► Second-gen Renault Captur
► Borrows latest Clio's styling
► And hatchback's interior tech, too
The Renault Captur cornered the compact SUV market when it was first launched in 2013, but fast-forward six years and things are very different. Several new competitors and a new Clio have made Renault’s compact SUV a less attractive proposition – and sales have been declining since 2018.
Meet Renault’s new answer to an increasingly competitive marketplace: the new, second-gen Captur.
The Captur borrows much of the styling lines from the new Clio it's based on, but also dips into the Megane copybook. That means C-shaped headlights and almost-minimalist light signature at the rear – and Renault has added full LED units all-round. This is certianly in keeping with Renault’s new family look.
Additional bonnet creases mirror those of the Clio, and just like the hatchback’s refresh, the Captur gets a more sophisticated look over the old one without being too fussy. And what detail there is, serves a purpose, too: those lower vents on the outer edges of the bumper feed air through to the front wheelarches to reduce drag.
Talking of functionality, you can finally spec a roof-rack too for those family holidays when the Captur's modest boot ain't big enough...
What’s the platform?
This 2019 Capture piggybacks the same CMF-B platform as the latest Clio. However, the Captur is 7mm taller, 19mm wider and 100mm longer, with the wheelbase stretched by 33mm for improved interior space.
Despite the increase in size, Renault has kept the weight down by using more plastic and aluminium.
You’ll see hints of the techy new Clio in here, even down to the familiar portrait-format MMI touchscreen on the centre of the console. Like the Clio’s, it’s available in 7.0- or 9.3-inch variants. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are also here.
Renault will let you choose between a 7.0- or 10-inch cockpit display in place of instruments, too, and there’s a wireless phone charging pad for compatible smartphones.
It’s spacier as well. Cabin space increases with an extra 40mm in width and 17mm more legroom for rear passengers, while those up front have an extra 15mm. Boot space increases by 81 litres, growing to 536 litres.
If you want petrol, there’ll be a 1.0-litre three-pot producing 99bhp and 118lb ft of torque.
There’s also the familiar 1.3-litre unit producing 128bhp and 177lb ft of torque, or 153bhp and 199lb ft. The lower-powered version can be had with a six-speed manual or seven-speed DCT automatic, while the brawnier version is DCT-only.
Diesels include two 1.5-litre engines with 94bhp and 113bhp outputs. The latter produces 15lb ft more torque, at 191lb ft, and is also available with a seven-speed DCT automatic gearbox, otherwise both will come with a six-speed manual gearbox as standard.
Three drive modes will come as standard, with Eco, Sport and My Sense (a tailored, individual mode).
Will there be a Renault Captur hybrid?
Badged E-Tech Plug-in, a hybrid Captur will be able to drive in EV mode for up to 28 miles with a top speed of 83mph. The system is similar to the Clio E-Tech and combines a 1.6-litre petrol engine with two electric motors and a modest 9.8kWh battery. Combined power is expected to be around 148bhp.
Renault says the Captur can be used with regular Mode 2 cables for ordinary domestic sockets and Mode 3 for charging stations. Expect a 3-5 hour charge time using a regular plug socket.
Pick a colour, any colour…
The Captur can be specced in 90 shades, with 18 interior colour combinations and various colour packs available. For nighttime driving, you’ll have eight different colours of ambient lighting to choose from, which should avoid any potential clashes with your chosen option pack.
The Captur comes with autonomous emergency braking with cyclist and pedestrian detection, as well as blindspot warning, traffic sign recognition and lane-departure warning. A 360-degree camera and park assist also also included.
Adaptive Cruise with steering assistance and stop-start, is available as an option on the petrol-engined TCe 130 and 155 with the auto ‘box.
Trim levels are yet to be finalised for the UK, but you’ll be able to tick boxes for a panoramic sunroof, nine-speaker Bose sound system and the ability to heat the seats, windscreen and steering wheel.
On sale dates, prices
The second-gen Renault Captur goes on sale at the end of 2019, with the PHEV plug-in hybrid pencilled in for the first half of 2020. UK prices have yet to be announced and we'll update this article once they've been made public.