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Renault Captur review - Practicality, comfort and boot space

The bigger Renault Captur offers good levels of practicality and includes clever touches to make the most of its interior space.

Overall Auto Express Rating

4.0 out of 5

Practicality, comfort and boot space Rating

4.3 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

The new Captur sits on the same CMF-B platform as the latest Clio and it’s 110mm longer, 19mm wider and 17mm taller than the original model. The new platform and bigger dimensions have brought gains in passenger space and practicality, helping the Captur attract customers with growing families. Usefully, each door can take a 1.5-litre water bottle and there’s good storage for cups and phones – including a wireless-charging plate (standard on S Edition models and above).

Access for passengers at the rear is good, and noticeably better than the Peugeot 2008, which has a lower roofline. The rear seats in the Captur are also more comfortable than those in the Ford Puma where you have to sit higher up with your legs tucked back.

Size

Overall length of the Captur has increased to 4,227mm, with width at 1,797mm (excluding mirrors) and height of 1,576mm. In comparison, the Ford Puma is 20mm shorter, 8mm wider and stands 1,537mm tall, while the Peugeot 2008 is 4,300mm long, 1,770mm wide and 1,550mm in height.

Leg room, head room & passenger space

The increased dimensions give the driver and passengers ample room. Even with three passengers in the rear, legroom is fine and headroom isn’t an issue, either.

Boot

The Captur features a sliding rear bench seat to maximise either boot space or passenger room in the rear. With the seats all the way back there’s 422 litres of boot space, which is only 12 litres less than the 2008, but 34 litres down on the Puma. Slide the bench forward and there’s a decent 536 litres on offer, but remember that this extra practicality does come at the expense of rear legroom. Setting it somewhere in the middle is usually the best compromise.

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