Renault Captur review - Interior, design and technology
The materials used in the Captur are a real highlight - it feels more grown up and of a higher quality than its predecessor.
You could be forgiven for thinking the latest Captur looks very much like the old one. And you’d be right. Despite this being an all-new car, the exterior design is really only an evolution of the previous model. Yes, the dimensions have grown and brought a more muscular stance, but it’s lost none of the original’s handsome looks.
Renault has also answered criticism of the Captur’s poor interior quality. The influence of the new Clio is obvious, with the use of soft-touch plastics throughout the cabin putting the Captur up with the best in the small SUV class in this area.
Build quality feels strong, too. The Captur doesn’t have the design flair of the Peugeot 2008, and you might say that the lower-spec cars feel a little on the dowdy side, but the layout is functional and the materials used are certainly better than in the Ford Puma.
The new Captur is available with four equipment levels and there’s generous levels of standard kit throughout the range. All cars come with alloy wheels, full LED front and rear headlights, auto folding electrically adjustable mirrors, rear privacy glass, automatic air conditioning and a host of active safety systems such as Lane Keep Assist and Traffic Sign Recognition.
Sat-nav, stereo and infotainment
Standard on-board tech in the Captur includes a 7-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, Bluetooth and a DAB radio. There’s also a 4.2-inch TFT driver information display and the usual USB ports.
Stepping up to Iconic trim adds rear parking sensors and sat-nav, while the S Edition includes front sensors and a rear-view camera, a wireless phone charger and a larger 9.3-inch portrait-style touchscreen. The graphics are sharp enough and the screen responsive, but the set-up is not as intuitive as systems in VW Group rivals.
The Bose Launch Edition features a premium sound system with eight speakers, while the E-TECH plug-in model has a larger 10-inch TFT display.
In this review
- 1Renault Captur reviewThe new Renault Captur is all grown-up, with an improved interior, plenty of on-board tech and reassuring levels of safety.
- 2Engines, performance and driveRenault’s new Captur comes with capable petrol, diesel and hybrid powertrains, but it’s best to avoid the underpowered 1.0-litre engine.
- 3MPG, CO2 and running costsThe Captur is cheap to buy, but beware of mounting running costs with the most powerful petrol models.
- 4Interior, design and technology - currently readingThe materials used in the Captur are a real highlight - it feels more grown up and of a higher quality than its predecessor.
- 5Practicality, comfort and boot spaceThe bigger Renault Captur offers good levels of practicality and includes clever touches to make the most of its interior space.
- 6Reliability and safetyExcellent levels of safety will be reassuring for customers, although the new Captur’s reliability is untested.