Our design head can’t understand why he doesn’t see too many Capturs on the road
SHOES MAKETH THE MAN. OR was that clothes? Or watches? Not sure but I firmly believe the car you drive says a lot about who you are. And I’ll be the first to admit, a hatchback doesn’t really say much about me.
Anyway, I’ve finally got a car that’s more suited to my personality. First things first, I’m a design guy and the Captur suits my design sensibilities. It is a nice looking SUV and I don’t think anybody can really fault its styling. What it isn’t is in-your-face, but I don’t think the whole world wants to be a bully, and there is something to be said about a conventionally handsome car that isn’t overdone. Plus my Captur is red and there isn’t anything on the evo India fleet that stands out so loud and proud!
The interiors though could have been done better and I think the biggest drawback is the infotainment that cannot hold a candle to the modern CarPlay and Android Auto equipped systems with their neat menus and responsive touchscreens. What I also took time to get used to are the audio controls on the stalk behind the steering wheel to the right. The Ed says it’s the quirky French touch. Even the credit card shaped key is quirky but I don’t have a problem with that.
What do I like about the Captur? The ride quality. I was driving the Creta for a few weeks before this and the ride on the Captur is so much more robust. Speedbreakers can be taken at twice the speed with half the impact. And you don’t have to slow down at all for broken patches, as demonstrated by the editor when he took the car for a quick lunch and returned with it cloaked in dust after he took a shortcut (which he never dares to take on his own long term cars) and indulged in some Desert Storm antics. Thanks to that I can also reveal another insight into Captur ownership — it looks better clean than dirty.
To go with the ride, the steering wheel is nice and robust with a thick rim and, as my OCD colleague Abhishek Wairagade keeps reminding me, it has hydraulic power steering. Don’t ask me about the technical difference, but what I can tell you is that in real life it gives me more confidence and also makes me more involved in what the car is doing. Somehow I feel more connected to the car; I enjoy driving the car more.
Oh, before I forget, this Captur is the petrol. What do I think about that engine? Watch this space next month for I’ve run out of space for now. ⌧
Date acquired Feb 2019 Total mileage
1850km Mileage this month 470km Costs this month ` 0 Overall kmpl 10.1