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Week ending June 26
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
Week ending June 19
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.
Week ending June 6
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