New Renault Captur revealed, including plug-in plans

Popular Renault Captur gets new look inside and out, plus all-new tech

BuyaCar team
Feb 24, 2020

Renault has revealed a refreshed and redesigned version of its popular Captur. The original Captur was a big success for Renault, selling more than a million examples across Europe in its six years on sale.

With a high-riding driving position and small size (it’s about the same size a Renault Clio, but taller), the Captur is aimed at small families and those who want a bit of SUV style but spend most of their time driving around town.

Renault hopes the latest car will build on the virtues of the original model, while adding a more modern and upmarket interior, and a raft of high-tech features, including driver-assistance technology and – in 2020 – a plug-in hybrid version.

The market for cars like this continues to expand, and we're seeing more and more examples of car manufacturers developing high-rise versions of their standard hatchback models. Will this new Renault Captur be enough to thwart the supremacy of the Nissan Juke though? Read on to find out more about this mini-SUV's interior, tech, engines and more.

You can check here for more details on the new Renault Captur E-Tech plug-in hybrid.

Quick facts

  • Prices start at £17,595
  • Small SUV based on the Renault Clio
  • Three petrol and two diesel engines
  • E-Tech plug-in hybrid coming in 2020
  • Offers 536 litres of boot space
  • First deliveries expected early in 2020

2020 Renault Captur prices and specs

The new all-new Renault Captur hits the market with a base price of £17,595. That's the entry-level Play trim that come equipped with 17-inch steel wheels, LED headlights, tinted rear windows and body coloured bumpers, door handles and door mirrors. Inside, the headlines include a seven-inch touchscreen media display, an additional 4.2-inch instrument display, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay and automatic air-conditioning. There's also a huge list of cutting edge safety and assistance equipment including emergency brake assist, traffic sign recognition, hill start assist, lane departure warning, and lane keep assist.

Heading up a level on the Captur range to Iconic trim. Prices here start from £19,095 and bring some additional features. Outside, you get 17-inch alloy wheels, roof bars, even darker rear windows, and two-tone colour schemes. Inside you get sat-nav built in to the same seven-inch display and you'll also benefit from rear parking sensors.

One final step on the ladder will bring you to the top spec S Edition spec. Priced from £20,595, this model brings the best the new Captur has to offer, with bespoke LED headlights - both front and rear with automatic high beam - 17-inch allow wheels, front and rear parking sensors, a rear view camera and a very useful blind spot warning. The interior gets a lick of quality, with a leather steering wheel and leather-feel upholstery. There's also a larger 9.3-inch touchscreen with navigation, a larger seven-inch instrument display, the addition of three driving modes, ambient lighting in eight different colours, and a wireless phone charger.

If you're quick on your feet, you might still be able to get your hands on this BOSE Launch Edition model. Coming in again at £20,595, you get 18-inch alloy wheels, and a nine-speaker BOSE sound system, although this model only features the same seven-inch touchscreen featured in Iconic trim with built-in navigation.

2020 Renault Captur design

Although Renault says the car is 85% new parts, it is at first glance, quite similar to the old model on the outside.

It’s still curvy, with flowing body panels and a roof colour that contrasts with the body to give a sense that the roof is ‘floating’. However, it is actually 11cm longer than before and has a higher waistline to give it more of that tough SUV feel.

The most significant visual change is new 100% LED headlights, styled like a ‘c’ shape to echo the other models in Renault’s range. The C-shaped light treatment continues at the rear with new, slimmer tail lights.

2020 Renault Captur interior

Inside, the Captur features a dramatic portrait-oriented central screen that’s either 7 inches or 9.3 inches. This is both slightly curved and angled towards the driver, so the driver can use it with the minimum of distraction of their attention from the road.

In front of the driver a digital screen that replaces the traditional dials and which – provided you go for the optional larger 10-inch version – can display turn by turn instructions for the sat-nav. There’s also a dramatic-looking ‘flying’ centre console. This is actually a sort of jutting balcony that houses the gearlever and makes room below it for a pad for wireless smartphone charging.

Renault is also keen to emphasise the customisable nature of the new Captur and part of this are the ‘colour packs’ which combine trim and seat colours. These are available in black, light grey or leather. Elsewhere in the interior you’ll find ambient lighting strips in the door inserts, storage pockets big enough for a couple of 1.5-litre bottles and a pair of USB sockets in the centre armrest.

Out back, the Captur offers an impressive 536 litres of boot space.

2020 Renault Captur technology

The Captur’s touchscreen is compatible with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay as standard, features a built-in TomTom sat-nav and can be customised so users can easily access their favourite functions. The system is also automatically updated, like the operating system of your smartphone, which is a helpful touch.

Unusually for this type of car, the Captur gets quite an advanced driver-assistance package that Renault calls its ‘Highway and Traffic Jam Companion’. This combines adaptive cruise control and lane assist to keep you cruising in your lane on the motorway and at a safe distance from the car in front. This works between 0mph and 100mph, so could be particularly useful in heavy traffic.

Other safety features the Captur offers include emergency brake assist, a 360-degree parking camera, and automatic high beam lights.

2020 Renault Captur engines

The new Renault Captur will be available with a choice of three different petrol engines, two diesels and – eventually – an emissions-friendly plug-in hybrid option (see below).

Petrol power options start with the little 1.0 TCe. This is a 1.0-litre, three-cylinder engine, but it’s turbocharged, so makes 100hp – so it shouldn’t feel too underpowered. If you’re looking for more power, though, go for the 130hp 1.3 TCe. At the top of the petrol range is the 155hp version of the 1.3 TCe. The 155hp models is only available with a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic. The 130hp 1.3 TCe can be specified with either the automatic or a six-speed manual, while the smallest petrol engine is offered with a manual gearbox only.

Diesel options consist of a 1.5-litre turbo with either 95hp or 115hp. The lower-powered car is manual only, while the more powerful option can be had with either the six-speed manual or the seven-speed auto.

2020 Renault Captur E-TECH Plug-in hybrid

Renault will introduce a plug-in hybrid version of the new Captur in 2020, called the E-TECH Plug-in. Renault says it’ll cover 28 miles on purely electric power – and at speeds of up to 83mph.

For longer journeys – or if you’ve not had time to plug in the car to charge the 9.8kWh batteries, the 1.6-litre petrol engine is supported by the two electric motors. Renault says these will always have enough charge to move away at low speeds in electric mode, helping reduce emissions and improve fuel efficiency.

This energy is drawn from the braking system, which helps recover kinetic energy. This system means you can also accelerate and brake using one pedal, much like the system used in the Nissan Leaf.

You can read more about the new Renault Captur E-Tech plug-in hybrid here.


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