The arrival of the first-generation Renault Captur was timed to a level of perfection that would put a Swiss railway to shame. It may not have been the first small SUV to hit the market, but it was early enough to ride the crest of what has become a tsunami of high-riding compact cars.
A big part of the original Captur’s success can be attributed to its distinctive looks, with plenty of customisation options available, should you have wanted yours to stand out even more. With that car’s success in mind, Renault decided to take an evolutionary approach to the exterior design of the second-generation car, while still allowing buyers to add their own personal touch.
Wisely, Renault has been rather bolder with the latest car’s interior. Plusher plastics, more substantial switches and upgraded digital displays promise a substantial lift in quality that the brand alleges will trouble premium brands. A slight growth spurt over its predecessor also means there’s more space for passengers and luggage.
Under the bonnet, you’ll find a choice of three petrol engines and a couple of diesels. Power outputs range from 94bhp all the way up to 153bhp, with all but the least powerful engines offering an automatic gearbox option. The punchiest petrol is automatic only, and a plug-in hybrid is on the horizon.
All things considered, the Captur has gone through a pretty thorough reimagining – no bad thing, given how competitive the small SUV class is these days. Rivals such as the keen-handling Kia Stonic, spacious Skoda Karoq and all-round brilliant Volkswagen T-Cross may have been late to the party, but they’ve bought a round of drinks for everyone and promised to help tidy up. Of course, there’s also a brand new version of the small SUV that kick-started this class, the Nissan Juke, to consider.
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