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  • Launched in 2020
  • Small SUV
  • Petrol, Diesel, PHEV
  • Launch year
    2020
  • Body type
    Small SUV
  • Fuel type
    Petrol, Diesel, PHEV

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Versatile and affordable small SUV

Best bits

  • Excellent value for money (especially nearly-new)
  • Bright and spacious interior
  • Wide range of efficient petrol, diesel and hybrid engines

Not so great

  • Stodgy to drive compared to the SEAT Arona and Ford Puma
  • Media system is a bit laggy
  • Rear space isn't that great 

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Renault Captur Review 2021: Front View

Overall verdict

Renault Captur Review 2021: Front interior and passenger space

On the inside

Renault Captur Review 2021: Rear View

Driving

Renault Captur Review 2021: Left Side View

How much does it cost to run

Renault Captur Review 2021: Right Side View

Prices, versions and specification

Overall verdict on the Renault Captur

"The Renault Captur is a feel-good small SUV with a bright cabin and plenty of customisation options. Like its predecessor, it might not be the most polished or refined car to drive, but it's very good value for money and is cheap to run."

Renault Captur Review 2021: Front View

The 2021 Renault Captur enter's a very competitive small SUV market. The popular Nissan Juke has recently been replaced, while the Skoda Kamiq offers extraordinary value for money. The Peugeot 2008 is a more fashionable option, while the Ford Puma is incredibly fun to drive and comes loaded to the rafters with kit. Our Renault Captur review will see how this latest model stacks up.


There's certainly more choice now than when the original Renault Captur went on sale in 2013. So, to tackle the class-leaders head on, Renault has made the Captur bigger with more room inside and given it a wider range of engines including a plug-in hybrid.


While some of the Renault Captur's rivals have fairly drab cabins, the plucky little Renault is awash with soft-touch materials and clever features. All models come with a media system featuring Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, while optional colour packs add a touch of fun that you won't find in a SEAT Arona. Indeed, the Captur's well-equipped as standard, with even the most basic trim levels featuring LED headlights, electric windows (in the front and rear ) and air conditioning. 


Adults in the front of the Renault Captur get plenty of space, helped by a relatively wide body which also means good shoulder room. Things aren't quite so good in the back, although a sliding rear bench is a useful feature. With it in its most forward position, there's a huge amount of boot space and access is easy.


The Renault Captur's easy to drive, with its relatively high seating vision giving you a good view of the road ahead. Rear visibility isn't great, but reversing sensors (standard on most models) help while a reversing camera is available on high-spec trim levels.


Most Renault Capturs are powered by the very good TCe 130 engine, which is a turbocharged petrol unit that combines decent performance with impressive fuel economy. But there's also a more affordable TCe 100, as well as a PHEV (badged the E-Tech) and not one but two diesels (the dCi 95 and 115).


The light steering which is great around town is the Captur's downfall on the open road while the soft suspension means it bounces around on bumpy roads.  Still, it's civilised enough on the motorway, providing you avoid the TCe 100 which only comes with a five-speed manual gearbox.


Although the Renault Captur isn't strong enough to claim to be top of the class, it's a competent all-rounder that offers very good value for money. Despite being relatively new, there are some really good deals available on nearly-new models, with dealers slashing thousands of pounds off compared to retail price. That makes it a very tempting proposition.    


If you're looking for the older version, you need our used Renault Captur (2013-2019) review.

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1.6 E-TECH PHEV 160 S Edition 5dr Auto

  • 2021
  • 10 miles
  • Bristol Street Motors Renault Nottingham
  • Nottinghamshire, NG51EA
Price:£24,790
PCP: £404.23/mo

Representative example: Contract Length: 36 months, 35 Monthly Payments: £404.23, Customer Deposit: £3,718.00, Total Deposit: £3,718.50, Optional Final Payment: £11,618.00, Total Charge For Credit: £4,694.55, Total Amount Payable: £29,484.55, Representative APR: 9.9%, Interest Rate (Fixed): 9.48%, Excess Mileage Charge: 4.8ppm, Mileage Per Annum: 10,000

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1.6 E-TECH PHEV 160 S Edition 5dr Auto

  • 2021
  • 11 miles
  • Bristol Street Motors Renault Bradford
  • Yorkshire, BD12EP
Price:£25,990
PCP: £437.70/mo

Representative example: Contract Length: 36 months, 35 Monthly Payments: £437.70, Customer Deposit: £3,898.00, Total Deposit: £3,898.50, Optional Final Payment: £11,618.00, Total Charge For Credit: £4,846.00, Total Amount Payable: £30,836.00, Representative APR: 9.9%, Interest Rate (Fixed): 9.48%, Excess Mileage Charge: 4.8ppm, Mileage Per Annum: 10,000

Is the 2021 Renault Captur right for you?

Anyone in the market for a stylish and versatile small SUV that won't break the bank will find that the Renault Captur ticks all the boxes.  It's value for money makes it very appealing here. True there are alternatives that are better to drive, while others are more practical. But there are some excellent deals available on the Captur.


What makes it stand out is the fact a PHEV version is available. There are no small SUVs similar in size that come as a plug-in hybrid and it means that if you're not doing many miles (and have a home charger) you will be barely using any fuel, the Captur running on EV power instead.

What's the best Renault Captur model/engine to choose?

Most buyers will find the TCe 130 is the best engine choice in the Renault Captur. The 1.3-litre petrol is punchy enough around town yet civilised on the open road. It's well worth the extra cash over the TCe 100. One of the diesels will appeal if you cover a lot of motorway miles, while company car drivers will find the tax advantages of the plug-in hybrid E-Tech appealing.


The mid-range Renault Captur Iconic is more desirable than the Play model and won't cost a great deal more on the used market. If you're after a bit of luxury, look for a Captur S Edition.   

What other cars are similar to the Renault Captur?

There's no shortage of excellent small SUVs on the market today. The Nissan Juke is a popular choice as is the Vauxhall Mokka. If you want a car that's fun to drive and well-equipped, you should look at the Ford Puma


We'd also recommend the SEAT Arona or Skoda Kamiq - the latter especially represents excellent value for money and is very spacious. Then there's the Kia Stonic and Hyundai Kona, as well as Honda's HR-V. You could also look at value options like the Dacia Duster or MG ZS

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Renault Captur Review 2021: Front interior and passenger space

On the inside

Renault Captur Review 2021: Rear View

Driving

Renault Captur Review 2021: Left Side View

How much does it cost to run

Renault Captur Review 2021: Right Side View

Prices, versions and specification

Ask the heycar experts: common questions

Does the Renault Captur have parking sensors?

Although the entry-level Renault Captur Play doesn't come with parking sensors, they're standard on more expensive models. The Renault Captur Iconic features rear parking sensors, while the S Edition comes with front and rear parking sensors as well as a rear-view camera.

Andy Brady

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Is the Renault Captur an SUV?

The Renault Captur is a small SUV. It's similar to the Renault Clio in size (itself a small hatchback alternative to the Ford Fiesta and Vauxhall Corsa). As a small SUV, it has a higher ride height than the Clio, and a slightly more practical cabin.

Russell Campbell

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Is the Renault Captur a good car?

The Renault Captur represents good value for money. It's a comfortable alternative to other affordable small SUVs like the Skoda Kamiq, Ford Puma and Peugeot 2008.

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