Renault Captur review

Category: Small SUV

Section: Costs & verdict

Renault Captur 2021 interior infotainment
  • Renault Captur 2021 front right tracking
  • Renault Captur 2021 rear cornering
  • Renault Captur 2021 interior dashboard
  • Renault Captur 2021 interior rear seats
  • Renault Captur 2021 interior front seats
  • Renault Captur 2021 interior infotainment
  • Renault Captur 2021 front cornering
  • Renault Captur 2021 right tracking
  • Renault Captur 2021 front right static
  • Renault Captur E-Tech PHEV 2021 charging socket
  • Renault Captur 2021 interior front seats
  • Renault Captur 2021 boot open
  • Renault Captur 2021 front right tracking
  • Renault Captur 2021 rear cornering
  • Renault Captur 2021 interior dashboard
  • Renault Captur 2021 interior rear seats
  • Renault Captur 2021 interior front seats
  • Renault Captur 2021 interior infotainment
  • Renault Captur 2021 front cornering
  • Renault Captur 2021 right tracking
  • Renault Captur 2021 front right static
  • Renault Captur E-Tech PHEV 2021 charging socket
  • Renault Captur 2021 interior front seats
  • Renault Captur 2021 boot open
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In this section:
  • Costs, insurance groups, MPG and CO2
  • Equipment, options and extras
  • Reliability
  • Safety and security

Costs & verdict

Everyday costs, plus how reliable and safe it is

Costs, insurance groups, MPG and CO2

The Renault Captur's starting price makes it one of the cheapest mainstream small SUVs, undercutting the Ford Puma and Volkswagen T-Roc. Getting a version that we actually recommend (our favourite is the TCe 140 Icon) pushes the price up quite a bit, though. We reckon the Skoda Kamiq is your best bet if you're looking to keep costs down. You can make sure you're getting the best price by using our free What Car? New Car Deals pages.

Renault’s PCP finance deals often come with a hefty manufacturer incentive to make them more competitive. That's a good thing, because the Captur's resale values aren't as robust as the Puma's, Kamiq's or T-Roc's. Insurance costs are not too hefty, but CO2 emissions of the petrols aren't anything to write home about. 

Even so, we’d suggest jumping up to our favourite Iconic trim because the price difference isn’t very big and you get extra niceties, including automatic air-conditioning, automatic windscreen wipers and automatic high-beam headlights.

We wouldn't go for S or R.S. Line Edition because these range-topping trims are too pricey. If you're going to splash that sort of cash, you'd be far better off with a Puma or T-Roc.

Renault Captur 2021 interior infotainment

Reliability

The second-generation Captur is too new to appear in the 2021 What Car? Reliability Survey, but Renault as a manufacturer performed averagely well – it came 16th (out of 30 brands) in the overall league table. For comparison, Skoda finished in 12th place and Ford joint 27th.

Overview

We can see the appeal of the Renault Captur’s funky looks and affordable starting price, but by the time you get an engine with enough power coupled to the right trim, it doesn't look quite such a bargain. All the engines are relatively weak compared with those in the better-handling and better-packaged Ford Puma. The Captur isn't as comfortable or practical as a Skoda Kamiq, either.

  • Keen starting price
  • Sliding rear seats standard
  • Good safety rating
  • Engines are relatively weak
  • Rivals have more rear seat space
  • E-Tech PHEV is disappointing to drive