Renault Captur 2018 Review
Renault Captur Intens 2018 Aggregated Reviews
|Cars Guide: 7.1/10|
|Car Review Central: 6/10|
|Car Advice: 7/10|
|Top Gear: 7/10|
|Combined total score: 6.8/10|
- Attractive, customisable
- Great economy
- Refined drive
- Driving outside the city
- Tiny French-style cupholders
- No AEB
Renault Captur Intens 2018 review
This small crossover is Renault's most popular car in the UK, but how does it fair in Australia?
Exterior of the Renault Captur Intens 2018
Perhaps the most compelling feature of this small SUV is your ability to totally personalise your car with 36 different colour options available using the two-tone colour scheme.
Two-tone colour scheme - image courtesy of Cars Guide
In 2018, the Renault Captur has been updated to set it apart from the Clio, giving it a more distinctive SUV-like appearance with rugged bumpers and sharper headlights. It's still small, not much bigger than the Clio, which keeps it easy to use in tight city driving situations.
Inside the Renault Captur Intens 2018
The cabin still has great storage options, with a boot capacity of 455 litres and a double floor height option to store items under the floor space or lower the floor to expand the load height. When you fold down the rear seats, there's 1,255 litres of luggage room.
Ample luggage space in the boot - image courtesy of Cars Guide.
The glovebox is large. Passengers have heaps of headroom and reasonable legroom, comfortable for two backseat passengers but a squeeze for three. The back seat has two ISOFIX attachments and room for bottles in each door, but no cup holders or air vents.
The seats are leather, the steering wheel is leather-wrapped, and LED interior lights create an ambience inside the cabin. There's also a panoramic glass roof that opens up space inside to bring natural light into the cabin.
A 7.0-inch colour touchscreen gives you access to a slightly complex entertainment system that you'll need to spend some time getting acquainted with. It is easy to operate with your eyes on the road, and now has Android Auto, but no Apple CarPlay.
Elegant interior and the latest connectivity - image courtesy of Cars Guide.
There are DAB+ radio and a cradle to hold your smartphone, and you can choose either the standard Arkamys sound system or upgrade for $600 to a six-speaker Bose sound system.
What's it like to drive a Renault Captur Intens 2018?
The petrol engine is quieter and more refined, and better suited to driving in traffic. For freeway driving, you might appreciate the more powerful diesel engine to overtake easily. On rough road surfaces, it handles smoothly with little road noise in the cabin.
This SUV is front-wheel drive, with no pretensions to off-road ability. Driving in the city it's perfectly comfortable, with auto-parking guiding you into tight parking spots safely, and its height offering a panoramic view of the road ahead. With a curb weight of just 1,200 kilograms, the small engine options are plenty to give you a zippy city driving experience - the Captur does 0 to 100 kilometres per hour in 10.9 seconds.
Venture outside the city and you won't be so comfortable, though the front-wheel-drive system can be adjusted to create more traction using the 'Extended Grip' braking system to adjust engine torque delivery and braking response for the road conditions.
Over 40 kilometres per hour, on-road, the default mode, is selected. Below this speed, you can choose 'off-road', which adjusts the car to allow more front wheel spin, or 'expert', where the driver controls the engine while the system modifies the braking effects.
This model comes with a five-year unlimited kilometre warranty and three-year capped price servicing at 12-month intervals.
Who's the Renault Captur Intens 2018 for?
This teeny SUV is designed to be driven in the city when you want a little extra height to see above the traffic and a chic, personalised design that makes you stand out with style.
You'll buy this if you're mostly city-based, and you want a unique car that you don't see everywhere. It's hands down the best looking small SUV in the market but doesn't offer the freeway or off-road comfort that some Australians find essential.
Engine: 0.9L TCe (66kW/135Nm) 900cc petrol or 1.2L (88kW/190Nm) turbocharged four-cylinder petrol
Transmission: automatic or manual
Wheels: 16 or 17-inch alloy
Safety: 5 star ANCAP
Fuel: 5.8L/100km from a 45L fuel tank taking 95RON or 98RON premium fuel.
AV and tech: 7.0-inch colour touchscreen, DAB+ radio
You can finance a Renault Captur 2018 from $155/week*, get a quick quote to find out exactly what it will cost to embrace French city style.
No time to shop around for your car? Just tell us exactly what you want, including the features and colour. We will find the vehicle to match and negotiate the best price for you.
*Over a 5-year loan term.