The Renault Captur has been a vast success. Almost immediately after its launch in 2013, it became the French brand’s best-selling car in the UK and it’s a similar story in other markets around the world. So there’s a lot riding on this new, second-generation iteration.
Renault has taken an evolutionary approach to the new Captur’s styling, mixing the original’s proportions with current Renault styling cues and all-LED lighting. Underneath it’s entirely new, using the same CMF-B platform as the latest Clio.
The new underpinnings have allowed the Captur to grow significantly. It’s now 110mm longer, 33mm of which is in the wheelbase. It’s wider, too. Interior space wasn’t one of the first Captur’s strong suits, but Renault claims the new car has class-leading rear seat space and a massive 536 litre boot.
Up front, the dashboard is entirely new as well. The 9.3in touchscreen display pictured here is an option, but a configurable 7in digital instrument panel comes as standard – a 10-incher is available on high-spec models. There are multitudinous infotainment and driver assistance systems – standard or optional – including a semi-autonomous driving system for use in heavy and/or stop-start traffic.
A floating centre console features many hidey-holes and the door pockets can hold a 1.5 litre bottle. There are new seats as well, designed to be more comfortable while freeing up space in the back.
Everything’s made from higher-grade materials than before, Renault promises.
Renault claims all this amounts to “a new dimension of quality and comfort rivalling models from the class above.”
Power comes from turbocharged petrol or diesel engines and a plug-in hybrid is due early in 2020.
The entry-level petrol unit is the 1.0-litre, three-cylinder TCe 100 producing 100hp and 118lb/ft of torque. A 1.3-litre four-cylinder motor is available in TCe 130 (130hp, 177lb/ft) or TCe 155 (155hp, 199lb/ft) guise.
The 1.5-litre Blue dCi diesel comes in 95hp, 177lb/ft or 115hp, 192lb/ft form. All models are front-wheel-drive with a five- or six-speed manual gearbox, or seven-speed dual-clutch, depending on which engine it has.
The E-TECH plug-in uses a 1.6-litre petrol engine and a 9.8kWh battery to provide up to 28 miles of e-running at speeds up to 83mph. It drives through a continuously variable gearbox.
Worth noting, too, that there are no less than 90 body colours to choose from, plus 18 interior schemes.
By Graham King