Cap­tur is a firm favourite

Cynon Valley - - MOTORSWALES - PETER HAY­WARD news­desk@waleson­

THE lat­est ver­sion of the Re­nault Cap­tur can only build on the huge sales suc­cess the car has been in this coun­try.

Since the model was launched, it has be­come Re­nault’s best-sell­ing car here, with its ex­cel­lent com­bi­na­tion of com­fort, space and low run­ning costs.

But now the 1.5 diesel en­gine has been up­dated and im­proved to pro­duce 110bhp in its most pow­er­ful guise, yet still gives ex­cel­lent econ­omy and very low emis­sions.

And at the same time the small SUV was given the lat­est Re­nault fam­ily look, a more lux­u­ri­ous in­te­rior and a bet­ter con­nected R-Link com­mu­ni­ca­tions sys­tem.

It’s a swish look­ing fam­ily­size car with raised ride height giv­ing great vi­sion all round and, of course, the higher driv­ing po­si­tion that so many SUV own­ers like.

Al­though none of the mod­els in the range have four-wheel drive, it is a real com­peti­tor for all the other smaller SUVs on the mar­ket, be­cause very few of them have it ei­ther.

I drove the mid-range Dy­namique S Nav and the amaz­ingly smooth diesel is quiet and re­fined at all times.

It pulls hap­pily from just above tick­over in sixth gear with­out any sign of a grum­ble and that’s a feat very few oth­ers can match.

The ride is ex­cel­lent at low speeds in town – the bug­bear of so many oth­er­wise good cars – and it takes speed humps com­pletely in its stride.

It’s also com­posed and safe through the cor­ners, with­out the roll that other SUVs suf­fer from and, while the steer­ing is a lit­tle lack­ing in feed­back, it is pre­cise and its light­ness makes park­ing a breeze.

There’s a leather cov­ered steer­ing wheel, key­less en­try and start­ing, cruise con­trol, col­umn stereo con­trols, cli­mate con­trol and a DAB stereo with all the right in­puts.

The Cap­tur is a very good car all round, and I’m not sur­prised it’s be­come such a good seller.

Re­nault Cap­tur dci 110 Dy­namique S Nav

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