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Coming soon: 2019 Renault Captur

Renault's small SUV has had an overhaul for 2019, with different looks inside and out, more technology, a plug-in hybrid version to follow and improved and new driver assistance systems.

Rachael Hogg

Words by: Rachael Hogg

Published on 3 July 2019 | 0 min read

  • All-new model of popular small SUV
  • A big overhaul both inside and out
  • Plug-in hybrid version to follow in 2020
Renault has revealed its all-new 2019 Captur small SUV. The small SUV class is a very competitive one, and the Captur rivals the likes of the VW T-Cross, Seat Arona and Mazda CX-3, among many others.
The new Captur is bigger, taller, wider and longer – by 100mm – compared to the first Captur. It looks more like an SUV now than an MPV, with LED lights front and rear, the option of roof rails and a semi-glazed opening sunroof, and more colour combinations than before. Buyers can choose from 11 body colours, four roof colours, and three exterior styling packs, meaning 90 different options in total.
Inside, Renault has gone down the same route as its other new cars, with a big overhaul to the interior design. The whole cabin now looks smarter, and funkier than the last model. The new Captur is fitted with a ‘smart cockpit’, meaning a 10.0-inch digital display behind the steering wheel, a 7.0 or 9.3-inch vertical touchscreen, Renault’s new infotainment system, and Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.
Below the touchscreen is a floating centre console, freeing up storage space, or you can fit a wireless phone charger in there. Also on the options list are heated seats, steering wheel and windscreen. You can buy colour packs for the outside of the car, and you can buy them for the inside, too: an orange pack, light grey and leather.
The Captur has more space for front and rear seat passengers, as overall, the car is 11cm longer. The front seats also have a hollowed out semi-rigid shell which gives 17mm more legroom for those in the back.
Boot space is 81 litres more than the previous Captur, up to 536 litres, with an additional 27 litres of storage in the cabin. The seats can be folded down together or separately, and fold flat, with no loading lip (and a secret area underneath), so you can lift items in easily.
A plug-in hybrid engine will be joining the Captur line-up in 2020, which will take three-five hours to charge and will do 30 miles in all-electric mode, but until then, there’s a choice of petrol or diesel power.
Buyers can opt for a 1.0-litre turbocharged three-cylinder petrol engine with 100 horsepower, or Renault’s 1.3-litre petrol engine with 130 horsepower, or 155 horsepower. The 130-horsepower engine comes with a six-speed manual gearbox as standard, but is available with a seven-speed automatic gearbox, and the 155-horsepower comes exclusively with the auto. On the diesel side, buyers can go for a 1.5-litre unit with 95 or 115 horsepower, with the option of a six-speed manual or seven-speed automatic gearbox.
Renault has added some safety kit and driver assistance systems to the new Captur too. It will include the option of a 360-degree camera, and active emergency braking with cyclist and pedestrian detection, which are both firsts for a Renault.
There’s also a highway and traffic jam companion which is Renault’s version of active cruise control combined with lane keep assist, but a driver has to keep their hands on the wheel at all times. On top of that, buyers can opt for traffic sign recognition with speed alert, cruise control, and active emergency braking. And if you struggle with parking, the Captur has front, side and rear parking sensors, and a handsfree parking system. The all-new Renault Captur goes on sale later in 2019. There’s no official word on price yet, but we’ll let you know when we hear anything.