Why buy the Renault Captur?
The Renault Captur is a great choice if you’re looking for a small SUV. It’s spacious enough to be practical for a small family, it’s stylish, its running costs are low, many models are very well equipped, it’s great value and it feels really nice to drive.
Renault Captur range and updates
The Renault Captur has been sold in the UK since 2013. The first-generation model was sold until 2019 when it was replaced by a brand-new version.
The latest Captur is available with petrol, diesel, full hybrid or plug-in hybrid power. Petrol and diesel engines are available with a manual or automatic gearbox while hybrids are automatic as standard. There’s lots of trim levels to choose from – the mid-range Iconic is a popular choice.
The earlier Captur is available with petrol or diesel engines and manual or automatic gearboxes. It was updated several times with new on-board tech, engines and trim levels. Indeed, there are 17 trim levels to choose from – Dynamique is the most popular. Trim levels with ‘Nav’ in the name are fitted with sat nav.
Renault Captur tech and features
The Captur comes pretty well equipped with many of the features you are likely to need or want. All models have a touchscreen infotainment system that controls the radio and phone and many models also have sat nav. All versions of the latest model have support for Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
Other features included as standard in many Captur models include air con, cruise control and parking sensors. Some top-of-the-range models even have touches of luxury like heated leather seats for cold days and a panoramic sunroof.
Renault Captur running costs and value
The Captur is very fuel-efficient compared with most small SUVs. In the older version, petrol models can give average fuel economy of 43-56mpg and diesels can give 53-76mpg, according to official figures. Carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions are also low, so your annual Vehicle Excise Duty charges (car tax) are at the lower end of the scale.
Official figures show the latest version can give an average fuel economy of 42-48mpg for petrol models, 56-58mpg for diesels, 56-60mpg for hybrids and as much as 217mpg for plug-in hybrids.
Renault Captur vs rivals
There are around 30 other small SUVs like the Captur. They include the Ford Puma, the Nissan Juke, the Peugeot 2008 and the Vauxhall Mokka. The Ford feels great to drive, the Nissan looks distinctive, the latest Peugeot has an impressive interior and the Vauxhall is great value. Compared to those, however, the Renault is a strong all-rounder and it’s one of very few small SUVs available with plug-in hybrid power, which could be a significant factor in your decision.