All-New Renault Captur - French panache inside and out
The all-new Renault Captur is a stunning little SUV which oozes French charm and panache both inside and out. Renault has maintained the bulk of the Captur's exterior design styling, with just a few minor tweaks and modifications. However, as you climb into the cabin, you will quickly note that Renault has spent a lot of time and effort in modernising, stylising and improving the quality of the interior fixtures and fittings.
The first generation Renault Captur was released in 2013, and quickly became a highly sought after small crossover SUV, especially in Europe. In 2019, Renault decided it was time to shake things up a bit and give the Captur a makeover, resulting in the all-new second-generation model. The new Captur is better looking than before and offers more equipment and personalisation options than previously.
The thorough makeover arrived at just the right time for the Captur as the market for small SUV's is getting stronger each year. There are a variety of rivals to compete against, some of which have gone through their own upgrades, such as the Volkswagen T-Roc, Nissan Juke and the return of the Ford Puma. Renault needs to be on top of their game to be able to compete with these, and at first glance, they have ticked that box.
There are four different trim levels to select from; Play, Iconic, S Edition and BOSE Launch Edition and a decent line up of engine and transmission options. There is also a hybrid model planned for release sometime during spring or early summer, which could prove to be the best selling model by the end of the year.
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Engines, Power and Performance
There are four petrol engine variations and three diesel to choose from all of which perform admirably, with the diesels perhaps best saved for those who are likely to cover a lot of miles due to their excellent fuel economy.
The entry-level petrol engine is the TCe 100, a 1-litre, three-cylinder unit with 100hp and 160Nm of torque. It will get from 0-62mph in 13.3secs and is the only engine mated to a five-speed manual transmission.
The next petrol engine is a 1.3-litre four-cylinder with varying power outputs. Firstly there is the TCe 130 which has 130hp and 240Nm of torque. The TCe 130 can be paired with either a six-speed manual transmission or seven-speed DCT automatic. The manual will hit 0-62mph in 10.6secs while the automatic covers this same feat in 9.6secs.
Finally, we come to the TCe 155, the most powerful petrol offering with 155hp and 270Nm of torque. It is mated to a seven-speed DCT automatic transmission as standard and will sprint from 0-62mph in 8.6secs.
The diesel options are relatively straightforward as there is just one engine with two power outputs. It is a 1.5-litre four-cylinder unit and would be best suited to company car drivers. The entry-level diesel is the DCi 95 which has 95hp and 240Nm of torque, capable of hitting 0-62mph in a sluggish 14.4secs and is paired to a six-speed manual transmission.
The final diesel offering is the DCi 115. It has 115hp and 260Nm of torque and can be mated to a six-speed manual or seven-speed DCT automatic transmission. Opt for the manual and the Captur will get from 0-62mph in 11.9secs, while the automatic will take 11secs.
The Captur drives and handles surprisingly well for a compact car with extra height, and is a definite improvement over the outgoing model. The Captur is only available with front-wheel-drive, there is no option to have an all-wheel-drive (AWD) system, so don't think you will be able to tackle any terrain as you may have expected with an SUV.
Interior Quality and Technology
The interior of the Renault Captur is where you will find the most significant transformation over the outgoing model. There are more soft-touch plastic and high-quality materials used which enhance the cockpit and dashboard, giving it a more premium look and feel.
Some of the standard features include a 7-inch colour touchscreen mounted in landscape orientation and supports the infotainment system. Every Captur model comes with smartphone mirroring with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto along with adjustable front seats, automatic dual-zone climate control and full LED headlights.
Move up to Iconic trim and above and you will get sat-nav and rear parking sensors as standard. In contrast, S-Edition trim benefits from a larger 9.3-inch colour touchscreen, front and rear parking sensor along with a reversing camera and a new digital instrument driver display in place of the standard analogue dials.
There are several optional extras available such as the Traffic and Motorway Pack which features a 360degree monitor and adaptive cruise control, interior colour packs and upgraded BOSE audio system.
Space, Practicality and Safety
The Renault Captur has always been spacious inside, and the new model is no different with even more space on offer thanks to some clever design tweaks. In the front, you will find plenty of legroom to accommodate even those north of 6ft tall. Headroom is good, although not up to some of its rivals, due to the front seat height.
In the rear, space is suitable for a small crossover SUV with added legroom on offer over the previous model. However, due to the sloping roofline, those over 6ft could find the tops of their heads brushing against it. The rear bench maintains its ability to be slid backwards and forwards which can create more boot space if and when needed.
There are various storage cubbies including a decent glovebox, generous door pockets, a couple of cupholders and a small tray in front of the gear stick ideal for putting your mobile phone in. The boot can be set to various sizes thanks to the sliding rear bench mentioned earlier and a multi-depth boot floor. When you slide the rear seats forward and set the boot floor to its lowest setting, there is a maximum capacity of 455-litres available which can rise to a capacity of 1334-litres with the rear seats folded down.
The Renault Captur comes with one of the best lists of safety assists and features as standard, of all the small crossover SUVs in today's market. It comes as no surprise the Captur scored an impressive 5-star safety rating when the Euro NCAP team tested it. Some of the standard features included across all models include; Emergency Brake Assist, multiple airbags, Traffic Sign Recognition, Lane Departure Warning and Distance Warning Alert.
The small crossover SUV market is one of the most hotly fought at the moment, with more and more buyers wanting that mix of small hatchback fun with increased ride height. The Renault Captur is a stunning looking car and features a new plush interior with a raft of equipment and technology as standard. If you're thinking of buying a crossover SUV with curb appeal and coolness, then the Renault Captur could be the car for you.