Renault Captur review

Category: Small SUV

Section: Costs & verdict

Available fuel types:diesel, petrol
Star rating
Renault Captur 2020 RHD infotainment
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  • Renault Captur 2020 RHD dashboard
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  • Renault Captur 2020 RHD infotainment
  • 2020 Renault Captur front cornering - orange
  • Renault Captur 2020 RHD front right studio static
  • Renault Captur 2020 RHD left studio static
  • Renault Captur 2020 RHD right rear studio static
  • Renault Captur 2020 RHD front seats
  • Renault Captur 2020 RHD boot open
  • Renault Captur 2020 RHD wide front left tracking
  • Renault Captur 2020 RHD wide right panning
  • Renault Captur 2020 RHD wide right rear tracking
  • Renault Captur 2020 RHD right rear tracking
  • Renault Captur 2020 RHD dashboard
  • Renault Captur 2020 RHD rear seats
  • Renault Captur 2020 RHD infotainment
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Costs & verdict

Everyday costs, plus how reliable and safe it is

Costs, insurance groups, MPG and CO2

The Renault Captur is one of the cheaper mainstream small SUVs, undercutting the Ford Puma, Volkswagen T-Cross and Volkswagen T-Roc. However, with the Target Price discounts on our New Car Buying pages, you’ll find that the Skoda Kamiq is even cheaper.

Renault’s PCP deals are often reliant on hefty manufacturer incentives to make them competitive, that’s because the Captur isn't predicted to hold onto its value as well as some rivals. Insurance costs aren’t too hefty, but the TCe 100 managed just 39mpg in our economy tests, some way behind the more powerful Puma 125 and even the top-spec Puma 155.

Equipment, options and extras

No Captur is sparsely equipped; every version has electric front and rear windows, climate and cruise control, automatic wipers and 17in alloy wheels. Mid-spec Iconic trim is worth considering for its rear parking sensors, keyless entry and start, tinted rear windows and funky two-tone paint.

At the top of the range is S Edition trim, which adds front parking sensors, a rear-view camera and automatic lights. Even so, we’d be tempted to stick to Iconic trim and maybe add a colourful interior pack to jazz things up a little. However, you can’t add as many options as you can with a Kamiq, so you may find yourself having to pick a higher trim level than you intended.

Renault Captur 2020 RHD infotainment

Reliability

Although this generation of Captur is too new to have appeared in the 2019 What Car? Reliability Survey, the previous Captur finished 14th out of the 18 small SUVs surveyed. That placed it ahead of the Volkswagen T-Roc and Honda HR-V but well behind the Suzuki Vitara, Peugeot 2008 and Ford Ecosport. 

Renault as a manufacturer performed even worse, coming 30th out of 31 brands, with only Land Rover proving less dependable.

Every new Renault carries a five-year warranty. There’s no mileage limit for the first two years, but a 100,000 limit applies thereafter. Renault also provides three years (or 60,000 miles) of roadside assistance cover. 

This beats the three-year warranties of most rivals and equals Toyota’s five-year/100,000 mile warranty, but isn’t quite as generous as Hyundai’s five-year/unlimited mileage policy or Kia’s seven-year/100,000 mile package.

Safety and security

All Capturs get automatic emergency braking (AEB), lane departure warning, lane-keeping assistance, traffic sign recognition and an emergency call function. Should you want even more, you’ll need an automatic S Edition model, to which you can add blindspot monitoring, a bird's eye camera system, adaptive cruise control and lane centring as optional extras.

When combined and depending on road conditions, these allow the Captur to control your speed and steering automatically, provided you’re still holding the steering wheel. This system works pretty well, but you’ll be spending a lot of money to get it. Euro NCAP gave the Captur five stars out of five in their safety tests, awarding it a particularly high score for adult impact protection.

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2020 Renault Captur front cornering - orange
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Overview

While we can see the appeal of the Captur’s funky looks and affordable pricing, its engines are rather weak and it doesn't ride or handle particularly well. Interior quality is good on top-spec versions, but all are rather cramped in the back.

  • Keenly priced
  • Flexible boot and rear seats
  • Good safety rating
  • Engines don’t feel all that strong in normal use
  • Rivals have more rear seat space
  • Interior quality depends on spec