Small SUVs, or crossovers, are hot property lately, with new entries into the market popping up quite often. The Captur is Renault’s dip into small SUV waters, sitting below the mid-sized Kadjar and upcoming large SUV, the Koleos.
Competitors include the ever-popular Nissan Juke, the Ford Ecosport, Vauxhall Mokka and Ssangyong Tivoli, although many of these received less than encouraging reviews at the hands of our testers. The Captur, however, is one of the more highly-rated small SUVs.
This is why you should read the following five reasons and then maybe to nip over to your local Renault dealer and take a closer look.
5 Reasons to buy a Renault Captur
5. Sprightly handling
A raised driving position doesn’t necessarily mean dull, wishy-washy handling. The Captur is based on the Clio, so it shares its sharp handling and agility through corners. You get that desirable raised ride height too, so outward visibility is decent.
Pick Dynamique Nav trim and you get an upgraded sound system and a 7.0in colour infotainment touchscreen with integrated UK sat-nav, which is user-friendly and intuitively programmed, providing you don’t stray too deeply into the advanced settings.
3. Storage space
Tall drivers won’t have a problem with the space on offer in the front of the Captur, and few could criticise the storage, with the exception of the small glovebox. For a small car though, there’s a lot of room.
2. Interior flexibility
Although the back seats aren't the best for leg room (even with the seats pushed all the way back), the sliding rear bench makes the boot space flexible, especially with the 60/40 folding rear seat backs. Slide the bench forward and you’ve got a bigger boot space than a Volkswagen Golf. Buyers with young children will appreciate the removable and washable seat covers that come with the Dynamique Nav trim, too.
1. Running costs
In addition to being cheap to buy, the Captur is cheap to run. Rivals’ CO2 emissions are mostly higher than those of the Captur, and the lower-powered diesel Captur returned 58.3mpg at the hands of our True MPG testers. Renault’s service plans are decent value, too.
What about buying used?
There are quite a few Capturs on the used market, so there are many to choose from. Insurance quotes can be on the high side at first, so make sure you haggle or shop around for the best deal.
You’ll pay around £10,000 for a decent 2013 Captur in Dynamique MediaNav Energy trim with the frugal 1.5-litre dCi 90 engine and 20-30,000 miles on the clock.
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