Review: Renault Captur (2020)
More luxurious than original Captur. Main engine now 1,332cc four cylinder Available as a plug-in hybrid from April 2020. Standard 17-inch wheels with sensible 60 profile tyres. Mid 40s economy from 1.3 petrol engines.
Thankfully Optional 18-inch wheels don't do the handling any favours.
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Renault Captur (2020): At A Glance
Cosmetically, the 2020 Renault Captur is chunkier than before, while LED headlights are now standard across the range. Extra chrome gives it a more upmarket appearance than before, while the lights have been redesigned in keeping with the rest of the Renault range.
Bigger changes are inside, with high-grade materials and soft coverings for the dashboard.
There’s also a new Smart Cockpit featuring a 9.3-inch portrait infotainment screen on top spec versions along with a digital instrument cluster available in either 7- or 10-inch layouts. Even the base 'Play' model has a touch screen that can hook up to Google Maps or Waze via Appler CarPlay or Android Auto.
As before, the new Captur features a sliding rear bench seat that allows you to prioritise space for rear passengers or luggage. Boot capacity is up 81 litres taking it to 536 litres in total - bigger than the Honda HR-V, SEAT Arona and Ford Ecosport.
Buyers can choose from three petrol and two diesel engines. The petrol options include the new TCe 100 turbocharged three-cylinder 1.0-litre shared with the Nissan Micra and Juke and new Clio, along with 130 and 155 versions of the 1.3-litre TCe engine.
The diesel line-up is made of a Blue dCi engine with 95 or 115PS, while buyers can also choose from a six-speed manual or seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission.
The E-tech plug-in hybrid model from 2020, combines a 1.6-litre petrol engine with a 49kW electric motor and is capable of covering up to 28 miles under electric power alone. Its 9.8kWh battery "will always retain enough charge to move away at low speeds under electric power", while a strong regenerative braking system means you'll be able to resort to one-pedal driving.
In a bid to appeal to a youthful market, the 2020 Renault Captur is offered in as many as 90 different colour combinations, with buyers able to choose from different colours for the bodywork, roof, door mirrors and skid plates.
These are cars people want. You sit higher. You see further. You feel safer. Yet they take up no more space than a standard small hatchback, so are just as easy to park.
The new Renault Captur went on sale in November 2019 with deliveries from February 2020.
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Renault Captur (2020): What's It Like Inside?
The interior is inviting and luxurious. (Long gone are the removable, machine washable seat covers.)
Top versions get a paperback-size 9.3 inch vertical satnav that somehow works better than a horizonal screen, with repeat instructions in front of the driver (though the full 10-inch driver display is an optional extra).
Inside, they are a very pleasant place to be with nicely trimmed soft-touch surfaces and comfortable seats.
Well thought out, too, with 12v power sockets plus a pair of USB sockets front and back. Even the cupholders are sensibly sited, low and back a bit so the cups or cans in them don’t interfere with gearchanges.
Sadly, though the back seats slide back and forth by 150mm, they don’t fold up cleverly as in a Jazz or an HR-V so you’re left with quite a high load deck with the seatbacks flopped down.
Load space is an impressive 536 litres (VDA) with the bench slid all the way forward and 422 litres with the bench slid back to maximise legroom. This is a significant increase over the original Captur that had 455 litres and 377 litres respectively.
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What's the Renault Captur (2020) like to drive?
The Renault Captur 1,332cc TC3 130 manual develops its peak torque of a useful 240Nm at 1,600rpm and quite a lot of that from much lower rpm, making it an exceptionally sweet and flexible unit. Gearing of around 32mph per 1,000rpm in 6th meant stress-free cruising, sweetness and light. In fact, the engine was so quiet and pleasant in the lower gears I sometimes had to check the rev counter to make sure I was in 6th rather than 4th. Fuel economy worked out at 45.6mpg, very similar to the 90TCe I’d driven a couple of weeks before.
The Captur 1.3 TCe 155 is onl;y available with Renault's 7-speed ‘Efficient Dual Clutch’ automatic transmission. The car we drove was also fitted with optional ‘Highway & Traffic Jam Companion’ bringing it to ‘Level 2 Autonomy’, so, like the Clio V tested here and the Nissan Qashqai with Pro Pilot, it is active from 0-100mph and controls the speed of the car, maintaining safe distances and keeping the Captur central to its lane. In heavy traffic, it stops and starts the Captur to follow the vehicle in front. That was better than driving manually in traffic because, when the lights turned green, there was quite a lot for the car to do: disengage auto hold, start the engine, then engage 1st gear, a process that required a light touch on the accelerator pedal. Over a 3 hour drive we averaged 38.16mpg.