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 proved very popular from its launch in 2013 to its replacement by an all-new version in 2019 – indeed it was Europe’s best-selling small SUV in 2016. Such success means there are now plenty of good, used examples on the forecourts.
The engine range started with a nippy-feeling 89bhp 0.9 that was ideal for use around town and was more refined than the diesels. It felt a bit out of its depth when the car was loaded up, though, and only came with a manual gearbox.
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 rear 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 – if you want a cheap 4x4 mud-plugger, you should look elsewhere.
Inside, the modern-looking dash has some deep cubby holes in the centre console that are useful for oddment storage. Even the lankiest of drivers will have enough head room up front, although a contemporary 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. The sliding seat also means you can increase the space available in the back – and you might need to because the Captur isn't the most accommodating in the rear with it slid forwards.
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, the Captur isn't going to whet the appetite of a keen driver. Think of it instead as a solid, dependable and immensely practical used buy.