Our cars: Renault Captur 1.5 dCi - October

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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 Medianav

Week ending October 18
Mileage 5630
Driven this week 185 miles


Renault Captur review

Eight SUVs have recorded a True MPG test result of more than 50mpg. I'll clarify that by saying that none of these are Range Rover-sized vehicles. As you'd expect, the cars on the list are mostly compact SUV crossover models like the Nissan Juke and Skoda Yeti.

The Renault Captur is on the list, too. In fact, it's at the top. The 58.3mpg our 1.5 dCi model managed in the hands of our technicians isn't too far above the Peugeot 2008 1.5 e-HDi, but it's better to drive and more refined.

One area where the Captur isn't as good as the 2008 is the interior. The Peugeot's plush materials give it huge showroom appeal - I can imagine prospective buyers are having a great reaction to the car when they first sit in it at a dealer.

The Renault's cabin is rather disappointing in comparison. While all the buttons are laid out sensibly and the infotainment system is a doddle to use, most of the plastics you interact with on a daily basis feel hard and fairly cheap.

Still, at least there's an obvious focus for improvement if-and-when a face-lifted model comes along.

By Ed Callow


Week ending October 11
Mileage 5445
Driven this week 265 miles


Renault Captur review

Diesel engines have come on in leaps and bounds in recent years, yet the one in our Captur seems to be stuck in the past in one respect: glow plugs.

Turn the key – or press the start button – to crank a modern diesel engine and there’s little if any delay before the starter motor does its thing. In the Captur, though, you have to wait a good couple of seconds before the glow plug light goes out and the engine starts.

This only happens when the engine’s cold, but the ambient temperature this week has been around 20C. I wonder if the wait will be even longer once we’re in the grip of winter?

By Rob Keenan - Rob.Keenan@whatcar.com

Week ending October 4
Mileage 5180
Driven this week 75 miles
 

Renault Captur review

I stepped into the Captur on my way to work last week to find the temperature readout reporting 7C. This number might not mean much to you, but it's the temperature below which winter tyres outperform regular rubber.

These tyres are made of a softer compound that hardens less in low temperatures, and they’re also covered in thin slits or ‘sipes’, which grip onto the road in cold, wet weather. We won’t see an average temperature as low as 7C for at least another month, but I’ve already started to organise the tyre swap.

By Ed Callow

Our cars: Renault Captur 1.5 dCi - September

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