- Comfortable ride
- Generous equipment
- Efficient diesel engine
- Poor cabin quality
- Not as fun to drive as some rivals
- Manual gearbox isn’t the best
Compact SUV is stylish and practical
The Renault Captur is the French manufacturer’s entry into the on-trend compact SUV market. Based on the Renault Clio, the Captur was first introduced in 2013, and combines the benefits of a small hatchback, with the practicality of a SUV. This market is hugely competitive today, with the Nissan Juke, the Peugeot 2008, and the Vauxhall Mokka all offering viable alternatives. Nevertheless, the Captur is amongst the best in its class. It’s stylish, comfortable, generously equipped, and represents excellent value for money.
Attractive design let down by disappointing quality
The interior of the Captur is lifted straight out of the Renault Clio. That means it features the same attractive design, but also suffers from the poor material quality that’s found in the Captur’s smaller sibling. There is plenty of storage space however, and equipment is generous.
The dashboard of the Captur is an incredibly attractive design. Gloss black inserts across the dash give the Captur a contemporary, classy feel, and controls and switches are well-damped and easy to use. Unfortunately however, the quality of materials used is underwhelming. Plastics feel hard and cheap, especially when you compare it to the Skoda Yeti.
Space wise the Captur is one of the most impressive in its class. With 377 litres of boot capacity as standard, there’s enough room for a big family shop, a buggy, or even a couple of suitcases. This capacity increases further if you choose to use the innovative adjustable rear seats. Move the seats as far forward as they will go, and the boot space increases to 455 litres. Compare that with the Nissan Juke (354 litres), and the Captur looks mightily impressive.
Equipment levels in the Captur are generous, even on entry-level models. The cheapest Expression+ model still comes with air-conditioning, cruise control, electric windows, alloy wheels, and automatic lights and wipers. If you want the excellent infotainment system, you’ll have to upgrade to the Dynamique Nav trim, which features a DAB radio, sat-nav, USB, and Bluetooth, all fired through a bright 7” touchscreen monitor.
The inside of the Captur is a pretty impressive package. The design of the dashboard is attractive, there’s more than enough storage space for family buyers, and equipment levels are generous. It’s disappointing however that the quality of materials used in the interior feel cheap, because otherwise the Captur would be the class-leader.
Comfortable, refined, and easy-to-drive
The Renault Captur isn’t the funnest car in its class to drive, but it does perform reasonably well. This is a car that’s designed to be easy to drive above all else, and on these terms it impresses. It’s pretty nimble through the corners, and the light steering makes city driving a doddle. There is a little bit of body roll, especially at high speeds, but it’s not any more than you’re likely to find in rival compact SUVs.
Suspension and Chassis
Comfort levels in the Captur are impressive, especially in the city. The chassis and suspension system iron out all but the worst of loose surfaces, potholes, and speed bumps, which makes the Captur a refined car around town. Get it up to motorway speed however, and the Captur becomes less comfortable. There’s very little in the way of road, engine, and wind noise though, so it’s a pretty reasonable motorway cruiser.
Gearbox options in the Captur come in two guises. The standard throughout the range is a 5-speed manual, that has been widely criticised by reviewers as being imprecise and rubbery. There’s also a six-speed dual-clutch DSG-style automatic, that performs reasonably well, as long as you leave it in full automatic mode.
A range of green, efficient engines
When it comes to deciding how you want to power your Captur, you’ve got the usual two options: petrol, or diesel. There’s no performance version of the Captur, but all engines in the range offer impressive fuel efficiency and CO2 emissions.
If it’s power that you want from your Captur, you’re more than likely going to be disappointed with the engines in the range. The most powerful is the petrol-powered 1.2 litre TCE, which produces 120bhp, and will accelerate you from 0-62mph in 10.6 seconds. Those figures are hardly awe-inspiring, but it’s still enough grunt to put a smile on your face when you’re tearing through winding country roads.
Eco-friendly buyers will be delighted to learn that there’s a Captur that produces less than 100g/km of CO2 emissions. The diesel-powered 1.5 dCi 90 produces just 95g/km, which is enough to give you the peace of mind that you’re helping to save the planet, as well as saving yourself money on road tax. This model is also great for money savers. Not only will you get free road tax, you’ll also get an impressive 78.5mpg.
Whichever engine you choose to go for in your Captur, you’re going to get a clean efficient engine. There isn’t a true performance option, but all engines have enough power to satisfy day-to-day family needs.
Full marks in NCAP safety tests, impressive safety equipment
Like nearly every car in its class, the Captur easily achieved the highest possible 5-star NCAP safety rating. With scores of 88% in adult safety, 79% in child safety, and 61% in pedestrian safety, the Captur beats the Nissan Juke in both adult safety and pedestrian safety, though it’s two points short of the Juke in child safety. The Captur also features six airbags, electronic stability control, hill-start assist, and an emergency braking system as standard.
Great value for money, as long as you avoid the cost of new-car depreciation
The Renault Captur represent excellent value for money for buyers. It may be more expensive than the Renault Clio that it’s based on, but it’s still a cheap car to run day-to-day. Fuel efficiency is impressive throughout the range, and CO2 emissions are standard for the class. The impressive diesel engine is however the one to go for if you really want to get the best value for money.
Insurance costs in the Captur are pretty good value. It’s a little more expensive than your average supermini, but insurance groups are roughly the same as they would be for an equivalent compact SUV. The cheapest Captur to insure is the 0.9 TCE Expression+, which is in group 9, whilst the most expensive is the range-topping 1.5 dCi (110bhp) Signature Energy, which is in group 16.
Depreciation is a large factor with the Renault Captur, but only if you choose to buy from new. With first year depreciation as high as 40%, you’re better off opting for an inspected used equivalent.
The Renault Captur is one of the most complete compact SUVs currently on sale in the UK. It offers tremendous practicality, a comfortable driving experience, and an impeccable safety record. The quality of materials used in the interior are disappointing, but there’s very little else wrong with the Captur, and it should be close to the top of your wish list.
Buying a used Renault Captur online with Carspring
If you’re after a used Renault Captur for sale, it can all feel like a bit of an ordeal. What, with long days spent around gigantic car supermarkets, or time spent trawling through classified websites, looking for that ideal used Captur. Carspring makes it simple. Buy your next used Renault Captur online with the touch of a button. Simply decide on the model you want and choose how you want to pay.
Looking to finance your used Renault? Not a problem, we work with our carefully selected finance partners to ensure that, if you’re paying monthly for your used Renault Captur, you know you’re getting the best rates. What’s more, with any Carspring used Captur, you also get our 14-day money-back guarantee and 6 months’ free Carspring Warranty. Plus, you don’t have to leave your home. We’ll deliver your used Renault to you at a time and place of your choice.
*This is an approximate figure based on the range of the car’s list price and the AA’s average 1st-year depreciation cost of 40%.