Our cars: Captur, Octavia and Santa Fe

* Captur’s first service is as easy to book as it is cheap * The Octavia's rattle has been cured * Santa Fe’s large boot makes it tricky to access for some...

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Ed Callow
04 May 2014

Every day, we take a look at a few of the cars that we are living with. Today, it's the turn of the Renault Captur, Skoda Octavia and Hyundai Santa Fe.

Renault Captur

Our Captur will be one of the first in the country to get an annual service, so it’s time to see just how easy this will be for UK owners - and how much it will cost.

Renault’s online service booking system is slick enough, but it didn’t quote a price. I wanted to make sure it wasn’t going to cost an arm and a leg, so I called the local dealer to find out what they’d charge.

After a few moments of waiting for a reply, the friendly service advisor told me to hold for a few minutes while he checked a different database. Minutes later, the advisor returned, but said he’d have to call me back as he couldn’t find the information he needed.

Our car arrived in the UK long before customer cars, so that seemed fair enough - but I hope the prices are readily available once the Captur owners start calling up to enquire.

The following morning, a call back confirmed a price of £95.74. I’d been expecting a figure of around £150, so that was a pleasant surprise. Mind you, the first service doesn’t include an oil and filter change.

The other quote I’ve received this week is for a full set of seat covers. Following on from our update about washing them, I wanted to check what Renault will charge you for a complete replacement pack. The answer is £265.

In my opinion, that’s great value. If you use your car most days and pile on the miles, I imagine the fabric will start to look worn after three years. Replacing the covers with a new set is an easy way to freshen up the cabin.

By Ed Callow

Read all of our updates on life with our Renault Captur 1.5 dCi.

In the car park

Web test editor Barnaby Jones is delighted that the Skoda Octavia is finally rattle-free. Mind you, it’s certainly taken long enough to fix.

Staff photographer Will Williams needs the Hyundai Santa Fe’s big boot for all his kit - but it does make it tricky to access if you’re quite short.

Read more about our long-term fleet.