Renault Captur (2013-2020) review - Interior, design and technology

The chunky looks give the Captur kerb appeal, but the Clio-based interior is a bit lacklustre

The Captur's design received a few revisions for 2017, with reprofiled lights front (including Megane-inspired LED DRLs) and rear, a tweaked grille and bumper design and a few new colours and alloy wheel choices. It freshens the Renault up slightly, but isn't dramatic. Thankfully, it's already a modern and stylish look, so didn't need much tweaking.

Renault Clio drivers will be familiar with the interior of the Captur. It has the same instruments, switchgear and central touchscreen. This is now standard across the range and includes sat-nav, which is useful because Apple CarPlay isn't currently available.

Despite the similarities with the Clio, the Captur still has its own unique feel, with a more upright SUV dash layout that’s enhanced by the more substantial-looking dash top, higher seats and additional stowage slots, such as the cubby ahead of the gearlever and the neat closing box on top of the dash.

From 2017 onwards, all models have improved materials and upholstery, plus new cabin colour choices and small tech upgrades. It's a better environment than before, although it's more difficult to excuse cheap items like the wobbly centre armrest and flimsy handbrake surround on the pricier models in the range.

Renault offers an enormous array of interior personalisation packs. You can have style and colour packs that include special trim on the centre console, air vents and even the speakers, plus unique zip-off washable seat covers, glossy door arm rests and special trim and inserts on the steering wheel.

Pleasingly, lots of these features are standard as you move up the range, meaning you can have a bespoke-feeling Captur without spending a fortune on extras. The one question mark we do have is over build quality. Feedback from our Driver Power survey suggests the Captur is below par here, so it’s worth giving the interior a thorough once-over if you do buy one. 

Sat-nav, stereo and infotainment

Iconic and GT Line cars have a touchscreen sat-nav system called MediaNav, with a seven-inch touchscreen sat-nav and hands-free telephony. As of 2017, the unit also incorporates Android Auto smartphone connectivity, plus the previous omission of DAB radio. Apple CarPlay isn't available yet.

The central touchscreen is bright and clear, although sometimes doesn't respond to inputs and can lag when you want to do things in a hurry. It can be easy to get lost in the menus, too, so it requires getting used to. 

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