2016 Renault Captur Signature Nav 0.9L from UK and Ireland


Great specs on paper and looks fab, but what a croc of the brown stuff


This was a replacement NEW order for an Iconic Nav which was supplied to me mis-built and I rejected under the Consumer Rights Act 2015. However this review is for the replacement new Signature Nav.

On this brand new one the R-Link rubbish doesn't work and the driver's window doesn't work.

General Comments:

Beautiful car, but the R-Link 'infotainment' (if 'infotainment' is what we call piles of brown stuff these days) is just AWFUL!! It has never managed to maintain a stable connection to the network and has zero support for iPhones. The voice recognition would be outdone by the village cat and there is nil support for Siri. The last part is particularly annoying as the supposed inferior MediaNav has been upgraded with Siri support.

Anyway, design flaws of the R-Link aside, it simply does not work. The 2.75G (yep folks, welcome to the 80s) continually cycles between connected/disconnected which means no HD TomTom (yes TomTom in 2016... WTF?) and no weather, traffic updates, system updates or access to Renault store etc.

Faults happen, but the 'Connectivity Support' at Renault have no idea why it doesn't work. They are based in Portugal and after three weeks have just escalated it to the technical team in France. Absolute rubbish support.

I am sure the very good local dealership can fix the window, but really - is that good enough for the second car in as many months??? As for the R-Link, I have my doubts that will ever work.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 8th July, 2016

9th Jul 2016, 20:48

None of those infotainment issues bother me - so what's gone wrong with the car? Has it broken down?

14th Jul 2016, 14:11

There are no comments on the car and only on the electrics on the phone and sat nav. I have had a car since the 1960s and my Captur is the best is the best I have owned, and is reliable and economical.

13th Oct 2016, 22:13

Hmmm... seems Renault have built a tablet not up to your expectations. Next time buy a car.

My Dad's on his 2nd Captur and he rates it highly.

14th Nov 2016, 19:03

Haven't got a Captur but looking into one. If the main critique is lack of Internet connection... I feel sorry for you.

I want a report on the car a bit more in general.

2014 Renault Captur 1.5 dCi 90hp from Romania


A pleasant surprise, very versatile


None - it was a showroom car.

General Comments:

I am not the owner of this car. I just took a drive test because I was curious to see this model in real life.


The car looks very nice. I would not recommend choosing a very flashy two color theme, because it will make the car hard to resell. Simple, bright colors make the car look very nice and robust.

The ground clearance is 170 mm, and that comes in very handy for Romanian roads.


Quality - is not very high, there are lots of hard plastic surfaces, but the design of the dashboard is very modern and pleasing to use.

Space - is unexpectedly good for 4 adults. Legroom in the back is very good for a car of this size. However the back seat is not suitable for 3 persons, it can accommodate only 2 adults. Be careful if you want to use 2 child seats in the back, there will be no space left for Mom.


Steering - is very light and comfortable at low speeds. It could use more feedback at high speeds.

Suspension - makes the car very stable for its height. It felt very stable at speeds up to 140 km/h. I did not drive the car on bad roads, but I felt that the suspension is more on the hard side.

Engine - is a pleasant surprise for a 90 HP unit. It coped easily with 4 adults of 80 kilos each. Acceleration is quite good if you rev the engine hard. It looks like the gear ratios are 'long' and do not take full advantage of the diesel engine's torque. I have seen that a diesel 110 HP unit is also available nowadays. Anyway the performance is good, if you take the engine over 3000 RPM (pretty high for a diesel). Being a Renault, I expect that the fuel consumption will be very low.

Noise - seems well suppressed. The car seemed to cruise comfortably at 120 km/h.

The boot of the car is also a nice surprise given the exterior dimensions of the car. If you take the floor and top panels out, then you have a good amount of usable space.

I was pleasantly surprised by this car. It does not excel at anything, but it is very comfortable and versatile. The pricing is also very good in Romania.

The gasoline version starts at a very low price. The diesel is a little bit more expensive, but it achieves remarkable fuel consumption, from what I have heard from some owners.

I think that the entry level gasoline version is the best choice for somebody who wants a good city car, that can also do occasional out of the city trips, with good space and comfort levels for all passengers (no more than 4).

If you do more kilometers per year, then the diesel is the choice for you.

I have seen lately that Renault offers a dual clutch transmission option and more powerful engines. Good job, Renault! Nice car at a nice price!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 6th April, 2015