Renault Captur (2013-present)

A practical small crossover with low running costs, the Renault Captur is best value as a used car

Strengths & Weaknesses

Strengths 

Spacious and practical
Comfortable ride
Cheap to run

Weaknesses 

Expensive when new
Leans in faster corners
Quality lags rivals
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Renault Captur Diesel Hatchback 1.5 dci 90 play 5dr

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If you'd like a car with the small dimensions of a Renault Clio, but a loftier view and larger boot then Renault’s Captur fits the bill.

It's a small crossover, combining the size and fuel economy of a small car like the Clio, with the extra height of an off-road car. In the case of the Captur, it results in a vastly more practical car, with large door pockets, a big storage box on top of the dashboard and 215mm of knee room in the rear seats, which is more than 50% greater than in the Clio.

Boot space is even more impressive because you can slide the rear seats forwards and backwards. Pushing them fully forwards might reduce legroom but it leaves an enormous 455 litres of space - 155 litres larger than the Clio’s. It’s more than you’ll find in bigger cars, such as the VW Golf and Nissan Qashqai, and means that you can fit a weekly shop with space to spare, as well as three in the back (although for adults, it’s only really comfortable with two).

Of its rivals, only the Vauxhall Crossland X, fitted with its own sliding seat system, offers more space, although newer rivals, such as the Volkswagen T-Roc and Seat Arona come close.

It's a useful family workhorse, but one that offers some fun personalisation options if you're buying from new. Contrasting roof and door mirror colours are standard on higher-specification cars, while various colour interior highlights start at £100.

From the driving seat, visibility ahead is excellent but thick pillars either side of the back window make it tricky to see behind. All but the cheapest Capturs come with an easy-to-use touchscreen, which includes sat-nav. Higher-specification models come with Android Auto for simple control of your apps through the screen; Apple CarPlay is not an option.

The quality of the plastics used in the car’s interior was improved on models delivered from July 2017. The move was intended to help the Captur keep pace at least with the model’s immediate competition but the car lacks the sophistication of the angular, well laid-out dashboards of the T-Roc and Arona. Quality remains below the standard of the expensive Audi Q2 and Mini Countryman.

The improvements also did little to impress owners: the updated car was 69 out of 75 in terms of owner satisfaction with quality in this year's Auto Express Driver Power survey.

The Captur gained a tougher look when the car was updated chunkier panels at the front and back, making it look a bit more rugged like the Nissan Juke or Ford Ecosport, which aren't as spacious or as good to drive.

Despite their height and design, none of these cars are designed to go off-road. Some versions of the Captur do come with a special system called grip Xtend that can reduce the risk of getting stuck in mud or snow, but no Captur has four-wheel drive, so it’s more at home in the urban jungle than the real one.

It's not really got the power to plough through mud either, with an engine range that prioritises fuel economy over performance.

As a family car, the Captur has been designed with light steering and a smooth ride. However, the extra height does force some compromises, so it’s neither as comfortable as a Volkswagen Polo or Vauxhall Corsa, nor as stable in faster corners, where you can feel it leaning.

New car prices, which start at around £15,500, are on the high side but Renault Captur discounts are common and used models typically start at less than £8,000, or around £140 in representative finance with a 10 per cent deposit. All cars are fitted with alloy wheels, air conditioning and the split-folding rear seats that also slide.

When independently crash-tested by Euro NCAP, the Captur was awarded a full five stars.

 

Last Updated 

Friday, April 20, 2018 - 15:00

Key facts 

Warranty: 
Three years / 60,000 miles
Boot size: 
455 litres
Width: 
1,778mm
Length: 
4,122mm
Height: 
1,566mm
Tax: 
£125 to £165 in first year, £140 thereafter / Pre-April 2017 cars: £0 to £110

Best Renault Captur for... 

Renault Captur 1.5 dCi 90 Expression+
The less powerful of the two 1.5-litre diesel engines offered in the Captur is the most efficient. Official fuel economy is almost 80mpg (but 55mpg in normal driving). Choosing entry-level Expression+ trim keeps the purchase price fairly low, too.
Renault Captur 1.5 dCi 90 Dynamique Nav
Picking Dynamique Nav trim is worthwhile, as this gets you a seven-inch touchscreen with sat nav (making family day trips and holidays less of a headache) and hands-free calling (for safer driving).
Renault Captur 1.2 TCE Dynamique Nav
Unlike the Clio supermini, there’s no high-performance version of the Captur. The quickest engine on paper is the 1.2-litre petrol which, with the manual gearbox, gets the car from 0-62mph in a reasonably rapid 9.9 seconds.
Renault Captur 1.2 TCE Signature S Nav Auto
No version of the Captur represents fantastic value for money and the high-spec Signature S Nav version is expensive. It's around £23,000 from new and loses value fast, making finance costly. It makes more sense as a much cheaper used car, but there are better and less costly options.

Renault Captur History 

  • May 2013 Renault Captur SUV goes on sale
  • October 2013 EDC (Efficient Dual Clutch) automatic gearbox arrives
  • October 2014 Signature Nav trim level added to range
  • March 2015 More powerful dCi 110 diesel joins engine line-up
  • April 2015 Recall of 31,000 Jan ’13 to March ’15 Capturs for potential brake problem
  • November 2015 Spec upgrade adds DAB radio on all except entry-level model
  • November 2015 Limited-edition Iconic Nav spec introduced above Signature Nav
  • July 2016 The 1.2 TCe 120 engine with a six-speed manual gearbox is introduced on Dynamique Nav trim upwards.
  • July 2016 Iconic Nav special edition includes white pearlescent paint, blue roof, part-leather seats, heated front seats, Grip Xtend system and reversing camera.
  • April 2017 Android Auto added to Capturs with R-Link 2 dashboard screen
  • July 2017 First deliveries of updated Captur with chunky inserts at the front and back, plus improved interior quality.
  • February 2018 Renault reduces its new car warranty from four years or 100,000 miles to three years or 60,000 miles. 

Understanding Renault Captur car names 

  • Captur
  • Engine
    1.5 dCi 110
  • Trim
    Signature Nav
  • Engine
    The Renault Captur is available with one of two petrol engines (called TCe) or one of two diesels (called dCi). The more powerful of the two petrols is only available with an automatic gearbox.
  • Trim
    Five trim levels, with differing amounts of standard equipment, make up the Captur range: Expression+, Dynamique Nav, Dynamique S Nav, Signature X Nav, Signature S Nav

Renault Captur Engines 

Petrol: 0.9 TCe 90, 1.2 TCe 120 Diesel: 1.5 dCi 90, 1.5 dCi 110

There are two petrol and two diesel engines to choose from but not all are avalable with an automatic gearbox.

The entry-level 0.9 TCe 90 petrol engine offers reasonable performance and fuel economy, but doesn’t truly shine in either category. It’s only available with a manual gearbox, while the more powerful 1.2-litre TCe 120 is offered with an automatic or manual gearbox.

With 120 horsepower(hp) the more powerful petrol engine offers respectable - but far from sensational performance. Fuel economy isn't going to impress either. Forget the official figures of more than 50mpg, based on laboratory testing: you're more likely to see 35mpg in real-world driving, according to the Equa Index, which measures fuel economy on public roads.

Higher-mileage drivers are likely to be better off in one of the diesel Capturs, which can return more than 50mpg in real-world driving (still a long way off the official figures, which indicate 80mpg or more).

The less powerful 1.5-litre dCi is the best all-rounder in the Captur range. and available with either a manual or automatic geabox. Although it has almost identical performance figures to the 0.9-litre petrol, it feels faster in everyday driving because it doesn't need much revving to deliver a burst of power.

The most powerful 110hp diesel is only a little less efficient than the 90hp engine, but it’s not available in the entry-level Expression+ version of the Captur.

If you do buy a diesel Captur, watch out for the earlier versions, which don't comply with the latest emissions standards, known as Euro 6. These older cars only meet less stringent Euro 5 regulations, which means that they will face charges to drive in any forthcoming clean air zone, which targets the most polluting cars. Owners of Euro 5 cars will also be liable for London's £12.50 ultra low emission zone (ULEZ) daily charge, which begins next year.

FuelOfficial fuel economyPowerAcceleration (0-62mph)Top speed
0.9 TCe 90Petrol55.4mpg90hp13.2sec106mph
1.2 TCe 120Petrol51.4mpg120hp9.9sec113mph
1.5 dCi 90Diesel78.5mpg90hp13.1sec106mph
1.5 dCi 110Diesel76.4mpg10hp11.4sec113mph

Renault Captur Trims 

Expression+, Dynamique Nav, Dynamique S Nav, Signature Nav, Signature S Nav

The Renault Captur is a fairly well equipped car, no matter which version you choose. The entry-level Expression+ has 16in alloy wheels, air-conditioning, cruise control, power-adjustable door mirrors, hill-start assistance, electric windows all round and USB/MP3 player sockets, as standard.

Dynamique Nav is notable for the addition of a leather steering wheel, storage nets, washable and removeable seat covers, climate control and the ‘MediaNav’ system. The latter is the main reason to upgrade to this trim, as it gives you sat nav, DAB digital radio, four speakers and Bluetooth phone connectivity. Dynamique Nav also has bigger 17in alloy wheels, plus the roof and door mirrors are finished in a contrasting colour.

Moving up to Dynamique S Nav gets you heavily tinted rear windows, power-folding door mirrors, contrasting exterior colour schemes and rear parking sensors. The more expensive Signature X Nav gains part-leather seats, unique 17in alloy wheels, a seven-inch touchscreen with a TomTom Live Sat Nav system and Android Auto, plus a reversing camera. Alternatively, Signature S Nav also builds on Dynamique S Nav trim with extra luxury touches..

Renault Captur Reliability and warranty 

Renault’s reliability record has taken a knock with the latest Driver Power 2018 new car owners satisfaction survey. Largely thanks to problems with the gearbox on their new Capturs, owners ranked the Captur 69 for reliability out of 75 new models. This result contributed to the model's position of 70 when it came to the best caars to own.

The fact that Renault has reduced the length of its new car warranty from four to three years on cars sold since February 2018 is unlikely to reassure buyers of the new Captur.

Used Renault Captur 

The relatively high price of the Renault Captur when new leads to a large loss if value in the first year of ownership – and some decent discounts on new and nearly-new examples from dealers.

This makes recently-updated versions of the Captur - sold after July 2017 - available for about three-quarters of the price of a new one. Watch out for any over-the-top colour or design combination that excessively ‘creative’ owners may have specified, though – it’s probably better off to stick to more sober and smart colour combinations with one eye on the car’s future resale value. this can also help to keep the cost of finance low.

It's best to opt for a Renault that was sold before February 2018, as this should be covered by a four-year, 100,000 warranty (it's always worth doiuble-checking). After this date, cars only get three year cover that's limited to 60,000 miles.

Renault Captur Prices

Renault Captur GT Line

0.9 tce 90 gt line 5dr

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 52.3mpg
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £16,386

You could save up to: £1909

1.5 dci 90 gt line 5dr

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 67.3mpg
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £17,874

You could save up to: £1961

1.5 dci 90 gt line 5dr edc

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 67.3mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £18,817

You could save up to: £2238

Renault Captur Iconic

0.9 tce 90 iconic 5dr

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 52.3mpg
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £14,338

You could save up to: £2157

1.5 dci 90 iconic 5dr

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 67.3mpg
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £15,808

You could save up to: £2227.33

1.5 dci 90 iconic 5dr edc

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 67.3mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £16,770

You could save up to: £2485

Renault Captur Play

0.9 tce 90 play 5dr

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 52.3mpg
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £12,675

You could save up to: £2620

1.5 dci 90 play 5dr

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 67.3mpg
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £14,165

You could save up to: £2670