Our cars: Renault Captur 1.5 dCi - November

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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

Week ending November 29
Mileage 6424
Driven this week 0 miles


Renault Captur review

The Captur is still with Renault as the workshop is waiting on a few parts to complete the work. We'll be updating this page as soon as it's back, with a detailed recap on what this mini SUV is like to live with.

By Ed Callow

Week ending November 22
Mileage 6424
Driven this week 74 miles


Renault Captur review

As of my plans about a month ago, this week I should have been telling you that I’ve had the Captur fitted with winter tyres, and that I was glad I had since the cold weather has really kicked in.

Well, due to various clashes with events, the tyre fitting got postponed a couple of weeks. In hindsight, this may not have been the wisest decision.

Driving to work in zero-degree conditions last week, not far from home, the Captur - still on its standard tyres - hit a patch of black ice along a lane covered with wet leaves. To cut a long story short, a very sharp bump up a blunt kerb meant a badly scarred alloy wheel, but far worse - the impact had forced the drive shaft out on the passenger side.

Needless to say, the car is currently back with Renault to be inspected and repaired, so I’m hoping it will be back on the road soon.

To go back to the start of this update - do I think winter tyres would have prevented the accident? I can’t be certain of course, but I do know that at that temperature, the winter tyres would have remained far softer than the standard premium set, so should have maintained more grip on the road.

When the Captur comes back it will have had the winter tyres fitted as planned, which should make my morning commutes in the icy weather feel that bit more secure.

Ed Callow - Ed.Callow@whatcar.com

Week ending November 15
Mileage 6350
Driven this week 378 miles


Renault Captur review

As it’s now pretty dark when I’m leaving the office, I’ve been driving the Captur in nighttime conditions quite a bit more recently.

While the brightness and projection of the headlights certainly isn’t an issue in the dark, the light inside the cabin isn’t always ideal.

The Captur has a large, bright colour touch-screen infotainment system, which is easy to use and is packed with features. It also has an on/off button, but you can’t actually turn the screen fully off.

Even in its standby state, the seven-inch screen shows the time and temperature, but emits a noticeable glow that’s hard to block out when looking straight ahead.

While many cars these days have big colour screens in the middle of the dashboard, I’ve driven several recently that have a ‘dark’ or ‘night’ button that completely powers down the display, so you can focus purely on the road ahead and the instrument dials through the wheel. I can’t help thinking this would be a useful addition for any future Captur face-lift.

By Ed Callow - Ed.Callow@whatcar.com

Week ending November 8
Mileage 5972
Driven this week 146 miles


Renault Captur review

Half-term beckoned, so I borrowed Ed’s long-term Captur for the week to see how it coped as a family runaround.

The giant boot swallowed various things; a guitar, swimming gear and shopping, so I reckon a holiday load of luggage would be easy for the Captur, too.

Neither of my boys had any trouble climbing in and out of the back, and even putting their own seatbelts on was a breeze. They liked cramming all their bits into the elasticated airline pockets, and had no problems seeing out of the windows, either - although the same couldn’t be said for me.

The front pillars blocked my view when turning out of side roads and in fact the all-round view wasn't any better for me - that meant that parking the Captur proved pretty tricky.

Just when I thought I’d reversed into a tight space, I’d check to find a three-foot gap glaring back at me, much to the amusement of my kids.

By Michele Hall - Michele.hall@whatcar.com


Week ending November 1
Mileage 5826
Driven this week 100 miles


Renault Captur review

The expandable boot in the Renault Captur is one of many reasons why this car beats the Peugeot 2008. The Captur has a 17-litre advantage in any case, but slide the rear seat bench forward and that margin extends to a whopping 95 litres.

That means you get 455 litres without folding the rear seats down – and that’s nearly as much you’ll find a BMW 3 Series, let alone another supermini-sized car.

By Ed Callow - Ed.Callow@whatcar.com

Our cars: Renault Captur 1.5 dCi - October

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