When Renault launched its compact crossover model, the Captur, four years ago, it was quickly onto a winner. Last year the friendly-looking Captur was Europe's best-selling urban crossover, known in motor industry jargon as a B-SUV, with a tally of over 215,000 sales. Now it has just undergone a mid-life update that is mostly cosmetic, but includes upgraded technology although not, disappointingly, the now looked-for Apple CarPlay. The exterior has been tweaked to sharpen the Captur's soft styling, with a revised front grille, C-shaped LEDs in the lights, some bright new body colours and more personalisation options. There are more changes inside, with a revised cabin design using better quality materials.

The updated Captur is fundamentally the same underneath, so the driving experience is similar to the pre-facelift car. There are two power versions of the 1.5-litre dCi engine, and the launch cars had the higher output, 109bhp unit. It's gutsy enough for a car weighing less than 1.2 tonnes, although the car doesn't feel particularly quick, with fairly leisurely acceleration. There's much to like though. The six-speed manual gearbox has a nice slick action and sensibly spaced ratios, and around town the car feels quite nippy and easy to manouevre. You notice a bit of engine noise, and there's a ruffle of wind noise when driving at a motorway pace, but general refinement has been improved and is pretty fair. Ride comfort is mostly good, and the handling is grippy with only modest body lean on the bends.

The Captur's interior has taken a distinct step upmarket. The look and feel of the cabin materials is much improved, and the surfaces across the upper dash and doortops are pliant. There’s a choice of seven interior trim packs, and all but the base model comes with a navigation system as standard. Seat comfort has been improved, and the practical boon of un-zippable seat covers in washable fabric has been carried over. It's a pity, though, that the large drawer-like glovebox that is a notable feature in left-handdrive models is not available in the Captur for the UK.

Prices for diesel versions of the new Captur start from £17,315, which buys an 89bhp car in base Expression+ trim. There are five trim levels, with Signature X Nav and Signature S Nav at the top. Standard kit on all models includes cruise control, alloy wheels, DAB radio, Bluetooth connectivity and a roll movement intervention system that helps restore stability in extreme situations if the car is at risk of tipping over. Dynamique S Nav is expected to be the most popular, as it adopts a contrasting coloured roof, rear parking sensors, LED headlights, rear privacy glass and power folding door mirrors. The Captur's general likeability has been enhanced with this update that brings the car's looks more into line with its bigger sibling, the Kadjar. The cabin redesign in particular is a big improvement over the rather budget look and feel of the original.