Re­nault Cap­tur

Our de­sign head can’t un­der­stand why he doesn’t see too many Cap­turs on the road

Evo India - - EVO FLEET - As­lam Kabeer

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

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