RE­NAULT CAPTUR

Cap­ture the cross­over mar­ket

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The re­freshed Re­nault Captur has main­tained its edge in an in­creas­ingly crowded com­pact cross­over seg­ment, es­pe­cially with the un­usual but strik­ing two-tone colour scheme of­fered on the Dy­namique model.

Raised ground clear­ance now stands at 170 mm, and the seat­ing po­si­tion has been el­e­vated, while skid plates pro­tect the front and rear bumpers.

THE IN­SIDE STORY

The in­te­rior is wel­com­ing with sup­port­ive seats (heat­ing op­tional but stan­dard on Dy­namique), lots of stor­age op­tions and a soft-touch dash­board and leather-cov­ered steer­ing wheel. Rear park sen­sors, elec­tric win­dows, auto head­lamps, auto wind­screen wipers, as well as cruise con­trol and cor­ner­ing lights make life that much eas­ier. Dy­namique mod­els fea­ture a use­ful in­te­grated Me­di­anav touch­screen tablet, which I found to be par­tic­u­larly help­ful and ac­cu­rate when nav­i­gat­ing in the sticks.

THE POWER

Three turbo en­gines are on of­fer, start­ing with the 66 kW three-cylin­der (898 cc), which was sur­pris­ingly nippy and was able to cruise all day at 120 km/h while sip­ping fuel at a rate of 5.4 litres/100 km. The other petrol ver­sion on of­fer, the 1.2-litre four-cylin­der de­vel­ops an ef­fec­tive 88 kW and shares iden­ti­cal fuel con­sump­tion fig­ures with its three-cylin­der sib­ling.

The best-kept se­cret, how­ever, is the 1.5 tur­bod­iesel which, although only rated at 66 kW, pro­duces 220 Nm of torque, has ter­rific ac­cel­er­a­tion for its size, and sips fuel at a miserly 3.6 litres/100 km (claimed). This is the one, in my view, which will have buy­ers queu­ing – with the prospect on much bet­ter fig­ures than the 146 sold in Au­gust this year.

Buy­ers may choose be­tween ei­ther six-speed man­ual and six-speed au­to­matic gear­boxes.

THE RIDE

Tra­di­tion­ally, French cars have sup­ple and com­fort­able sus­pen­sion set­ups, and the new Captur, whether in Blaze or Dy­namique con­fig­u­ra­tion, is a well­built ve­hi­cle that main­tains this tra­di­tion. The Span­ish-built cars re­mained rat­tle­free and com­pletely dust­proof, another sig­nif­i­cant ad­van­tage for those liv­ing in ru­ral ar­eas.

SAFETY

Hill start as­sist on all mod­els may be re­garded as a safety fea­ture, as will the mul­ti­ple (four) airbags, Isofix child seat an­chor points, as well as anti-whiplash head­rests. The Captur’s five-star EuroNCAP rat­ing is the re­sult of ABS brakes with EBA (emer­gency brake as­sist), and an elec­tronic sta­bil­ity pro­gramme to avoid pos­si­ble loss of con­trol in slip­pery con­di­tions.

LAST WORD

There are very few, if any, ve­hi­cles as com­pet­i­tively priced as the new Re­nault Captur range. The warranty – three­year/150,000 km as well as the three­year/45,000 km ser­vice plan - makes the Captur (any model) a real bar­gain. Ser­vice in­ter­vals have been set at ev­ery 15,000 kilo­me­tres or once a year.

With prices start­ing at R229,900 for the 66 kW Blaze, and the 1.5 turbo diesel at R294,900, the range tops out at R309,900 for the 88 kW Dy­namique with its su­per-ef­fi­cient EDC au­to­matic gear­box.

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