Re­nault’s com­pact, stylish pack­age

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THIS is one cross­over de­signed to Cap­tur the imag­i­na­tion.

Re­nault has en­sured its com­pact SUV is a stylish cus­tomer in­side and out with a host of op­tions cater­ing for that per­sonal touch.

The Cap­tur uses the same plat­form as its Clio su­per­mini, but in­cludes a raised ride height giv­ing that all im­por­tant panoramic SUV-view of the mo­tor­ing world.

Up­dated last year, the French com­pany’s small­est cross­over is for those who feel a su­per­mini is too small but don’t want to step up to a full-fat SUV.

The changes are by no means rad­i­cal with a slight ad­just­ment to the face of the car, plus the use of more up­mar­ket in­te­rior ma­te­ri­als as well as ex­tra good­ies help­ing to jus­tify the £18,000-plus price-tag for this Dy­namique S model – one of six trims avail­able.

The mo­tor­ing fash­ion­istas among you will be glad to hear of the Cap­tur’s abil­ity to turn heads thanks to mus­cu­lar, mod­ern good looks fea­tur­ing natty front lights, an eye-catch­ing grille and front bumper combo plus neat al­loy wheels.

The cabin is sim­i­larly up to date with com­fort­able, sup­port­ive seats as well as in­tu­itively set out and good-look­ing switches and di­als, with a cen­tral touch­screen giv­ing ac­cess to an ef­fi­cient sat-nav sys­tem.

But where the Cap­tur re­ally scores is with the bl­iz­zard of op­tions al­low­ing you to make the car truly your own. There are more than 30 po­ten­tial com­bi­na­tions to tai­lor it to your re­quire­ments with six choices of colour – ivory, blue, brown, red, chrome and or­ange – and seven dif­fer­ent in­te­rior packs.

You can have spe­cial trim and in­serts for all man­ner of things in­clud­ing the steer­ing wheel, cen­tre con­sole and air vents. As you move up the price-list many of the style and colour choices are in­cluded as stan­dard so you don’t have to spend a for­tune on ex­tras to get a Cap­tur just for you.

It also man­ages to marry style with prac­ti­cal­ity as the needs of a fam­ily are well catered for – par­tic­u­larly with re­gard to boot and cubby hole space.

The Cap­tur can swal­low a sur­pris­ing mount of lug­gage or shop­ping thanks to the 377-litre boot which can be ex­panded to 1,235 litres by fold­ing the rear seats flat into the floor.

Large door pock­ets and bins cater for most nik-naks – aided and abet­ted by a stowage box on top of the dash­board.

There’s plenty of seat and steer­ing wheel ad­just­ment en­sur­ing the driver can get com­fort­able be­hind the wheel, while the 60/40 split rear seat can be slid for­wards and back­wards al­low­ing pas­sen­ger and boot space to be var­ied.

Head and legroom are well catered for so the Cap­tur is a pleas­ant place to spend the rigours of a long jour­ney.

The 900cc three-cylin­der petrol en­gine pro­vides a sur­pris­ingly punchy per­for­mance, es­pe­cially around town, while fuel econ­omy and car­bon diox­ide emis­sions en­sure run­ning costs won’t break the bank.

The 88bhp tur­bocharged unit is prob­a­bly the pick of an en­gine range that also fea­tures a 1.2-litre petrol and 1.5dCi diesel.

The Cap­ture is com­fort­able to drive rather than ex­cit­ing with a sus­pen­sion that copes with all but the most vi­cious pot bunkers – sorry holes – littering our roads.

Re­nault’s com­pact SUV is a stylish pack­age that has al­ready gar­nered its share of fans and looks set to con­tinue win­ning lots more.

Re­nault Cap­tur

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