RENAULT CAPTUR SUNSET LIMITED EDITION 66 kw 1,5 dci DYNAMIQUE
Finally, the Captur gets the powertrain it always deserved
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