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, LED 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, a DAB radio and a wireless smartphone charging function. There’s also a 4.2-inch TFT driver information display and the usual USB ports.
R.S. Line models have the best infotainment set-up available in the Captur, adding a larger 9.3-inch portrait-style touchscreen with big tiles for main functions like mapping and media, and small shortcut icons along the lower edge. The graphics are sharp enough and the screen responsive, but the set-up is not as intuitive as systems in VW Group rivals.
E-Tech hybrid launch editions get a 10-inch driver information panel, a different console with e-shifter and exclusive grey interior with blue stitching.
Renault has used near-identical volume controls mounted on the steering column for decades. There’s no need to change, because the simple switches for volume and track/radio station skipping are as intuitive as ever.
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 and hybrid powertrains, but it’s best to avoid the underpowered 1.0-litre engine
- 3MPG, CO2 and running costsThe Captur is relatively 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 safetySharing much of its tech with its Clio sibling bodes well for reliability, while the Captur boasts excellent levels of standard safety kit