Our cars: Renault Captur 1.5 dCi - March

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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

  • 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 March 28
Mileage 10,143
Driven this week 98 miles

In our 2014 Car of the Year Awards, we gave the Small SUV category’s budget price gong to the Renault Captur 0.9 TCe. Since this sort of car is likely to cover most of its miles around town, this was undoubtedly the right choice - the three-cylinder petrol is happiest when pottering in urban traffic, where it never needs to be worked hard.

Nevertheless, since I live 50 miles from the office, I’m mighty glad that we chose a diesel version as our long-termer. Sure, the 1.5 dCi can feel a bit sluggish at low revs, but I’m more than happy to live with this given its impressive fuel economy.

How impressive, you ask? Well, during the whole of February, I set the Captur’s Eco mode button to ‘off’. I wanted to see what the Renault would manage with no efficiency aids. The average fuel economy for these four weeks was around 48mpg.

Now we’re well into March, during which - you guessed it - I’ve set the Eco mode button to ‘on’. Many new cars claim to have similar fuel-saving modes, but I’ve found that the Captur’s brings a genuinely significant improvement.

Average economy over the last couple of weeks has shot up to around 55mpg - a gain of about 7mpg, or 15%. One thing to bear in mind is that you don’t get everywhere quite as fast - Eco really reins in acceleration, to the point where you’ll sometimes need to use the kick-down throttle feature to pick up speed when joining a motorway, for example.

However, while the car feels a bit down on power, at the moment the benefit far outweighs the niggles. The Eco mode economy I’ve managed so far is only a few MPG behind the figure achieved by our True MPG test team - and I'm sure I can improve.

By Ed Callow
Ed.Callow@whatcar.com

Week ending March 21
Mileage 10,045
Driven this week 105 miles

I had reason to be grateful for the Captur’s high roof and sliding rear seats over the weekend, when I needed to transport a load of big shrubs from the garden centre. It’s a really neat trick that you can lean in and slide the back bench forward easily from the boot, and in this instance it was much better than just folding the seats, as the bench gave the plants support so they didn’t fall over in transport.

There really isn’t any rear legroom at all with the bench in its most forward position, but as long as you don’t need to carry the contents of your garden borders as well as some rear passengers, you’re laughing.

By Vicky Parrott
Vicky.Parrott@whatcar.com

Week ending March 14
Mileage 9940
Driven this week 40 miles

I hadn't been in the Captur for a while, but got the opportunity to drive it again this week as it was being used in a feature - look out for that in the May issue of What Car?. After seven months of seeing it on a regular basis, I still think it looks good. It's definitely one of the more stylish small SUVs on the market.

My few days behind the wheel have been pretty uneventful, although there has been one source of irritation: the keyless entry system. The idea itself is great, leave the key in your pocket or bag and push a button on the door handle to unlock or lock the doors. However in practice I've found the Captur's system to be a bit temperamental.

There have been a number of times when I've pushed the button on the door handle to unlock the doors and nothing has happened, which now means I have resorted to using the buttons on the keycard as they work each and every time. Needing to have the keycard in my hand to ensure access to the car somehow defeats the point of a keyless entry system.

That niggle aside, pottering around town in the Captur has been a pleasant experience, and the bright orange livery of our long-termer has attracted a lot of attention.

Matthew Burrow

Our cars: Renault Captur 1.5 dCi - February

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