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The Renault Captur was launched with the kind of perfect timing that would impress a Swiss train driver. It wasn't the first small SUV, but it was early enough to ride the crest of a wave that's become a flood of high-riding compact cars.
A big part of the Captur’s success has been its combination of distinctive looks and a splash of customisation. That helped the first-generation model stand out from the crowd, and for this second-generation Captur, Renault has stuck with the same theme.
That’s no bad thing, given how competitive the small SUV category is, with the keen-handling Ford Puma, the spacious Skoda Kamiq and the comfort-oriented Volkswagen T-Roc among the rivals to consider.
Should the Renault Captur be on your shortlist, though? That’s what this review will tell you. Read on to find out how it compares with its rivals, what the best engine and trim combinations are, what the performance is like, how good the interior is, how much it will cost to run and more.
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The current Renault Captur did not feature in our 2021 What Car? Reliability Survey but Renault came a middling 16th out of 30 car makers featured in the brands table. That’s better than Ford and Nissan (makers of the rival Puma and Juke small SUVs) – they finished in joint 27th place. Read more here
There is no electric car version of the Renault Captur but regular hybrid and plug-in hybrid (PHEV) versions are offered. The hybrid combines a 1.6-litre petrol engine, an electric motor and a small battery, allowing it to run on electric power for short distances to save fuel. The PHEV has a bigger battery, which means you can use electric power alone for around 30 miles before you need to recharge. Read more here
We think the 138bhp 1.3-litre TCe 140 engine makes sense for most Renault Captur buyers because you don’t have to work it as hard as the entry-level TCe 90, making it worth the extra spend. Pairing that with Techno trim gets you most of the kit you’d want, including a height-adjustable front passenger seat, a reversing camera and roof bars, while keeping costs down. Read more here
Evolution is the entry-level trim for the Renault Captur, while Evolution is more expensive and adds some useful extra kit. That includes a height-adjustable front passenger seat, a rear-view camera and roof rails. Techo also gets bigger (18in) alloy wheels, synthetic leather interior details and has a contrasting colour for the roof and door mirrors. Read more here
The Renault Captur was awarded the maximum five-star safety rating by the independent experts at Euro NCAP when it was tested in 2019. Although the tests were performed under a less stringent regime than is currently used, the Captur performed very well in protecting adult passengers. All Capturs get automatic emergency braking (AEB), lane-keeping assistance and other safety features. Read more here
The Renault Captur’s boot size depends on which engine you choose. Non-hybrid versions have 322 litres of boot space with the sliding back seats pushed to the back of the car. That was enough for us to fit in six carry-on suitcases, which is two less than we managed in the Ford Puma. Hybrid versions of the Captur sacrifice boot space to their batteries (the plug-in hybrid model does get a handy cable storage cubby, though). Read more here
|RRP price range||£22,195 - £33,295|
|Number of trims (see all)||5|
|Number of engines (see all)||4|
|Available fuel types (which is best for you?)||hybrid, petrol|
|MPG range across all versions||217.3 - 58.9|
|Available doors options||5|
|Warranty||5 years / 100000 miles|
|Company car tax at 20% (min/max)||£1,229 / £1,597|
|Company car tax at 40% (min/max)||£2,458 / £3,193|