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.
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.
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.
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.
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 technologyThe 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 space - currently readingThe 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.