New Renault Captur revealed, including plug-in plans

Popular Renault Captur gets new look inside and out, plus all-new tech

Matt Rigby
Oct 17, 2019

Renault has revealed a refreshed and redesigned version of its popular Captur. The original Captur was a big success for Renault, selling more than a million examples across Europe in its six years on sale.

With a high-riding driving position and small size (it’s about the same size a Renault Clio, but taller), the Captur is aimed at small families and those who want a bit of SUV style but spend most of their time driving around town.

Renault hopes the latest car will build on the virtues of the original model, while adding a more modern and upmarket interior, and a raft of high-tech features, including driver-assistance technology and – in 2020 – a plug-in hybrid version.

Quick facts

  • Prices start at £15,730
  • Small SUV based on the Renault Clio
  • Three petrol and two diesel engines
  • Plug-in hybrid option coming in 2020
  • Offers 536 litres of boot space
  • First deliveries expected early in 2020

The market for cars like this continues to expand, and we're seeing more and more examples of car manufacturers developing high-rise versions of their standard hatchback models. Will this new Renault Captur be enough to thwart the supremacy of the Nissan Juke though? Read on to find out more about this mini-SUV's interior, tech, engines and more.


2020 Renault Captur design

Although Renault says the car is 85% new parts, it is at first glance, quite similar to the old model on the outside.

It’s still curvy, with flowing body panels and a roof colour that contrasts with the body to give a sense that the roof is ‘floating’. However, it is actually 11cm longer than before and has a higher waistline to give it more of that tough SUV feel.

The most significant visual change is new 100% LED headlights, styled like a ‘c’ shape to echo the other models in Renault’s range. The C-shaped light treatment continues at the rear with new, slimmer tail lights.

2020 Renault Captur interior

Inside, the Captur features a dramatic portrait-oriented central screen that’s either 7 inches or 9.3 inches. This is both slightly curved and angled towards the driver, so the driver can use it with the minimum of distraction of their attention from the road.

In front of the driver a digital screen that replaces the traditional dials and which – provided you go for the optional larger 10-inch version – can display turn by turn instructions for the sat-nav. There’s also a dramatic-looking ‘flying’ centre console. This is actually a sort of jutting balcony that houses the gearlever and makes room below it for a pad for wireless smartphone charging.

Renault is also keen to emphasise the customisable nature of the new Captur and part of this are the ‘colour packs’ which combine trim and seat colours. These are available in black, light grey or leather. Elsewhere in the interior you’ll find ambient lighting strips in the door inserts, storage pockets big enough for a couple of 1.5-litre bottles and a pair of USB sockets in the centre armrest.

Out back, the Captur offers an impressive 536 litres of boot space.

2020 Renault Captur technology

The Captur’s touchscreen is compatible with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay as standard, features a built-in TomTom sat-nav and can be customised so users can easily access their favourite functions. The system is also automatically updated, like the operating system of your smartphone, which is a helpful touch.

Unusually for this type of car, the Captur gets quite an advanced driver-assistance package that Renault calls its ‘Highway and Traffic Jam Companion’. This combines adaptive cruise control and lane assist to keep you cruising in your lane on the motorway and at a safe distance from the car in front. This works between 0mph and 100mph, so could be particularly useful in heavy traffic.

Other safety features the Captur offers include emergency brake assist, a 360-degree parking camera, and automatic high beam lights.

2020 Renault Captur engines

The new Renault Captur will be available with a choice of three different petrol engines, two diesels and – eventually – an emissions-friendly plug-in hybrid option (see below).

Petrol power options start with the little 1.0 TCe. This is a 1.0-litre, three-cylinder engine, but it’s turbocharged, so makes 100hp – so it shouldn’t feel too underpowered. If you’re looking for more power, though, go for the 130hp 1.3 TCe. At the top of the petrol range is the 155hp version of the 1.3 TCe. The 155hp models is only available with a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic. The 130hp 1.3 TCe can be specified with either the automatic or a six-speed manual, while the smallest petrol engine is offered with a manual gearbox only.

Diesel options consist of a 1.5-litre turbo with either 95hp or 115hp. The lower-powered car is manual only, while the more powerful option can be had with either the six-speed manual or the seven-speed auto.

2020 Renault Captur E-TECH Plug-in hybrid

Renault will introduce a plug-in hybrid version of the new Captur in 2020, called the E-TECH Plug-in. Renault says it’ll cover 28 miles on purely electric power – and at speeds of up to 83mph.

For longer journeys – or if you’ve not had time to plug in the car to charge the 9.8kWh batteries, the 1.6-litre petrol engine is supported by the two electric motors. Renault says these will always have enough charge to move away at low speeds in electric mode, helping reduce emissions and improve fuel efficiency.

This energy is drawn from the braking system, which helps recover kinetic energy. This system means you can also accelerate and brake using one pedal, much like the system used in the electric Nissan Leaf.


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