An impressive seller in the last couple of years, the Captur is an eye-catching, versatile small SUV that has made Renault a big player in the crossover market, and even enabled it to pinch sales from the supermini market. Based on the smaller Clio, it’s been in production since 2013 and a 2017 facelift brought it right up-to-date. There are huge numbers of nearly-new models on the used car market, so the Captur gives you the chance to get yourself a great deal on a modern family car ideal for the urban lifestyle.
The Captur is one of the most stylish SUVs around. That 2017 facelift added features from other, larger Renaults, with the front end resembling the Kadjar and C-shaped LED day-running lights similar to the Megane. The result is a modern-looking crossover that stands out from the crowd, its compact size making it more attractive than many a big blocky SUV and meaning it’s more suitable for tight parking in cities than traditional family hatchbacks. There’s plenty of scope for customisation too, as you can choose from a variety of striking colours and even two-tone body styles.
It looks good on the inside too. The Clio inspiration is obvious with the same instruments, switchgear and central touchscreen. You get the bonus of an SUV feel though with a more upright dash layout and higher seats, and the driving position is good with excellent visibility. Material quality is generally high and just like on the outside, you get to add your personal touch, with a plethora of style and colour packs available.
The Captur’s driving performance is well-suited to family life. Like the Clio, it offers an easy, comfortable drive and despite being slightly larger than its sister car it feels nippy and will be right at home getting around city centres quickly. The smooth drive means it offers a pleasant ride on the motorway and country roads too.
The major advantage of the Captur over cars of the Clio’s size is its greater practicality. The higher stance makes stepping in and out easier and makes loading the boot less of a chore, while it also gives everyone a better view out of the window.
Legroom and headroom are good too, and boot space is excellent. The rear seats are both foldable and slide-able, allowing you to find the balance you need between passenger room and cargo space.
The best engine options are the 0.9-litre TCE petrol and the 1.5-litre dCi diesel, both offering ample power for family life and returning impressive economy of 55mpg for the petrol and 72mpg for the diesel. Both manuals and automatics are available, though manuals are a lot more common on the used car market.
The Captur provides a stylish alternative to practical hatchbacks and big SUVs in the family car market. It’s suitable for all the vagaries of family life, being compact and agile enough for city life, yet with a highly practical interior and SUV off road versatility. It’s a car that you can fit all your kids and pets in comfortably yet also enjoy driving by yourself.
Entry-level models from 2017 onwards come with an impressive amount of kit, including 16-inch alloys, cruise control, air conditioning and keyless ignition. There are five trims to choose from, giving you the chance to add features such as Renault’s MediaNav infotainment system (which comes with sat nav, DAB radio and Bluetooth), rear parking sensors, and an advanced traction control system.Search Renault Captur