Renault Captur (2013 – 2019) Review

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Renault Captur (2013 – 2019) At A Glance

3/5

+Well priced, with good equipment levels. Compact dimensions but with SUV driving position. Car-like handling. Child-friendly removable, washable seat covers. Interior and engine power improved from 2018 facelift.

-Not as good to drive or as capable in all weathers as Peugeot 2008.

Insurance Groups are between 8–15
On average it achieves 74% of the official MPG figure

The Captur is Renault's small crossover and is based on the Clio, but it’s more practical than its hatchback counterpart and thanks to competitive pricing, it represents a good value buy for the family buyer. It's a good alternative to an MPV and it's a stylish design too.

The Captur is compact and drives like an everyday hatchback, with light controls and precise handling, but it also has the advantage of a raised driving position that affords good visibility. Interior space impresses too – the boot is big enough for trips away and thanks to a sliding rear bench, rear seat passengers should be able to get comfortable even if they’re adults.

Running costs are relatively low thanks to a range of three frugal engines – two petrol and one diesel. None is particularly powerful but even the entry-level 0.9-litre TCE petrol does a good enough job of moving the car around and getting up to speed. More important is the fuel economy – even the least efficient model in the Captur range - the 1.2-litre automatic - manages more than 50mpg while the impressive 1.5 dCi returns a claimed 76.4mpg.

The original choice of cabin materials wasn't the best – most surfaces are finished in hard plastic. It feels fairly durable, but it would be nice to see the plusher, soft touch material you get in rivals like the Peugeot 2008. Similarly the seat upholstery isn’t the thickest or softest, but it’s not a huge problem – not least because the seat covers of some model grades (not the leather seats of the GT Line) can be removed and cleaned.

The Captur manages to deliver the stylish looks and the elevated driving position that make small crossovers so popular, coupled with efficient engines, good road manners and a practical cabin. Standard equipment is good which, combined with reasonable pricing, makes the Captur a good choice for families and arguably the best car in Renault’s range.

From February 2019, Renault replaced the old 1.2 TCe 120 engines with the new Renault/Nissan/Mercedes/Dacia 1,332cc TCe 130 and TCe 150 giving a very welcome power boost. 

Constantly improved throughout its model life, the Renault Captur laid the ground for small crossovers and even at the end, in 2019, still compared well with latecomers such as the SEAT Arona and VW T-Cross.

Long Term Test Renault Captur 1.5 dCi Dynamique S

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Real MPG average for a Renault Captur (2013 – 2019)

RealMPG

Real MPG was created following thousands of readers telling us that their cars could not match the official figures.

Real MPG gives real world data from drivers like you to show how much fuel a vehicle really uses.

Average performance

74%

Real MPG

30–68 mpg

MPGs submitted

477

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Could you recommend some all-season tyres?
"Can you recommend some all-season tyres for a Renault Captur?"
Michelin CrossClimates+ and Continental All SeasonContact are rated highly by us and our readers. Both tyres are praised for improving road handling in wet and wintery conditions. These tyres also use a soft rubber compound and deeper profile that improves general ride comfort.
Answered by Georgia Petrie
Should a clutch last longer than two years and 13,000 miles?
"In July 2017 I purchased a Renault Captur 0.9 TCe. The car had 9731 miles on the clock and was first registered in September 2016. The clutch failed last week, with 12986 miles on the clock. I immediately telephoned the dealer to report the situation. The car was sold with the remains of the original three year warranty. I was advised by the lady I spoke to that the warranty did not cover clutches. I explained that I felt that a clutch should last longer. The lady advised me that, if I was not happy, to contact Renault. This I have done, by email, as instructed on their website, but have received, up to today, no response."
No manufacturer I know of apart from Hyundai and Kia will warrant a clutch beyond six years from new because it is too easy for a driver to destroy them. It will not be covered by Renault. And the dealer who sold you the car is not liable for the eventual failure of this working part. I'm afraid you will have to pay for its replacement.
Answered by Honest John
What economical petrol car could I replace my diesel Renault Captur with?
"I do 60,000 miles per year, but with all the talk of diesel hazards, which is the best petrol car for me? I carry three patients, plus their bags. My Renault Captur is serviced every 18,000 miles as per the manual - which is a godsend because I spend less time in the garage with it. The new car needs to be high up so my older patients can get in it easily."
You are doing a phenomenal mileage and, because of that, mpg is critical. I don't think you can do better than your Captur with its familiar Renault 1.5DCI diesel engine. If you wanted to cut purchase costs a bit you could consider a Dacia Logan MCV estate with the Renault 1.5 DCI engine. Or, of course, a Dacia Duster, which has just been revised. Since the engines and transmissions in the Dacia are almost exactly the same as in the Captur, there is no reason for the difference in service intervals, even though, in spite of your huge annual mileage 10,000 - 12,000 miles is more sensible to preserver the life of the engine long-term.
Answered by Honest John
Why has my Renault Captur depreciated by 55 per cent in a year?
"I have a Renault Captur DCI automatic bought new in June 2016. It now has 9000 miles. The cost was £23,400, Renault advise a trade in value of £10,000. After 12 months this is a devaluation of 55 per cent. Is this realistic and if so have Renault overpriced the car on original sale? Renault say the Captur is a popular model and the most highly rated car in the Honest John survey. If this is the case why does it not hold its value better?"
Basically you paid too much for it. The Captur is a low-end small SUV, originally list priced from £12,495 and currently priced from £15,195. It's never a good idea to go for a top of the range model where base prices are so low. On top of that, I guess you didn't get a discount when the discount on a car like this can be as much as 20 per cent. Now, the only sensible thing to do is to hang on to it for a couple more years and amortize the loss.
Answered by Honest John

What does a Renault Captur (2013 – 2019) cost?

Buy new from £15,495 (list price from £19,055)
Contract hire from £162.25 per month