Renault Captur 1.5 dCi 90 Dynamique MediaNav
Week ending September 27
Driven this week 140 miles
This week on whatcar.com we took a look at the fuel consumption of some of our long-term test cars.
Alongside the Government data and the True MPG test figure, we also reported on the MPG achieved by the person responsible for the car.
The official data for the Captur suggests that 76.4mpg is possible, but our technicians recorded 58.3mpg in real-world conditions.
So what sort of MPG am I achieving so far? Well, the recent average is around 50.0mpg, which is about as low as I’ve ever seen it drop. The Captur is far from being a quick car, but the lack of grunt helps to keep that economy figure satisfyingly high - especially for someone with a 100-mile round-trip commute.
What’s more, when using eco driving techniques and focusing on anticipating events ahead, I can easily get the Captur’s trip computer to read 60mpg or more.
Week ending September 20
Driven this week 78 miles
I had my first taste of the Renault Captur last weekend, and put it to a test a lot of you will be familiar with - squeezing a child’s bike into the back.
The results were mixed. Even though my seven-year old son’s bicycle is a small one, the Captur wasn’t that brilliant at transporting it. I had to put the 60:40 split fold seat down and leave him sitting on the 40 portion left up. Of course, it was all fine in the end, but if it was an adult’s bike I was trying to squeeze in - or I had more than one child to cart around - it would have been a lot trickier, or probably impossible.
That said, I enjoy driving the upright Renault. It’s refined and especially easy to pilot around town. I think it looks a million dollars, too - even better than the already handsome Clio on which it's based.
Week ending September 6
Driven this week 94 miles
Renault Captur review
I mentioned a few electric niggles a couple of weeks ago, and I’ve now spotted an issue with the Captur’s eco driving display, too.
In principle, Renault’s ‘eco coaching’ system analyses your acceleration, braking and gear changes, and then gives you a score out of 100 at the end of your journey. You get advice on screen that tells you how you can improve fuel economy.
In practice, the system has a mind of its own. I’ve seen scores as low as 40 when driving gently, and scores as high as 90 when I’ve pedalled it like a hot hatch. Sometimes the car even tells me that I’ve driven hundreds of miles in absolutely no time at all and used absolutely no fuel. Bizarre.