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Renault Captur review

Costs & verdict

Manufacturer price from:£15,730
What Car? Target Price£14,838
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Costs & verdict

Everyday costs, plus how reliable and safe it is

Costs, insurance groups, MPG and CO2

Prices have yet to be confirmed for the Captur, but the range looks likely to kick off at around £17,600. A 1.0-litre example in mid-spec Iconic trim (which is expected to be the biggest seller) is expected to cost just over £19,000. That puts it roughly on a par with the Seat Arona and makes it usefully cheaper than the Volkswagen T-Cross.

The Captur’s CO2 emissions are generally competitive with rivals, while Renault’s PCP deals are often reliant on hefty incentives to make them competitive.

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.

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Reliability

Although this generation of Captur is too new to have appeared in the latest 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.

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 is yet to test the Captur, so we can’t comment on how it stands up in a crash.

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Verdict

While we can see the appeal of the Captur’s funky looks and decent refinement, our experiences so far suggest that weak engines, a lumpy low speed ride and so-so rear space hamper it.

  • Quiet cruising manners
  • Flexible boot and rear seats
  • Decently equipped
  • Engines don’t feel all that strong in normal use
  • Rivals have more rear seat space
  • Interior quality depends on spec

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