Renault Captur review - Practicality, comfort and boot space
The Captur is very practical and roomy considering its external dimensions; boot space is a match for family hatchbacks
The Captur will immediately appeal alongside a Clio or other conventional superminis in the showroom, because of its higher stance. This makes it easier to step in and out of, and means the boot is a bit easier to load.
It’s a roomier car than the Clio, and an ideal stepping-stone between superminis and larger family hatchbacks or crossovers. Even the door pockets are big – the front doors will store 1.5 litres and there are door bins in the rear doors that will swallow 0.5 litres. The stowage box on top of the dashboard will also hold 1.6 litres.
Despite being larger than the Clio, the Renault Captur remains a compact car. It is 4,127mm long, compered to the Clio’s 4,063mm, and is only 46mm wider at 1,778mm. The key jump is height: at 1,566mm tall, it is a full 118mm taller than the Clio, giving a more SUV-like stance and also seating occupants higher off the ground for a better view out.
Renault does make very good use of these extra dimensions, particularly the additional height. It feels roomier than a Clio inside, yet is still usefully smaller than a traditional family hatchback: a Volkswagen Golf, for example, is well over 4.2 metres long and almost 1.8 metres wide.
Leg room, head room & passenger space
The Captur feels like a more appealing Clio from behind the wheel, thanks to the extra confidence given by the higher-set seat. It’s not actually that much roomier, but it feels like it because of the seating position and more upmarket dash. All models come with a standard height- and reach-adjust steering wheel.
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The big advance over the Clio is in the rear. All Captur models have a 60:40 split rear seat – which also slides back and forth so you can vary rear passenger space and boot space. Slide it forward the full 160mm and the boot expands to 455 litres with the seats up.
With the seats folded, there’s a flat floor that Renault says will swallow a full-size mountain bike with ease: all you need to do is quick-release the front wheel.
Naturally, given its extra height, headroom is fine. Rear legroom is better than in the Clio too and that’s hardly a cramped car, so the Captur scores well here overall. Some may prefer the conventional rear doorhandles rather than the Clio’s fiddly ‘hidden’ rear handles as well.
The Captur has an excellent boot. With the seats up, it is 377 litres, which compares very well with the Renault Clio at 300 litres.
Seats folded the Captur boot extends to 1,235 litres, compared to the 1,146 litres of a Clio. A split-level boot floor is also standard on all models, for those who value easy slide-in access above overall space.
In this review
- 1Renault Captur reviewThe Renault Captur is a small crossover that focuses on style, space and low running costs
- 2Engines, performance and driveSmall range of engines and none are particularly powerful
- 3MPG, CO2 and Running CostsThe Captur partly makes up for a lack of performance with excellent efficiency
- 4Interior, design and technologyThe chunky looks give the Captur kerb appeal, but the Clio-based interior is a bit lacklustre
- 5Practicality, comfort and boot space - currently readingThe Captur is very practical and roomy considering its external dimensions; boot space is a match for family hatchbacks
- 6Reliability and SafetyRenault has been improving its reliability in recent years and the Captur has a five-star Euro NCAP score, too