Advice for buyers
What should I look for in a used Renault Captur hatchback?
Many Capturs will have been used in tight car parks and on school and work runs, so it’s worth checking the bodywork for any scuffs. Also, check the alloy wheels for any kerb damage. Check the seat material for any difficult-to-remove marks and the seats’ operation, as well as that of the boot lid.
Owners have reported non-engine electrical faults the most, notably with the sat-nav and air-con systems and their controls, although most of these have been fixed free-of-charge within the Captur’s warranty period.
What are the most common problems with a used Renault Captur hatchback?
The headlights on some examples may not light the road ahead correctly on dipped beam. The beam sensor can be adjusted by your local Renault dealer to rectify the issue.
Front wheel hubs may crack
Some Captur models made between 22 September 2017 and 25 September 2017 could suffer from cracked wheel hubs; it's possible that the driver can notice an abnormal noise while driving, as a consequence. Speak with your local Renault dealer because they'll be able to tell you if your car is affected and replace the hubs for you, if it is.
Loss of braking efficiency
The front wheel arch liners of some cars built between 1 January 2013 and 31 March 2015 could rub against the brake hoses, potentially leading to the hoses being damaged and a brake system fault warning appearing in the instrument cluster. Your dealer will be able to let you know if your car is affected and can inspect the position of the liners, and condition of your brake hoses for you, repositioning and replacing any parts where necessary.
Due to defective welding, the catalytic converters fitted to some examples made between 20 February 2018 and 14 April 2018 will need to be replaced. Speak to your dealer for further information if you think your car might be affected.
Wiring for the alternator
The electrical wiring for the alternator of some Capturs built from 8 July to 23 July 2019 could short circuit, and will need to be redirected to prevent this from happening. The alternator itself will also need to be inspected by a technician in case it needs to be replaced, so speak to a Renault dealer for further information.
Seat belt buckle
A bolt fixing one of the seat belt buckles to the car could either be loose or missing on some Capturs manufactured from 13 November to 20 December 2018. Speak to a Renault dealer to find out if yours is affected by this because a technician will need to check that the bolt is present and tightened correctly to prevent further issues.
Is a used Renault Captur hatchback reliable?
In our most recent reliability survey, the Captur finished in a rather disappointing 14th place in the table of small SUVs. Renault as a brand finished in 30th place out of 31 manufacturers, a lower result than the firm has posted in recent surveys.
If you would like to see the full reliability list, head to the What Car? reliability survey pages for more information.
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