Fi­nally, the Captur gets the pow­er­train it al­ways de­served

Car (South Africa) - - TEST -

R292 400

T12,96 sec 66 kw/220 N.m 171 km/h HE Captur has been a roar­ing sales suc­cess for Re­nault South Africa. There are myr­iad light crossovers to choose from, but tellingly, more than 4 500 South Africans have opted for this stylish French op­tion. The Captur ob­vi­ously has many ap­peal­ing qual­i­ties to nd favour with so many new buy­ers, and in our time with a long-term test unit, we have come to ap­pre­ci­ate its strengths, although a num­ber of weak­nesses were ev­i­dent, too.

Con­spic­u­ous by its ab­sence in the range was a diesel-pow­ered de­riv­a­tive, which is odd when you con­sider the French mar­que’s pro- 4,32 L/100 km 95 g/km cliv­ity to­wards oil-burn­ers. That changed re­cently when the lo­cal sub­sidiary added a 1,5-litre tur­bod­iesel to the fam­ily. Un­til now, we’ve felt that the Captur’s petrol en­gines, es­pe­cially the 1,2-litre when com­bined with the awed EDC twin-clutch trans­mis­sion, were weak points in the model’s other­wise com­mend­able reper- toire. To spice things up, Re­nault South Africa has in­tro­duced the tur­bod­iesel mo­tor in high-spec Dy­namique trim, and 100 cus­tomers will be privy to the model Sun­set Lim­ited Edi­tion model seen here.

Or­ange high­lights ren­der this ver­sion in­stantly recog­nis­able, and it gar­nered quite a few in­quis­i­tive stares dur­ing its test pe­riod. Di­a­mond Black paint­work is ac­cen­tu­ated by con­trast­ing roof and mir­ror caps, and front, rear and side trim in or­ange. It may sound gar­ish, but the high­lights work well on the Captur’s cur­va­ceous shape.

The same con­trast­ing colour scheme is used in the cabin, with such el­e­ments as the air vents, in­fo­tain­ment con­sole and door speaker sur­rounds, parts of

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