Our cars: Renault Captur 1.5 dCi - June

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  • 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

  • Captur's manual gearbox is a disappointment - and it's not the first time we've taken issue with the gear shift in a Renault

    Captur's manual gearbox is a disappointment - and it's not the first time we've taken issue with the gear shift in a Renault

  • 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 Media Nav

Read the full Renault Captur review

Week ending June 26
Mileage 13,653
Miles driven this week 564 miles

This will be the last weekly update on our Renault Captur. The reason? It’s finally left our fleet, after covering more than 13,000 miles and averaging more than 50mpg.

I’m certainly sad to see it go - it proved reliable, comfortable and cost (in relative terms) peanuts to fuel and service.

It wasn’t all perfect, though. Among my most significant complaints were the dreadful rubbery feel to the gearbox shift, and the raft of glitches on the R-Link infotainment system.

In the coming weeks, we’ll bring you the full goodbye story, and let you know our definitive verdict on this stylish small SUV.

By Ed Callow
Ed.Callow@whatcar.com



Read the full Renault Captur review

Week ending June 19
Mileage 12,909
Driven this week 301 miles

It’s been months since I clambered aboard Ed’s Renault Captur, and with a couple of hundred motoring miles to vanquish over the weekend, I was looking forward to getting behind the wheel.

It still impresses. Outside, the Captur is a great-looking car, although we made a mistake getting a drab, piano-black interior, rather than one of the brighter options. The sat-nav and stereo touch-screen is big and bright, although some of the interactions are a little counter-intuitive to an older gentleman such as myself, and the remote audio controls tucked behind the steering wheel are weird. Quirks aside, it is a comfortable, cheerful place to perch, and the elevated driving position improves the forward vision.

Performance is pretty pedestrian, though, particularly if you opt for ‘eco’ mode, but our 1.5 dCi diesel sips fuel, and once it is up and running it gets along the road happily enough. Over the course of a couple of hundred miles, I was rewarded with a sketchily worked-out 55.4mpg, without particularly driving for economy.

My overriding view is that it is a very easy car to live with. It’s not perfect, but it's really not far off.

Nigel Donnelly


Week ending June 6
Mileage 12,608
Driven this week 361 miles

After last week’s R-Link problem, I haven’t yet dared to connect my iPod again. We’ll try that again next week.

In the meantime, the Captur has been doing one of the things it does best – cruising along the motorway destined for a week’s holiday hundreds of miles away.

While the low-speed ride leaves quite a lot to be desired – especially over expansion joints and large ruts – on the motorway, it’s perfectly settled.

Even better is its 1.5-litre diesel engine. With only 89bhp on tap, you might imagine it’s working hard and creating a racket at the national limit, but that couldn’t be further from the truth.

High-speed cruising has the rev-counter needle hovering above 2000rpm, but noise from the engine never intrudes. You can forgive the drone under hard acceleration, because this is one of the most refined small SUVs you can buy.

What’s more, longer journeys like this mean that average fuel economy bumps up to 55mpg or more easily. After very congested, stop-start commutes over the last fortnight, it’s great to be driving our little Renault in its sweet spot again.

By Ed Callow
Ed.Callow@whatcar.com

Our cars: Renault Captur 1.5 dCi - May

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