This sassy baby SUV is underpinned by some smart engineering
IT’S all about the look with the Renault Captur, from the optional two-tone exterior styling to the dimpled surfaces, coloured zippers and bright plastic highlights in the cabin.
But there’s a method behind the interior-designer madness.
The surfaces will be easy to wipe down, which will endear them to parents with young kids and 20-somethings who tend to live in their vehicles on weekends away. The same applies to the zip-off cushion covers standard in the top-end Dynamique and a $600 option for the Expression.
While the looks will grab the most attention, it’s the underpinnings of the Renault that will appeal to diehards used to the brand’s hot hatches.
The stiffened suspension definitely puts it at the sporty end of the light SUV brigade. The occasionally jumpy ride is compensated for by secure roadholding and one of the better steering feels in the class. Unfortunately the pace, in either 900cc turbo three-cylinder manual guise or 1.2L turbo fourcylinder auto guise, is at the more moderate end of the scale.
The Captur is destined to be a hit in the same way as the Clio light car it is based on. This baby SUV is a smart mix of stylish looks and decent standard features that justify adding it to the list when shopping for a high-riding crossover.
The pricing lands the Captur in the heart of an increasingly competitive segment. A kick-off of $22,990 for the turbo threecylinder Expression with a fivespeed auto puts the Captur against the front-wheel-drive