What's the used Renault Captur hatchback like?
In essence, the Renault Captur is no bigger than a Clio, but has a raised ride height and wears more fashionable attire. It has proved very popular since its launch in 2013, too – it was Europe’s best-selling small SUV in 2016 – and as the first-generation model had a good, long life, surviving up until the launch of the latest version in 2019, there are plenty of used examples around.
The engine range starts with a nippy-feeling 89bhp 0.9 that's ideal for use around town and is more refined than the diesels. It does feel a bit out of its depth when the car is loaded up, however, and it only comes with a manual gearbox.
When fitted with the automatic 'box, the 118bhp 1.2-litre engine car is a bit hesitant, but the manual version is much smoother and offers better performance than the 0.9. In the last year of production, the 1.2 was replaced with a slightly more potent 1.3-litre petrol with either 128 or 148bhp. The 89bhp 1.5 dCi diesel feels lively enough around in urban environments, but a little underpowered on faster roads. The 109bhp 1.5 dCi is a more powerful version of the same engine with more torque for better low-end shove.
There are five well-equipped trim levels to choose from - Expression+, Dynamique Nav, Dynamique S Nav, Signature X Nav and Signature S Nav. Entry-level Expression+ trim comes with air-con, 16in alloy wheels, automatic lights and wipers, a DAB radio and Bluetooth. Dynamique Nav comes with the 7in colour touchscreen infotainment and sat-nav system. Dynamique S Nav adds bigger 17in alloys. Signature X Nav adds a BOSE sound system, while top-spec Signature S Nav comes with heated part-Nappa leather seats and a reverse parking camera.
On the road, the Captur isn’t blessed with a particularly good ride quality; it tends to feel crashy, and patters to a surprising degree over all surfaces. Like the Clio, the Captur only comes with front-wheel drive – those after a cheap 4x4 mud-plugger should look elsewhere.
Inside, the modern-looking dash has some usefully deep cubby holes in the centre console that are useful for oddments storage. Even the lankiest of drivers will have enough head room up front, although a Vauxhall Crossland X still has more leg room.
Practicality is key in this class and, with the sliding rear seat set right, you get a reasonable 377-litre boot, extending to a healthy 455 litres with the bench slid fully forward. This also means you can improve upon rear seat accommodation, and you may need to because the Captur it isn't the most accomodating in the back with the seat slide forward.
The Captur was treated to a mild facelift in 2017, with new bumpers and chrome trim, restyled lights front and rear and a revised dashboard inside with some soft-touch plastics. Certainly, it isn't going to whet the appetite of a keen driver. Think of it instead as a solid and dependable and immensely practical used buy.
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