Renault Captur review

Category: Small SUV

Section: Costs & verdict

Available fuel types:hybrid, diesel, petrol
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RRP £18,295What Car? Target Price from£17,122

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 cheaper mainstream small SUVs, undercutting the Ford Puma, Volkswagen T-Cross and Volkswagen T-Roc. However, to get a version that we'd actually recommend (our favourite is the TCe 130 Icon) it isn't especially cheap. The Skoda Kamiq is your best bet if you're looking to keep costs down, but why not head to our New Car Buying pages to find out the best deals on any small SUV. 

Renault’s PCP deals often get a hefty manufacturer incentive to make them more competitive. The Captur's resale values are pretty strong, but not quite as robust as the Ford Puma's, Skoda Kamiq's or Volkswagen T-Roc's. Insurance costs aren’t too hefty, but the TCe 100 managed an average economy of just 39mpg in our tests, which falls some way short of the far more powerful Puma Ecoboost 155 MHEV. CO2 emissions are higher than average, too – something to bear in mind if you're a company car driver looking to lower you're tax bill. 

Equipment, options and extras

This is an area where the Captur does well. You won't feel short-changed with the entry-level Play trim, which comes with cruise control, automatic lights and wipers, power-folding door mirrors, keyless entry and go and climate control. 

However, we'd suggest jumping up a rung if you can. Iconic trim adds a few nice bits on top, including 17in alloy wheels (Play has wheel trims), roof bars, privacy glass, a contrasting roof colour and the upgrades we mentioned earlier, such as sat-nav and rear parking sensors. 

We wouldn't go for SE Edition, because it's too much money. If you're going to splash out then buy a top-spec Ford Puma instead, which is a much better all-round package.

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Reliability

This generation of Captur is too new to have appeared in the 2019 What Car? Reliability Survey, but Renault as a manufacturer performed pretty poorly. It came in 30th out of 31 brands, with only Land Rover proving less dependable. Meanwhile Hyundai, Kia and Skoda were all above average. 

At least 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 (eCall). To get blind spot monitoring you’ll need to upgrade to the S Edition trim.

Euro NCAP gave the Captur five stars out of five in their safety tests. We drilled down into the details of its report and the Captur stacks up very well against the Nissan Juke, Skoda Kamiq and Volkswagen T-Roc for adult and child occupancy protection. It wasn't quite as good as the Juke and Kamiq at protecting pedestrians, though. 

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Overview

While we can see the appeal of the Captur’s funky looks and affordable starting price, by the time you get an engine with enough power coupled to the right trim, it's not that cheap. And all the engines are relatively weak next to those offered in the better-handling and better-packaged Ford Puma; it doesn't ride anywhere near as well as a Volkswagen T-Roc; plus, if it's space you're after, the Skoda Kamiq is much bigger and has a nicer interior.

  • Pretty well equipped and keen starting price
  • Flexible boot and rear seats
  • Good safety rating
  • Engines are relatively weak
  • Rivals have more rear seat space
  • Higher than average fuel consumption and CO2 emissions

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