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Renault Captur

The independent Renault Captur video review

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    By Jonathan Crouch

    Renault's Captur small SUV is an affordable way into small, stylish family transport. Jonathan Crouch takes a look at the second generation version.

    Ten Second Reviewword count: 75

    Renault's little Captur Crossover model has matured nicely in this smarter second generation guise. It's now a little bigger but as before, is a Clio-based design offering super-economical engines, some genuinely clever interior touches and no small dose of style. It'll appeal to supermini buyers wanting extra versatility as well as family hatchback customers in search of something more interesting and affordable. And it's the kind of car that'll certainly drive sales in this segment.

    Backgroundword count: 161

    You can't fault the thinking behind the modern SUV 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 SUVs, 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 - the second generation version of Renault's Captur. It continues to be based on the Clio supermini and is priced to sell at the more affordable end of this segment, claimed strongpoints being extra versatility and buyer personalisation, along with class-leading running costs and a decently responsive driving experience. Let's check it out.

    Driving Experienceword count: 222

    So what's it like? If you're used to a supermini, the more 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. This second generation model's new CMF-B platform is lighter and stiffer than the old Captur's underpinnings, which should improve refinement and handling. Under the bonnet, there are three petrol units and two diesel engines. The 100hp three-cylinder 1.0-litre TCe with a five-speed manual gearbox is the entry-level option. Next up is a four-cylinder 1.3-litre TCe powerplant with either 130hp or 155hp. Both versions are offered with a seven-speed dual-clutch auto gearbox; you can have a six-speed manual on the lower-powered model. And diesel? Well there are a couple of dCi options, both versions of Renault's four-cylinder 1.5 Blue dCi with 95hp and 115hp. Both come fitted with a six-speed manual, while a seven-speed EDC auto is offered on the 115hp version. There's also now the option of a plug-in hybrid, the 'E-Tech plug-in' model, which uses a 1.6-litre petrol engine and has a couple of electric motors powered by a 9.8kWh battery and a multi-mode direct-transmission auto gearbox. Renault reckons this package is good for 28 miles of WLTP all-electric range and has an electrified top speed of 83mph.

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    Statistics (subset of data only)

    Min

    Max

    0-62 mph (s):

    10.9

    13.5

    Combined mpg:

    52.3

    78.5

    CO2 (g/km):

    95

    125

    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
    80%
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