Renault Captur

The Renault Captur is a compact SUV based on the delightful Renault Clio and shares a platform and engines with its main competitor the Nissan Juke, Renault and Nissan have been in partnership since 1999.  Unlike the Vauxhall Mokka and as with the Peugeot 2008 there is no four wheel drive Captur, but unlike its french cousin that offers Grip control the Captur concentrates on being the best looking crossover in the car park, and it is a picture, particularly with the option of contrasting roof colour. The Captur has received its mid-life pep up with the traditional new front grille and light fittings, inside there is an updated infotainment system, a posher-feeling interior with more soft-touch plastics. The 377-litre boot is easy to load because there’s no lip between the boot floor and the opening. You can drop the boot floor down to give you an impressive 455 litres of space, but this introduces a huge load lip to heave things over.

 

To Mobility customers the Captur is available in Expression+, Dymanique, Dynamique ‘S’ Signature ‘X’ and Signature ‘S’ trim, yes – it is ridiculous. Dymanique is the best option as it offers climate control, automatic lights and wipers, hands-free key card with push button start/stop, 17″ alloy wheels, washable and removable seat covers and the wonderful 7″ touchscreen multimedia system with integrated Sat Nav. The Dynamique ‘S’ adds rear parking sensors and a contrasting roof colour. The Signature X gets heated front seats, part leather seats, parking sensors front and rear, and are also the first model to get the top-of-the-range infotainment system with a reversing camera as standard. The range topping Signature S adds Nappa leather, Bose stereo with Renault’s R-Link infotainment system.

 

A three cylinder 0.9 petrol, 1.2 litre petrol and a 1.5 diesel are the power options for the Captur, both the small petrol and the diesel have 90bhp to draw from and as a result progress is not rapid, 0-62 miles per hour in five speed petrol manual guise is 13 seconds and the top speed of 106 miles per hour keeps the Captur away from the boy racer brigade. The diesel copes better with the extra bulk of the Captur, the extra mid range grunt makes for a more engaging drive, economy of both engines is excellent but the diesel has a claimed return of 76 miles per gallon compared to 56 for the petrol. The 1.5 diesel is available with a six speed dual clutch automatic gearbox which drops the economy to 72.4 miles per gallon and the 0-62 time increases to 13.5 seconds. The 1.2 litre (120 bhp) petrol offers 52.3 miles per gallon and an increased power out put of 120bhp with a six speed manual or dual clutch automatic. A new 110bhp version of the 1.5 diesel is now available alongside the 90bhp engine which offers six forward gears against five, 0-62 in 11.4 seconds and combined economy of 76.4 miles per gallon.

Autumn Best Buy – Renault Captur 1.5 Diesel (110) or 0.9 petrol Dymanique Nav  Manual  – Nil Advance Payment (£59.41 wpms)

Autumn Best Buy – Renault Captur 1.5 Diesel (90)  Dymanique Nav 6 speed Automatic  –  £295 Advance Payment (£61.38 wpms)