By Tim Barnes-Clay, Motoring Journalist
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The Renault Captur lies in a heaving market of urban crossovers, like the Citroen C4 Cactus and Nissan Juke. However, it carries with it some undeniably neat cabin touches and ladles of style.
The Renault Captur's lineage can't really be doubted. Its structure and powertrains are well proven – none more so than the Dynamique Nav dCi 90 five-door model I drove.
In a comparable Nissan Juke, this same diminutive diesel unit shakes out another 20PS, but most drivers targeting this motor for lease won't really notice the trifling drop in power. True, the Captur’s 13.1 zero to 62mph time is on the slow side, but with a top speed of 106mph the package is good enough.
The Renault Captur may look like it can handle an excursion off the black stuff into the rough – but don’t try it, at least not on a regular basis! This is a car designed to give the impression of being an off-roader. That said, the French manufacturer has given the Captur a substantial ground clearance of 200mm. So, in fairness if you desperately wanted to, you could get a long way along a dirt track if you added a set of dedicated winter tyres to the car.
The Renault Captur has a smart design with some very accomplished detailing – but it still looks no-nonsense. It’s small at 4.12m long and 1.77m wide, while the 200mm clearance gives it a suitably elevated driving position.
The cabin is probably the most enticing aspect of the Captur. It’s designed to seat five-up, with the good leg room in the rear bolstered by a 60/40 split rear bench that can be slid forwards or backwards - or folded flat when more load space is required.
Shrewd packaging allows the Captur’s boot to offer 1,235 litres, with the seats down. With the seats up, this five-door car is among the best in its segment with 455 litres of load space, as well as a useable compartment underneath the boot floor.
If you cautiously thought a Juke could be for you, but its love it or loathe it exterior has held you back – then the Renault Captur will work for you. It will please you in other ways, too – just don’t be too fooled by the artificial off-road façade.
Pros ‘n’ Cons
Cabin kit √
Slower than Nissan Juke X
Fast Facts (Dynamique Nav dCi 90)
Max speed: 106 mph
0-62 mph: 13.1 secs
Combined mpg: 78.5
Engine: 1461 cc four-cylinder 8 valve turbo diesel
Max. power (PS): 90
CO2: 95 g/km