Renault Captur (2013 – 2019) Review
Renault Captur (2013 – 2019) At A Glance
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 It's a good alternative to an MPV and it's a stylish design too, although it has been replaced by a newer model.
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.
If you're looking for the newer version, you need our Renault Captur review.
Real MPG average for a Renault Captur (2013 – 2019)
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