What's it like?
We tested the higher-powered dCI. It manages impressive efficiency figures while having enough oomph to handle most situations. Press the accelerator pedal hard and power more than suffices and feels faster than this variant's official 0-62mph time of 11.0sec suggests.
Diesel refinement isn’t bad either, and at the modest around-town speeds at which the Captur will most often be driven, overall noise and vibration is decent. When you get up to 60mph on some Cotswolds B-roads, however, things become a little less pleasant with plenty of road noise and some serious wind effect on the A-pillars.
The Captur, like most compact crossovers, is damped for comfort, favouring absorption of bumps and crevices over any real dynamism. That said, such suspension is often paired with a vaguer-than-vague steering feel but, to the model’s credit, the steering is more precise and direct than expected.
The same applies to the handling, which faired well on every corner we threw it at. But of course, the Captur isn’t meant to be thrown around corners, and is far more likely to be ambling along a high street or covering a few miles on the school run.
As Renault promised, the interior of our mid-spec Dynamique S Nav was better than its predecessor, with good-quality plastics at eye-level and beyond. The Captur gains Android Auto smartphone mirroring, although oddly the equivalent Apple CarPlay system is not included.
Our test car also had the new fixed panoramic sunroof, an unremarkable £400 optional feature, but one no doubt popular for those with children to entertain.
Should I buy one?
This revised Captur will never set hearts on fire but it will fit the bill for many everyday drivers, offering a well-rounded, likeable car.
This diesel is expensive compared to the petrol versions so unless you’re going to recoup some of that outlay by munching miles – and the average Captur driver is unlikely to be – a petrol-fuelled model makes more sense; the more powerful petrol we’ve already tested with the same equipment costs £19,095, some £2000 cheaper than this oilburner.
Renault Captur Dynamique S Nav dCI 110 review
Price £21,075 Engine 4 cyls, 1461cc, diesel Power 108bhp at 4000rpm Torque 192lb ft at 1750rpm Gearbox 6-spd manual Kerb weight 1190kg 0-62mph 11.0sec Top speed 109mph Economy 76.3mpg (combined) CO2/tax band 98g/km, 21% Rivals Nissan Juke, Suzuki Vitara