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)

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

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Average performance

74%

Real MPG

30–68 mpg

MPGs submitted

510

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Engine flush has damaged my car and invalidated the warranty - what should I do?
"I have a 2019 Renault Captur 1.5 dCi. I bought it with 11,000 miles on the clock in July 2020. Recently, I had it serviced at an independent garage. The garage performed an engine flush as part of the service. A couple of weeks after the service a 'check anti-pollution system' message appeared on the dashboard. After taking it to my local Renault dealer I've been told the EGR sensor has failed. They also think there is an issue with the turbo. But the dealer says the engine flush is responsible for the faults and the independent garage has voided the manufacturer warranty. I have gone back to the garage that did the service and they are not being very helpful. They say Renault should fix this under the warranty. What should I do?"
If the garage hasn't used Renault-approved fluids and parts for the service and engine flush then they will have invalidated the car's manufacturer warranty. The line of liability is between yourself and the garage that performed the service and flush. They should put this right at no cost if it's found that the flush has caused the problems with the turbo.
Answered by Dan Powell
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.
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