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Renault Captur review - MPG, CO2 and running costs

The Captur is cheap to buy, but beware of mounting running costs with the most powerful petrol models.

Overall Auto Express Rating

4.0 out of 5

MPG, CO2 and running costs Rating

4.1 out of 5

Price
£14,860 to £30,795
  • Competitively priced
  • Great safety kit
  • Comfortable
  • Not the most dynamic drive
  • High insurance premiums for top-spec models
  • Underpowered 1.0-litre engine

Renault’s strategic alliance with Nissan and Mitsubishi has resulted in a robust range of engines shared across the group. There are three petrol engines in the Captur range, a single diesel unit and a plug-in hybrid model.

The most frugal engine will be the E-Tech hybrid, although specific economy data is yet to be finalised. The 1.5-litre diesel provides the best return from a tank of fuel without electrical assistance, the 94bhp version delivering 58.9mpg on the combined cycle, with the more powerful 113bhp variant not too far behind at 56.5mpg. CO2 emissions range from 124-131g/km, depending on which trim version you opt for.

The TCe petrol engines still provide decent figures and shouldn’t be discounted. Most Captur buyers will probably choose the mid-range TCe 130 model, which is capable of a maximum 44.8mpg when combined with the seven-speed auto transmission. Emissions of 142g/km are a little higher here than with rivals, though.

Insurance groups

Insurance premiums for the Captur should be on-par with competitors. The entry-level petrol TCe 1.0-litre Play model sits in group 8, while the top-spec 153bhp TCe 1.3-litre Bose Launch Edition occupies group 21. Diesel versions start at group 11 for the 94bhp 1.5-litre dCi Play and move on to group 14 for the 113bhp Bose Launch Edition variant.

In comparison, insurance for the Skoda Kamiq ranges from group 8 to 17, and the Ford Puma from group 11 to 15.

Depreciation

Renault’s work on the new Captur has paid off in terms of predicted residual values. Expert data suggests that it will retain an average of 46% of its original list price over 3 years and 36,000 miles, which is not far off a Volkswagen T-Cross or a Skoda Kamiq.

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