Cap­tur­ing en­vi­ous glances

Re­nault adds a fem­i­nine touch

The Witness - Wheels - - MOTORING - SIBONELO MYENI

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.

• imo­toon­line.co.za

PHOTO: QUICK­PIC

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.

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