Our cars: Renault Captur 1.5 dCi - April

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  • Renault's baby SUV on test for a year
  • 1.5 dCi model in Dynamique Medianav trim
  • Run by deputy content editor, Ed Callow
  • Over the first half of a tank of diesel, the Captur's fuel gauge underestimates the fuel used

    Over the first half of a tank of diesel, the Captur's fuel gauge underestimates the fuel used

  • First service for our Captur was only £90.65, and we didn't even need to leave the office

    First service for our Captur was only £90.65, and we didn't even need to leave the office

  • Captur's stop-start system sometimes takes a while to activate, as the coolant needs to warm up

    Captur's stop-start system sometimes takes a while to activate, as the coolant needs to warm up

  • Captur's first service is easy to book with Renault's online system, and pretty cheap at £95.74

    Captur's first service is easy to book with Renault's online system, and pretty cheap at £95.74

  • Captur's first service is due soon. Time to see how easy it is to book, and try a local Renault dealer

    Captur's first service is due soon. Time to see how easy it is to book, and try a local Renault dealer

  • Captur's seat covers fit snugly, can be changed and replaced in minutes, and are easy to clean

    Captur's seat covers fit snugly, can be changed and replaced in minutes, and are easy to clean

  • Want to mute the audio in your Captur? Pull both these volume buttons (+ and -) at the same time

    Want to mute the audio in your Captur? Pull both these volume buttons (+ and -) at the same time

  • Custodian Ed Callow is going to give our Captur an eco test

    Custodian Ed Callow is going to give our Captur an eco test

  • Captur's sliding rear bench and high roof meant Vicky easily transported a few big shrubs

    Captur's sliding rear bench and high roof meant Vicky easily transported a few big shrubs

  • While most of the buttons are placed in sensible places, the SD card isn't - it gets knocked out

    While most of the buttons are placed in sensible places, the SD card isn't - it gets knocked out

  • Captur is pretty comfortable over long distances, but the driver's seat doesn't have enough lumbar support

    Captur is pretty comfortable over long distances, but the driver's seat doesn't have enough lumbar support

  • Nav volume in the radio menu? Touch-screen is clear and easy to use, but interface foibles are frustrating Ed

    Nav volume in the radio menu? Touch-screen is clear and easy to use, but interface foibles are frustrating Ed

  • The weather where you are now, and where you're going. Not a complex app, but a useful one

    The weather where you are now, and where you're going. Not a complex app, but a useful one

  • Not just the preserve of hot Renaults: you can add R-Sound Effect to the Captur. But we can't see the point

    Not just the preserve of hot Renaults: you can add R-Sound Effect to the Captur. But we can't see the point

  • Live traffic display means it's easy to tell at a glance whether you're likely to be delayed on your way to work

    Live traffic display means it's easy to tell at a glance whether you're likely to be delayed on your way to work

  • Eco mode alters the engine management system, but it doesn't seem to have a major real-world impact

    Eco mode alters the engine management system, but it doesn't seem to have a major real-world impact

  • Clever boot shelf can be fixed diagonally, giving a triangular space at the top that 'wedges' your shopping in securely while on the move

    Clever boot shelf can be fixed diagonally, giving a triangular space at the top that 'wedges' your shopping in securely while on the move

  • Will too much personalisation prove to be a bad choice come resale time?

    Will too much personalisation prove to be a bad choice come resale time?

  • The Captur's touch-screen never fully powers down. It 'glows' in the dark

    The Captur's touch-screen never fully powers down. It 'glows' in the dark

  • 'This is how much farther you can go back, Mum!'

    'This is how much farther you can go back, Mum!'

  • Sliding the rear bench all the way forward gives 455 litres - nearly as much as a BMW 3 Series

    Sliding the rear bench all the way forward gives 455 litres - nearly as much as a BMW 3 Series

  • Climate control is a doddle to use, and warms or chills effectively

    Climate control is a doddle to use, and warms or chills effectively

  • Kid's bike fits in, but you need to fold the seat down

    Kid's bike fits in, but you need to fold the seat down

  • The 'eco coach' doesn't seem to work properly some of the time

    The 'eco coach' doesn't seem to work properly some of the time

  • Renault Captur started turning heads as soon as it arrived on the fleet

    Renault Captur started turning heads as soon as it arrived on the fleet

  • Glare from the touch-screen can be a problem in low sun

    Glare from the touch-screen can be a problem in low sun

  • Captur proved a decent holiday companion in Cornwall

    Captur proved a decent holiday companion in Cornwall

  • The Renault Captur brightened up the neighbourhood

    The Renault Captur brightened up the neighbourhood

  • Sat-nav problem was fixed by some judicious restarting procedures

    Sat-nav problem was fixed by some judicious restarting procedures

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Renault Captur 1.5 dCi Dynamique Medianav

Read the full Renault Captur review

Week ending April 25
Mileage 10,810 11,203
Driven this week 393 miles

One of the reasons we like to run long termers over the course of a year is that we’ll usually hit their first service interval at the end of the car’s time with us.

So it is with the Captur. On starting up the car this week, I was presented with a large, clear message stating that a service was due in 30 days. What I especially liked about this message was that there was no loud bonging or beeping to accompany the readout - just a silent, helpful reminder. I like that.

Right then - I best get on with booking in the service. I expect this can all be done online now, so it’s time to explore how easy that is, and what sort of service we’ll get from our local Renault dealers.

We’ll let you know how we get on over the coming weeks.

By Ed Callow
Ed.Callow@whatcar.com

 

Read the full Renault Captur review

Week ending April 18
Mileage 10,810
Driven this week 527 miles

This week, I put the Captur’s seats in the washing machine. OK, not the whole seats, just the seat covers. But still, how many other new cars can you say that about?

If you read the welcome article on our Renault, you’ll know that the trim level we chose (Dynamique Medianav) comes with removable and washable seat covers. Entry-level Expression and Expression+ cars do without, and unfortunately you can’t add it as an option.

Nevertheless, as long as you choose either of the top two trims, you’ll get the removable covers as standard. What’s more, you can order an extra set of covers to change the look of your cabin, too.

We asked Renault to send us another set of covers - this time, in the charcoal and orange combination. These could not only replace the first set while they were drying, but they’d also give us a chance to check the fit and finish on more than one set.

Removing the seat covers isn’t tricky, but it’s worth reading the instructions first. Once we knew what we were doing, we had the whole lot off in about five minutes. The covers also take up very little space, so they’ll easily fit in any household washing machine.

If you’re not the sort to read instructions, at least read this: do not tumble dry the covers. You also need to make sure you’ve switched your washing machine onto its low spin speed. We suspect that failure to follow either of these notes might result in covers that don’t fit quite so well any more. So don’t risk it.

No such problems in the What Car? wash test - the covers came out spun dry, and letting them air for a few hours was enough to get them ready to be put back on the seats. What we can’t understand - given how straightforward the whole task was - is why no other manufacturer has offered, or currently offers, the same feature on their new cars.

I suspect many parents have quietly cursed at fixed seat covers that are caked in chocolate, crayon, grass stains or fruit juice. Our covers fit snugly, can be changed and replaced in minutes, and are easy to clean. Well done, Renault.

By Ed Callow
Ed.Callow@haymarket.com

 

Read the full Renault Captur review

Week ending April 11
Mileage 10,283
Driven this week 140 miles

As I’ve mentioned in previous updates, I’m partial to a bit of Radio 2 in the morning on the way to work. I’m not a channel hopper, though, so once the radio’s on, it tends to stay on. However, some people I know are rather indecisive about this sort of thing, so they’re constantly turning it on and off.

With that on my mind, one thing that’s puzzled me up until this week was the lack of a mute button on the dashboard or steering wheel. There must be plenty of people, I thought, who want to silence the audio on the move, so surely they aren’t supposed to manually dial the volume to zero?

Indeed they are not. I was reaching for the ‘volume up’ paddle on the column-mounted audio controls this week, when I pulled on both paddles by mistake. As it happens, flicking up both of these at the same time works as the mute function. So, if you’re still hunting for a mute button in your Captur, give that a go.

Of course, I would have learnt this sooner if I’d just read the owner’s manual cover to cover, but discovering it by accident is much more fun.

By Ed Callow
Ed.Callow@whatcar.com

Our cars: Renault Captur 1.5 dCi - March

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