The Renault Captur gets a thorough makeover, now based on the new generation CMF-B modular platform that will go on to serve elsewhere in the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi alliance. The new Captur gets 85% new parts compared to its predecessor that was made on the previous-generation platform, says Renault.

Advantages gained from the new CMF-B platform include a lighter architecture particularly around the bodywork, axles and the hood, while an underbody fairing improves aerodynamic performance. Renault also claims ‘greater acoustic comfort’ for the new B-segment SUV, credited to the insulation of the engine compartment which sees improvements between 1.5 – 2 dB at speeds up to 130 km/h.

The Captur continues in being visually distinctive with its available contrasting roof colour; key colour choices include Atacama Orange, Flame Red and Iron Blue, plus Amethyst Black on the Initiale Paris version, and are part of a palette comprising 11 bodywork colours, four contrasting roof colours and three external customisation packs for a total of 90 possible combinations, says Renault.

Lighting now comprises full LED headlamps across all trim levels, and bears the C-shaped daytime running lights which channels the Mégane, Koleos and Clio in blending into the family look. This visual signature is reflected in the Captur’s tail lights as well, where the C-shape is adopted and accentuates the car’s width.

The new Captur adds 11 cm to its overall length which aids in providing more space – 81 litres of boot space is gained over the previous model for a total of 536 litres, while the cabin can accommodate up to 27 litres of interior storage. The split-folding rear seats feature a sliding bench that can be moved 16 cm fore and aft, and can take a maximum payload length of 1.57 m. The boot floor can also separate cargo between two levels.

Inside, the Captur’s cabin builds upon the design used within the fifth-generation Clio, where the ‘Smart Cockpit’ retains its slight angle towards the driver, with its ‘flying console’ which floats above the central tunnel. The portrait orientation of the infotainment screen mimics that within the Clio, here a 9.3-inch touchscreen unit in the new Captur which Renault says is the largest in its segment.

The Captur also follows the Clio in using a digital screen for its driver instrumentation, with a colour screen up to 10.2 inches available, and include GPS navigation information in its display. The aforementioned flying console liberates space for additional storage as well as for a smartphone induction charging system, while the ‘e-shifter’ gear lever wears a boot that can be customised to match the rest of the interior.

Audio in the Captur is a Bose system which now comprises nine speakers over the previous count of seven, with two more tweeters in the rear doors being the new additions. Also added is the Fresh Air Speaker (FAS), in essence a compact subwoofer that reproduces bass frequencies without a conventional ported enclosure, instead sending bass into the cabin via a patented duct system built into the car’s structure. This is built into the trim on the right-hand-side of the boot and does not take up storage space, says Renault.

The driver gets a redesigned steering wheel which now benefits from a more compact airbag, allowing for a sportier, smaller wheel centre compared to its predecessor. This allows the driver a better view of the instrumentation ahead, while a more comprehensive set of backlit on-wheel controls add to the quality feel, says Renault, and all EDC dual-clutch versions of the Captur get shift paddles.

Accommodation within the new Captur features seats with a new seat base that is 15 mm longer and shaped to be more supportive, while the rears of the seat backs have a hollowed lining to give 17 mm additional knee room for the rear passengers. Meanwhile, a new, narrower headrest design in a ‘comma-shape’ offers improved rearward visibility, while electric adjustment controls or revised manual controls improve usability.

Several upholstery packs are available for the new Captur’s interior; these include the Saffron Orange Signature Pack with black cloth seats and orange motifs, the Architect Grey Signature Pack with black cloth seats and light grey motifs and the Initial Paris Signature Pack in Saddler Grey. Titanium black leather seats with light grey perforations can also be specified.

Renault’s Easy Drive suite of driver aids are set up from the Captur’s Easy Link touchscreen, with assistance systems for highway driving, parking and evasive measures. The Highway and Traffic Jam Companion combines adaptive cruise control with lane centering assist, and works at speeds of up to 160 km/h.

This comes as standard on TCe 130 EDC GPF and the TCe 155 EDC GPF engine versions with the EDC automatic transmission, the system will keep the Captur a safe distance from the vehicle ahead of it whilst keeping to the centre of the lane, and will bring the Captur to a halt in heavy traffic, then restart it automatically when traffic moves along again if there is no action by the driver in three seconds.

This is a Level 2 autonomous package, says Renault, which will emit a warning signal if the driver’s hands are not detected on the wheel for about 13 seconds. After two more such warnings, the lane centering assistance system deactivates automatically. This uses a front camera and radar on roads with properly visible markings and vehicles in sight; only adaptive cruise control is switched on if road markings are not visible, and if there is no vehicle ahead of the Captur, lane centering assist works from 60 km/h upwards.

Further active safety equipment includes active emergency braking, blind spot warning, traffic signal recognition with speed limit alert, as well as lane departure warning. For parking manoeuvres, a 360-degree camera offers a virtual bird’s eye view of the car, and is complemented by a reversing camera, rear cross traffic alert system, front and rear parking sensors, and Easy Park Assist which steers the Captur into an available parallel, angled or perpendicular space, and the driver needs only control the pedals and gearbox.

Leading the powertrain charge for the new Captur is the E-Tech plug-in hybrid engine, which pairs a 1.6 litre petrol engine mated to a multimode, dog-clutch direct transmission gearbox, with a pair of electric motors drawing from a 9.8 kWh battery pack. This is rated for 45 km range at up to 135 km/h in mixed use, and about 65 km range in urban use (WLTP City cycle).

The conventional internal combustion engine range comprises two diesels and three petrols. The diesel range features a 1.5 litre Blue dCi in 95 and 115 states of tune, namely with 95 hp and 240 Nm of torque, or 115 hp and 260 Nm of torque. Both get a six-speed manual as standard, while the diesel 115 variant additionally gets the seven-speed EDC.

On the petrol front, the entry level is the TCe 100 1.0 litre, three-cylinder engine with 100 hp and 160 Nm of torque paired to a five-speed manual, gaining 10 hp and 20 Nm of torque over the TCe 90 it replaces, says Renault. Next is the 1.3 litre TCe 130 GPF, with 130 hp and 240 Nm of torque, available with either a six-speed manual or the seven-speed EDC.

Top of the lot is the TCe 155 GPF tune of the same 1.3 litre turbo petrol unit, producing 155 hp and 270 Nm of torque. This is paired with the seven-speed EDC transmission. With 1.2 million units sold since its launch in 2013, the European best-seller has certainly struck a chord on the continent. Does this one similarly catch your attention?