Re­nault cap­tures ex­cite­ment for its fresh su­per­mini

Yorkshire Post - Motoring - - FRONT PAGE - Carmel Ste­wart

THE lat­est cross­over to roll into the show­room this sum­mer will be the Cap­tur from Re­nault which will sit un­der the “su­per­mini” ban­ner – the first of its type from the French man­u­fac­turer.

Its cross­over cre­den­tials are earned by virtue of its style and driv­ing po­si­tion of an SUV, the cabin space and ver­sa­til­ity of an MPV and the driv­ing dy­nam­ics.

UK prices are a com­pet­i­tive £12,495 on­the-road.

It comes with four trim lev­els – Ex­pres­sion, Ex­pres­sion+, Dynamique Me­di­aNav and Dynamique S Me­di­aNav.

Stan­dard spec in­cludes 16-inch al­loys wheels, body coloured bumpers, cruise con­trol and all the straight and nar­row driv­ing aids – elec­tronic sta­bil­ity con­trol, elec­tronic trac­tion con­trol – as well as all­round elec­tric win­dows and hill start as­sist.

Op­tions are ex­ten­sive and split into three themed col­lec­tions: Arizona, Man­hat­tan and Mi­ami. Each theme then of­fers a choice of four packs (three on Mi­ami): colour, ex­te­rior gloss, in­te­rior touch and style. In ad­di­tion buy­ers can se­lect one of three de­cals for roof, bon­net and tail­gate (de­pend­ing on de­sign).

Very clever touches in­clude zipped re­mov­able, wi­peable and wash­able seat cov­ers, dual height boot floor with re­versible cover and slid­ing rear seat bench.

The three en­gines are all tur­bocharged and in­clude the all-new 1.2litre TCe 120 EDC as well as the 0.9 TCe 90 and 1.5litre dCi 90. The dCi 90 EDC (ef­fi­cient dual clutch) fol­lows later in 2013. For those with an eye on econ­omy Stop&Start is stan­dard on ev­ery man­ual.

UK or­der­ing opens next month and cars will be in the show­rooms at the be­gin­ning of July.

But it will have some tough com­pe­ti­tion. This B-seg­ment cross­over class has a num­ber of well-es­tab­lished names. Led by its sis­ter Al­liance car, Nis­san Juke, the mar­ket’s al­ready grow­ing fast on the back of the MINI Coun­try­man and the slightly larger Chevro­let Trax and Vaux­hall Mokka. It’s ex­pected to ex­plode even more with the fu­ture launches of ri­vals such as the Fiat 500X, Ford EcoSport and Peu­geot 2008.

UP HILL: The Re­nault Cap­tur ‘su­per­mini’ is due to reach the UK this sum­mer.

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