Our cars: Renault Captur 1.5 dCi - August

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Renault Captur
Renault Captur

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Week ending August 30
Mileage 4656
Driven this week 36 miles

Renault Captur review

I normally run a Fiat 500L as my long-termer, so I wanted to see how it compared with the Captur. First impressions are that I prefer my 500L. Why? Well, the Fiat's cabin definitely feels airier and more spacious, although having the full-length optional glass panoramic roof helps. Our road testers thought the Captur's cabin felt a bit cheap in places, and I agree. 

Both the Captur and Fiat have quite soft suspension, which easily soak up potholes and bumpy road surfaces around town. However, the Captur trumps the Fiat when it comes to refinement – the Renault's 1.5-litre diesel engine is far less clattery at all speeds than the Fiat's 1.6-litre diesel unit. 

What edged the Fiat for me, though, was the far slicker gearbox. Gearchanges feel very sloppy in the Captur, whereas the 500L's 'box feels precise and has the right level of notchiness for me.

I'd like to do more miles in the Captur, though, before I make up my mind for sure, as I think it'll be a much smoother and quieter car on the motorway, and offer better fuel economy, too. 

By Melanie Falconer
Melanie.Falconer@whatcar.com

Week ending August 23
Mileage 4620
Driven this week 25 miles

I've spent very little time in the Captur this week. Or I should say, I've spent very little time in 'our' Captur. 

At first glance, you might think the photo is of our long-termer, but the sharp-eyed will notice the white roof and chrome trim that our car doesn't have. This is in fact the 0.9-litre petrol version, which I've been spending some time in to compare it with our 1.5-litre diesel.

Renault's three-cylinder turbo engine feels punchier at low speeds, and thrums quite pleasantly around town. At motorway speeds it does feel strained though - the sound can become downright thrashy.

However, the ride is better in the lighter 0.9 petrol than in our diesel long-termer. The pay-off is that this petrol version does sway around more through bends, which can be unnerving at faster speeds. The diesel feels more planted on A-roads and motorways.

Given the amount of miles I'll be putting on the car, and its decent overall refinement, I'd still buy the diesel. But for people who only need an urban runabout for shorter distances, the petrol version is certainly worth a look.

By Ed Callow
Ed.Callow@whatcar.com


Week ending August 9
Mileage 4475
Driven this week 586 miles


Well, it's taken six weeks, but we've got a problem with our long-term Captur.

Another member of the team borrowed the Renault and noticed that, after one start-up, the sat-nav function had stopped working and was displaying a message reading 'No maps found!'.

The sat-nav uses an SD card loaded with the maps – extracting and reinserting the card did nothing, and in all other ways the R-Link system seems to be working fine.

We'll get in touch with Renault to find out whether there's anything else we can try this week, or whether we're going to need to take it to a dealer for some sort of reboot.

By Ed Callow
Ed.Callow@whatcar.com


Week ending August 2
Mileage 3889
Driven this week 191


I borrowed the Renault Captur and was surprised at how familiar some of the switchgear is. It seems that Dacia has raided the Renault parts bin.

My Sandero shares a number of buttons with the more expensive Captur. The button for the cruise control, the control for the electric mirrors and the audio controls behind the steering wheel are all identical. It made jumping between cars particularly easy.

By Matthew Burrow

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