Our cars: Renault Captur 1.5 dCi - September

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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 90 Dynamique MediaNav

Week ending September 27
Mileage 5105
Driven this week 140 miles

Renault Captur review

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.

By Ed Callow

Week ending September 20
Mileage 4965
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.

By Chas Hallett

Week ending September 6
Mileage 4750
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.

By Ed Callow

Our cars: Renault Captur 1.5 dCi - August

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