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2020 Renault Captur Review

CAR SIZE: sub-compact
BODY TYPE: Crossover
As the market began looking with increasing interest at the SUV segment in the early 2010s, French carmaker Renault launched in 2013 the Captur, its first crossover based on the B-platform of the Clio.
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The nameplate enjoyed increasing success in the following years, and a facelift for the original version followed in 2017.

As car systems and technologies have kept evolving, Renault decided to introduce the second generation of the Captur in 2019, based on a new platform, with looks meant to further emphasize its place among SUVs, and with the promise of electrification.

1Exterior design & features

The new Captus is built on the CMF-B platform, the same used for the smaller Clio. With that in mind, it is important to say the SUV uses 85 percent new parts compared to the version that came before it.

Visually, the stance of the Captur has changed to become more athletic, a feature enhanced by the higher waist of the car. The SUV look is more visible than before thanks to the use of front and rear protection skis, protective molding, aluminum roof bars a more sloped roof.

Changes to the front include two wide air deflectors to improve aerodynamic performance and full LED lights, while at the rear the tailgate design has been revised.

The Captur rides on 18-inch wheels and comes with chromed window surrounds, slide door protectors and front wing decoration.

Just as it did for the current generation, Renault offers the possibility of choosing a different color for the roof of the car. The body comes in one of 11 color choices, which can be paired with four colors for the roof.

As with all Renault cars, a more upstream Initiale Paris version is being offered.

2Interior design, features
and passenger space

The design of the interior follows the same approach as the new Clio, showing a new shape for the center console, a new screen, which is advertised as the largest in its segment, and new materials.

The dashboard shows new air vents in the center, located on two separate levels, and a slimmed-down heated steering wheel complete with shift paddles for the versions equipped with the EDC transmission. The center console that departs from under the dashboard now sits higher.

The seating position for the driver and front passenger has changed as well, with each of the seats' base being extended by 15 mm.

The seats, doors and dashboard can be specified in one of more material packages. In all, there are 18 interior configurations, supported by 8 ambient lighting colors on the inner doors and the bottom of the center console.

As for space, the Captur retains the same figures as before. There are 546 liters of space in the trunk, and a loading length of 1.57 meters.

3Gadgets

For years now, Renault is offering some of the most high tech cars in its segment. And the new Captur keeps the stakes high as well.

The car's digital instrument cluster comes with screens sized between 7 and 12 inches. The biggest of them includes, of course, navigation right in front of the drivers' eyes.

The infotainment screen in the center of the dashboard is sized 9.3 inches, the largest in its segment, and is powered by the Renault Easy Link.

Also, the new Captur offers a Bose audio system, two USB sockets, and wireless charging.

4Performance

Engine-wise, the car comes equipped with gasoline and diesel units that develop between 95 and 155 hp. All engines can be paired with 5- or 6-speed manual or 7-speed automatic transmission.

On the gasoline side, the French offer the TCe 100 with a 5-speed manual gearbox (100 hp and 160 Nm of torque, 10 hp more than the TCe 90 it replaces), the TCe 130 GPF (130 hp and 240 Nm of torque, 6-speed manual or 7-speed auto) and the top of the range TCe 155 GPF (155 hp and 270 Nm of torque, 7 speed automatic).

The diesel offering is a tad poorer, coming as either the Blue dCi 95 (95 hp and 240 Nm, 6-speed manual) and the Blue dCi 115 (115 hp and 260 Nm of torque, 6-speed manual or 7-speed auto).

In 2020, the range was joined by the plug-in hybrid, called E-Tech. This version pairs a 1.6-liter gasoline engine to a 9.8 kWh battery and two electric traction motors for a total power output of 160 hp, making it the most potent Captur of the new generation. The battery of the PHEV can hold enough electricity to keep the car going on electricity for as much as 30 miles (48 km) at speed that can reach 84 mph (135 mph). Acceleration time in this mode has been rated at 10.1 seconds.

5Safety

Being built on the CMF-B platform means the new Captur comes with a revised body structure and reinforced side members and bulkheads. The security of the car's structure is enhanced by the use of driver and curtain airbags.

Separately, assistance systems that include a 360 camera, automatic emergency braking, cyclist and pedestrian detection, make the new Captur level 2 autonomous.

6Conclusion

Since its introduction six years ago, the Captur has grown into one of the most important cars of the French carmaker. The nameplate constantly sells over 200,000 units each year in Europe alone.

Part of the car's appeal comes from the personalization choices available, not often seen in the SUV segment. As per Renault, the possibility of choosing a different color for the roof is so appealing that it attracts 80 percent of Captur customers.

The new generation obviously keeps this option on the table, meaning the new Captur is likely to rise up to expectations.