Capturing envious glances
Renault adds a feminine touch
LOOKING for a small SUV with hatchback looks and MPV functionality?
Renault says the Captur ticks these boxes and more, so we tested it to find out.
On the design front, the Captur takes the sexy lines from the Clio and manages to keep that sexiness on a bigger, higher riding car.
The sunset orange body colour and black roof, mirror combo is stunning and works best for the Captur and the 17-inch black wheels, LED daytime lights and rear privacy glass tint add to that.
During the week of the test, we got envious glances from the ladies and that proved our feeling that the Captur is more a feminine option.
Inside, the Captur retains the functional layout of the Clio with a gloss black centre console and steering wheel inserts.
The Dynamique standard kit is extensive with leather seats, heated front seats, park assist, electric windows all round, climate control, USB/radio system, Navigation, multi-function steering controls, cruise control all coming standard.
Interior space is good front and rear, however storage space around the cabin could be better for a car with MPV aspirations.
Our test unit had Renault’s 1,2-litre, four-cylinder engine credited with 88 kW/190 Nm and mated to a six-speed dualclutch auto transmission.
The engine proved powerful in everyday highway driving. The gearbox, however, can be frustratingly (sometime dangerously) sloppy on pull-away.
On the open road the engine noise proved very low also owing to very good sound insulation throughout the cabin. Wind and road noise is minimal at best and the Captur proved relaxing on a long-distance drive.
Handling on tar is safe and on rough or dirt roads, our test unit handled itself well barring an occasional trim rattle (probably owing to tough drives by fellow journos).
We averaged 7,7 l/100 km, which is higher than the 5,4 l/100 km claimed by Renault, but still decent for the package.
At R279 900, the Captur 1.2 EDC Dynamique is good value, if you take into account its extensive standard features against the competing cross-overs, where the Ford EcoSport leads the pack with the Nissan Juke also popular and the new Honda HR-V well worth a look (see page 4).
The standard five-year or 150 000 km warranty; threeyear or 45 000 km service plan and a six-year anti-corrosion warranty add to the package.
The sunset orange body colour attracted envious glances from the ladies, hinting the Renault Captur will yet capture the heart of many a female owner.