’s also compact which makes it easy to drive in the city and on country lanes. 

Designed with fuel-efficient engines, it's a practical car with lots of space and storage options for all your everyday items.

When it was first launched there were five trim levels – Expression, Dynamique Nav, Dynamique S Nav, Signature X Nav and Signature S Nav. Later trim levels are simply called Play, Iconic, GT Line and S Edition. They’ve always been well equipped with touchscreens available in all but the base models.

Fascia shot of the Renault Captur

What's the interior like?

“The Captur’s interior is comfortable, practical and has a good amount of boot space.”

The seats are very comfortable and there's plenty of headroom even in the back. You can slide the rear bench forward to free up 455 litres of boot space, although this limits the rear legroom. 

The latest models include Renault’s R&GO smartphone app so you can access navigation and hands-free calling. The Iconic trim comes with a 7-inch touchscreen in the centre of the dashboard. The S Edition features Alcantara seat trim which is a suede-like material, while the GT Line flagship feels lavishly equipped with Renault’s R-LINK infotainment system. 

Renault has paid a lot of attention to making the Captur practical, with big door pockets and cubbies for storage. It’s worth looking for one with a rear view camera, which was an option on some models but is standard on the GT-Line.

The interior of a Renault Captur with steering wheel and dashboard in shot

What's it like to drive?

“The Renault Captur is comfortable and relaxed on a long drive.”

The Captur is comfortable and driving long journeys is easy. It’s also good to drive in the city with its compact dimensions and light steering. 

There’s a good choice of engines. The 0.9-litre entry petrol unit is best around town, while the 1.3-litre petrol offers stronger performance for distance driving. The diesel options also give decent performance. 

Depending on your needs, the manual gears feel a little smoother than the automatic. Although Renault only fits an automatic gearbox on the most powerful engine options.

The exterior of a red Renault Captur

Is it cost-efficient to buy and run?

“A good value used buy with low running costs.”

A diesel Captur offers extremely good economy, with quoted consumption as high as 78.5 mpg using official figures. If your diesel Captur was first registered before 2017, you should qualify for free road tax.

Insurance isn’t going to be expensive either, with Captur models starting from a reasonable Group 8. The same applies for servicing costs as Renault's main dealer prices are competitive and servicing plans are available for used cars up to four years old.

The rear exterior of a yellow Renault Captur

How reliable and safe is it?

“The Captur has middle-of-the-road reliability rankings, but good crash test results.”

There are no particular reasons to worry about the Captur’s reliability, as it comes out with average rankings in ownership surveys. There are a few issues with the electrics of the infotainment or climate control systems reported by new Captur owners, but these will have been covered under warranty.

The Captur has a solid five-star Euro NCAP crash test result and has all the safety basics well covered in terms of equipment and features.

Engine shot of the Renault Captur

Which one is best for you?

Best for economy - Iconic dCi 90

Best for family - Iconic TCe 130

Best for fun - GT Line TCe 150

The diesel Capturs are always going to appeal for their great economy. The dCi 90 offers a great mix of driving performance and frugality. However, unless you’re doing high mileages (over 12,000 per year), it’s sensible to look at the petrol versions. The entry-level TCe 90 will be fine for most drivers but if you do want something faster, have a look at the TCe 130. 

The Iconic trim has a great mix of value and equipment, including its 7-inch colour touchscreen.

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