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The Auto Trader expert verdict: ★★★★★ ★★★★★ 4.0

The Renault Captur is one of the most popular small SUVs on the market, and it’s easy to see why. It’s one of the most practical cars of its type, instantly making it a hit for buyers with a small family, while its exemplary comfort and impressive cabin quality also help mark it out against rivals. Thoroughly recommended.

Reasons to buy

  • As spacious as small SUVs get
  • Comfortable ride
  • Posh-feeling interior

Running costs for a Renault Captur 3/5

Whichever petrol engine you choose you’ll get official fuel economy in the mid-forties. There are small fluctuations between them, but nothing that’s going to drastically effect your buying decision. That’ll come down to how much you want to spend on your car in the first place, and how much power you want. The diesels, meanwhile, will get you almost 60mpg, but will cost you a good chunk more to buy. It’s too early for there to be any information available on insurance groupings or maintenance costs, but everything else looks to be broadly similar to the costs you face on rivals such as the Kia Stonic, Hyundai Kona and Seat Arona.

Reliability of a Renault Captur 4/5

Look at the JD Power Vehicle Dependability Survey, and you’ll find that Renault sits in the lower half of the table of manufacturers, behind the industry average, and has done for the past few years. However, read our owner reviews on the Captur as an individual model, and you’ll find that they make for much cheerier reading, with very few problems reported. If something does go wrong, you get a three-year, 60,000-mile warranty (the first two years are unlimited mileage) as standard.

Safety for a Renault Captur 4/5

All versions of the Captur have the same basic level of safety equipment, which includes lane departure warning and lane keep assist as standard. Also standard is an automatic emergency braking system that can also detect pedestrians and cyclists, and you also get traffic sign recognition that alerts you if your speed is greater than stated on the signs you’ve most recently driven past. If you go for the range-topping car, and you’re still prepared to pay extra, you can also add another optional system that combines adaptive cruise control with the lane keep assist function, effectively driving the car for you on the motorway, and in stop-start traffic, so long as you keep your hands on the wheel.

How comfortable is the Renault Captur 5/5

The Captur is one of the more comfortable cars in the small SUV class, and considering these are cars that are used to carry families, that automatically makes it one of the best. It gives you a smooth ride at all times, and even on a really battered surface, it does a good job of isolating you from jolts and jitters.

The Captur is also one of the roomiest cars in the class, with loads of space in the back seats – more than in most rivals – and a really big boot. It’s 422 litres at its minimum, which already makes it one of the biggest in the class, and if you push the sliding rear seats as far forward as they’ll go, this jumps up to 536 litres. And, you can drop the rear seats completely for even more space, and they go pretty much flat, giving you a level load area.

Quality is another strong point for the Captur’s interior. The materials look and feel impressively classy, and there’s an interesting mixture of colours and finishes to keep things interesting. Whichever version you go for, you get a touchscreen infotainment system (the size of which depends on the grade of your car), and while it could be easier to navigate your way around, it looks good, with sharp graphics.

The driving position has lots of adjustment, and while the pedals were heavily offset in the left-hand-drive cars we sampled on the international launch, we’d hope things will be better in right-hand-drive cars. The small back window and thick rear pillars mean your visibility isn’t all that great, but all versions except the entry-level car have reversing sensors.

Features of the Renault Captur 4/5

The Captur’s most basic trim level is called Play, but even that one comes with most of the stuff that most buyers will really want. Included as standard are things like automatic air-conditioning, alloy wheels, rain-sensing wipers, full LED headlamps, a leather-effect steering wheel, cruise control, four electric windows and a seven-inch touchscreen infotainment system with DAB, Bluetooth, Apple Carplay and Android Auto. Upgrading to the Iconic trim will also upgrade your infotainment system to support sat-nav, and it’ll also earn you rear parking sensors, a handsfree keycard, two-tone paintwork and roof bars, while the top-of-the-range S Edition gets a bigger touchscreen, front parking sensors, a reversing camera, faux-leather upholstery and automatic high-beam headlamps. There are aso a range on interior and exterior styling packs to choose from, and depending on the trim level you opt for, you can also add optional extras such as wireless smartphone charging and a digital instrument panel.

Power for a Renault Captur 3/5

At launch, the Captur is available with five engines, three petrols and two diesels. The diesels are both 1.5-litre units with either 95- or 115 horsepower, but we haven’t tried either of these yet. Neither have we tried the entry-level petrol engine yet, a 1.0-litre three-cylinder turbo with 100 horsepower. We have, however, had a shot in both the other petrols, both 1.3-litre turbos with either 130- or 155 horsepower.

The 130 will be fine for most people, provided they’re not in too much of a hurry. It’s nice and eager at the bottom of the rev range, so it doesn’t take much effort to get the Captur rolling along, but working the engine harder through the middle- and upper sections of the rev range doesn’t actually result in that much more velocity, so you’re best off adopting a relaxed driving style and letting the impressive low-down pull do all the work. The six-speed manual gearbox you get as standard isn’t the smoothest you’ll ever use, but it’ll be fine for most people, and if you’re not one of those, you can specify the engine with a seven-speed twin-clutch automatic gearbox instead.

The 155 comes with as the auto’ standard, and while it’s not the fastest-acting gearbox of its type, it swaps gears smoothly and cleanly so it’s fine for slushing around in. The 155 engine doesn’t ultimately feel a whole lot brawnier than the 130, so you might struggle to justify the extra it costs you to buy, but it’s good to know that both engines are smooth and quiet, which helps keep life relaxed.