Renault bids to capture the moment

Renault on the beach

The new Renault Captur, despite its silly name, is a pretty sensible car that is well suited to families thanks to its spacious interior and generous boot capacity.

A mini-SUV, or ‘crossover’, the Captur is a rival to the popular Nissan Juke, but with a longer roof that allows it to offer more space inside. It also offers considerably more room than the Clio hatchback, on which it is based. Here, we zero in on this chirpy, comfortable and economic new Renault.

Colour combos

If you like to be different, one of the big plus points of the Captur is that there are lots of ways to personalise the look. As well as 24 exterior colour combinations, there are three matching interior and exterior trim packs: Arizona (orange, black, silver and white), Miami (blue and white) and Manhattan (black, grey, silver, white). So choose carefully, and you can create a car that you can be more or less sure none of your friends or neighbours will drive up with in the months to come. Trim levels are called Expression, Expression+, Dynamique MediaNav and Dynamique S MediaNav, and even the standard model comes with 16-inch alloys and cruise control.
Upgrade to Expression+ and you also get front fog lights, automatic lights and wipers and climate control. With Dynamique MediaNav (didn’t she just win an award at the Cannes film festival?) and you get a seven-inch touchscreen with sat-nav and Bluetooth, plus parking sensors and, at the top of the range, heated front seats.

Cabin pressure

Inside the Captur, the look is relatively simple and uncluttered – particularly in comparison to the flashy exterior. But the cheerful theme continues with coloured trim accents around the air vents and central console. And, once again, you can make the car more distinctive by choosing your colour scheme. While some of the materials used look a bit on the cheap side, they also seem hard-wearing enough for family life. The level of comfort on offer is also impressive, as is the space you can create in the boot by sliding forward the rear seats.

Captive audience

The Captur is based on the Clio chassis so, not surprisingly, it handles much like a Clio does – despite being some 20cm taller than the supermini. It’s not a real driver’s car – the steering is not responsive enough, for a start. But the ride is comfortable and fun nonetheless, whether you choose the 0.9-litre TCe, the 1.5-litre dCi diesel or the 1.2-litre TCe. Standard safety equipment across the range is also comprehensive, and includes stability control, traction control, hill start assist, a speed limiter and six airbags. And motorists with an eye on the purse strings will like the fact that the diesel version has CO2 emissions of just 95g/km, meaning no vehicle tax is payable.

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