In essence, the Renault Captur is a Clio with a smattering of SUV traits and the style factor turned up. The result is a high-riding small hatchback that benefits from the added practicality of a sliding rear bench seat, plus supermini-like running costs and a variety of colourful interior and exterior themes that include a contrasting colour roof.
The baby SUV market is still relatively small, but also includes cars like the Ford Ecosport and Vauxhall Mokka. Cars in this class need to be affordable, reliable and offer the kind of practicality you'd usually associate with a much larger car. Despite their off-road styling, cars like the Captur are more likely to be at home in the city, and it's best not to expect too much in the way of off-road driving dynamics.
Increasingly, buyers in this market also want to personalise their cars, and Renault offers a vast array of ways to customise your Captur, be it with different paint options or styling packs designed to make the Captur look like a rugged SUV.
With that in mind, there are plenty of Captur models to choose from, and a variety of petrol and diesel engines. Most claim to be fairly economical, too.
If you find yourself wanting the high seating position and extra practicality which SUV buyers look for, but aren't yet ready for a much larger car, then the Captur is well worth looking at. Should it be at the top of your shopping list, though? Read on to find out.