Renault Captur (2020) Review
Renault Captur (2020) At A Glance
The new car market has changed rapidly since the Renault Captur replaced the oddity that was the Modus back in 2013. Sharing a platform with the new Renault Clio and Nissan Juke, the latest Captur is comfortable, refined and good value. It's also a viable alternative to the Skoda Kamiq, Ford Puma and Peugeot 2008.
It takes a lot to stand out in this crowded segment, but the Captur offers trendy looks and a feel-good interior that puts it in a different league compared to the old model. It's not as good to drive as rivals like the Ford Puma, but it is cheap to run and does offer good value for money.
Practicality has been a focus for the Captur's designers. It's slightly longer, wider and taller than its predecessor, giving it more interior space. Front-seat passengers won't feel cramped at all, and in the rear a sliding bench allows you to prioritise boot or passenger space.
Indeed, the interior represents a considerable improvement over its predecessor. There are lots of well-thought-out features and soft-touch materials (particularly on the top-spec S Edition). While the old model was awash with harsh plastics and drab fabrics, the second-generation Captur feels genuinely pleasant inside.
It also scores highly in the value-for-money stakes. It starts at less than £18,000 and even entry-level models are very well-equipped, with a seven-inch media system (including Apple CarPlay and Android Auto), full LED headlights and cruise control.
The engine line-up is made up of petrol and (curiously, given the current market) diesel engines, with a plug-in hybrid on its way. We reckon the majority of buyers should be looking at one of the petrol engines, with even the entry-level three-cylinder TCe 100 providing plenty of performance.
While not as fun to drive as some rivals (thanks to its light steering and considerable lean in corners), the Captur still has quite a firm, crashy ride. It's easy to drive, though, and its high-up seating position will be popular with many buyers.
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