What is it?
How quickly the wheel turns. Barely four years ago it was necessary to preface our first drive of the new Renault Captur with a brief description of the fledging class it was helping to institute; now the B-segment crossover is a prominent feature of the global marketplace – so much so that the Captur is currently Renault’s best-selling car in Europe.
That success is largely deserved. While being revolutionary in no notable way (the Captur is essentially a tall Clio), Laurens van den Acker’s harmonious design and an uncorrupted driving style made it arguably the pick of the industry’s litter. It is probably indicative of the car’s broader success that the manufacturer has hardly returned to the drawing board with this its first lifecycle refresh.
Mechanical changes? None. There’s the same choice of familiar engines – the stalwart 1.5-litre dCI diesel in 89bhp and 108bhp flavours, and two TCe petrol motors: the 89bhp three-cylinder and 118bhp four-cylinder unit that we're driving here.
The latter development congeals in a new range-topper in the five trim line-up; the Signature S Nav model. Blindspot warning and hands-free parking – novel functions on rivals' option lists – are included, as are top-tier features such as heated part-leather seats and a six-speaker Bose sound system for customers untroubled by the £21,405 entry-level price.