Review: Renault Captur (2013 – 2019)
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.
Renault Captur (2013 – 2019): At A Glance
- New prices start from £15,300, brokers can source from £12,312
- Contract hire deals from £141.06 per month
- 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.
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Renault Captur (2013 – 2019): What's It Like Inside?
The cabin of the Captur makes a good first impression. It’s smartly laid out, with easy to read, clear dials and a nice big digital speedometer. Upper grades get a touchscreen system. Delving a little deeper reveals that the choice of materials isn’t exactly plush, with hard plastics used throughout instead of the soft-touch material in rival cars like the Peugeot 2008 (and the later VW T-Cross). On the plus side, everything feels durable and right down to minor switches – but it would be nice to see a bit more pizazz.
Practicality is altogether more impressive – on some versions the seat covers can be removed to be washed and there’s a good sized 377-litre boot, expandable to 1,235 litres if you fold the rear seats. The rear seats themselves are fitted to runners and so can be slid forward or back by 250mm depending on whether you need knee room or load capacity, which is a Renault touch dating from the Twingo and later adopted by Volkswagen for the T-Cross.
Adults fit comfortably in the back row, so for growing families with teenagers the Captur is a sensible choice. It’s well equipped as standard and all cars have alloy wheels, electric windows front and rear, plus cruise control, Bluetooth, USB and aux connectivity, though you need an Expression + model to get air conditioning.
Moving to the Dynamique Medianav model adds a seven-inch touchscreen system with TomTom navigation, along with climate control and a more powerful audio. Top of the range Dynamique S Medianav models are offered with more customisation options including contrasting roof and wheel colours, plus a darker window tint and parking sensors.
Expression is the entry level trim and comes with 16-inch alloy wheels, tinted rear windows, front and rear electric windows, CD player with Bluetooth and Aux and USB inputs.
Expression + trim adds Chrome exterior pack, handsfree keycard with push button start, manual air conditioning.
Dynamique MediNav trim adds 17-inch alloy wheels, storage nets on front seat backs, washable removable seat covers, upgraded audio system, MediNav toushcreen with navigation and chrome gloss interior pack.
Dynamique MediaNav + is the top trim level and adds 17-inch alloy wheels with a choice of coloured finishes, contrasting roof and door mirror colours, choice of interior and exterior color packs, rear parking sensors, extra tinted rear windows.
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What's the Renault Captur (2013 – 2019) like to drive?
Renault offered a choice of three engines – two petrol and one diesel. The range kicked off with the 90PS 0.9-litre TCe petrol. It’s efficient, with official economy of 56.5mpg and emissions of 115g/km. Despite being a tiny three-cylinder the TCe 90 is perfectly capable of shifting the Captur around, but its official 0-60 0f 12.8 seconds shows its a bit slow for those who regularly drive a full car. Surprisingly it is not overwhelmed by a motoreway and can sit at 70mph at 3,000rpm all day long.
If you need a petrol engine with a bit more power you can choose the 120PS 1.2-litre TCe. Originally, this was is only offered with Renault's 5-speed EDC dual-clutch automatic transmission but from July 2016 became available with a 6-speed manual transmission. For those who predominantly drive around town the EDC is ideal. It’s easy to live with in traffic and manages to be efficient – official economy is 52.3mpg and emissions are 119g/km. The 1.2TCe was dropped from the range at the May 2018 'New Captur' facelift.
Renault offered one diesel option – the 1.5-litre dCi 90. It produces the same 90PS as the entry level petrol, but with significantly more torque (220Nm versus 140Nm). That means it’s easy to drive and is more capable when it comes to overtaking and more at ease on the motorway. It’s also the most efficient engine in the Captur range, managing an official 76.4mpg and emitting 95g/km of CO2. From October 2017 this was also offered with the 5-speed EDC dual-clutch transmission, and the option of Mud&Snow tyres.
The Captur is reasonably quiet and refined regardless engine. The three cylinder petrol is audibly thrummy and the diesel clatters a little, but the amount of noise is never enough to distract or irritate and it’s much the same story with tyre drone and wind noise. Both are noticeable but never loud.
Both the TCe 90 and dCi 90 engines come with a five-speed manual transmission as standard. It’s good enough, but it’s certainly not the most satisfying gearbox to use, with an occasionally imprecise shift action.
The Captur is okay, but nothing special to drive. It is stable, secure and has plenty of grip, massively improved by the fitting of 17-inch alloy wheels with 205/55 R17 Goodyear Efficient Grip tyres. Then it can be chucked around safely like any other small hatchback with a twist-beam rear axle.
The Captur rides well over lumps and bumps at lower speeds, and it manages to feel at home regardless of the environment – it’s happy in town, on the motorway or in the countryside on a rural road.
A 650 mile weekend journey in a 2019 Renault Captur GT Line TCe 90 posed no problems either for the car or for the driver. Despite just 898cc and 140Nm torque, it easily kept pace with the traffic. Even the seats were comforable. Including 100 miles of country roads driven at speed, overall fuel economy was a reasonable 44.8mpg.
|0.9 TCe||52–57 mpg||13.0–13.2 s||89–122 g/km|
|1.2 TCe||50–51 mpg||9.9–10.6 s||125–127 g/km|
|1.2 TCe EDC||50–51 mpg||10.6 s||125–127 g/km|
|1.3 TCe 130||-||-||128 g/km|
|1.3 TCe 150 EDC||-||-||125 g/km|
|1.5 dCi||72–79 mpg||11.4–13.1 s||95–101 g/km|
|1.5 dCi 110||72–76 mpg||11.4 s||98 g/km|
|1.5 dCi 90||67–79 mpg||13.1 s||95–110 g/km|
|1.5 dCi 90 EDC||67–74 mpg||13.8 s||99–112 g/km|
|1.5 dCi EDC||71–74 mpg||13.8 s||99–103 g/km|
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