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Renault Captur

The independent definitive Renault Captur video review
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    By Jonathan Crouch

    Renault's Captur crossover is an affordable way into small, stylish family transport. Jonathan Crouch takes a look at the improved range.

    Ten Second Reviewword count: 94

    Renault's little Captur Crossover model has proved to be a strong seller for the French company, but since its initial introduction, an army of fresh rivals have been launched to try and eat into its market share. Hence the need for regular updates. A facelifted version arrived in 2017 delivering a smarter look, a classier interior and extra safety technology. In 2018, Renault updated the range structure too. As ever, the Captur will appeal to supermini buyers wanting extra versatility, as well as family hatchback customers in search of something more interesting and affordable.

    Backgroundword count: 185

    You can't fault the thinking behind the modern Crossover, a class of car that aims to blend the versatility of a people carrying MPV, the attitude of a high-riding SUV and the sharp driving dynamics of a family hatchback. It's a segment that's now divided into a couple of sectors, the larger one typified by cars like Nissan's Qashqai and Peugeot's 3008 and based on Focus-sized models. The real sales growth though, is coming from smaller-sized supermini-based Crossovers, cars that have built on the original success of Nissan's pioneering Juke and are now a hot ticket for almost every mainstream brand. Here's one of the most tempting - Renault's Captur. It's based on the Clio supermini, is priced to sell at the affordable end of this segment and was launched in 2013. Buyers have liked the Captur's versatility and scope for personalisation, plus efficient running costs and a decently responsive driving experience have also made it popular. The result has proved to be good enough to make this Renault's second best seller. Can this improved model keep the momentum going? Let's see what's on offer.

    Driving Experienceword count: 226

    Nothing's really changed here in terms of either engineering or driving dynamics, but then, nothing really needed to. Set off on your first drive and if you're used to a supermini, the commanding driving position will be welcome - unless you're the kind of enthusiastic owner who realises that with extra ride height, you usually also get extra body roll through the bends. Renault appreciates this too, which is why the Captur features a 'Roll Movement Intervention' system, supposed to stop the body pitching about through sharp corners. Under the bonnet, almost all Captur owners will find 90hp beneath their right foot. Most will want the dCi 90 diesel, offered with either manual or EDC auto transmission. If you'd rather have petrol power, there's a manual gearbox three cylinder 0.9-litre Tce 90 unit. We'd choose the diesel every time. That Tce engine gives you over 50% less pulling power than the equivalent dCi diesel, so as usual, the black pump version will feel the quicker day-to-day tool. Those requiring something peppier are offered a couple of four cylinder petrol derivatives, the manual Tce 130 and the auto Tce 150. Don't get any designs on off-roading though. There's no 4WD option and there won't be for the platform this car rides upon hasn't been designed to take it. In compensation, there's a decent 170mm of ground clearance.

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    Statistics (subset of data only)

    Min

    Max

    0-60 mph (s):

    10.9

    13.5

    Combined mpg:

    52.3

    78.5

    CO2 (g/km):

    95

    Extra urban mpg:

    60.1

    83.1

    Height (mm):

    1566

    Insurance group:

    9

    15

    ... and 6 other stats available

    Scoring (subset of scores)

    Category: Crossover or SUV 4x4s

    Performance
    70%
    Handling
    70%
    Comfort
    80%
    Space
    90%
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