Re­nault Cap­tur

Our chief de­signer is thor­oughly im­pressed with the Cap­tur as he takes it on a drive to Ma­ha­balesh­war

Evo India - - POPULAR RALLY - As­lam Kabeer

Re­nault has hit the sweet spot with the chas­sis when it comes to the ride and han­dling

MY CAP­TUR IS MOSTLY SUB­JECT TO of­fice com­mutes but all work and no play, makes for a bor­ing As­lam, they say. The same ap­plies to the Cap­tur as well which truly be­longs on the high­way. And to stretch its legs, I had in­vited a cou­ple of friends from Mum­bai for a week­end jaunt to Ma­ha­balesh­war.

Well, the Cap­tur is not a par­tic­u­larly spa­cious SUV but the tall seats and open cabin doesn’t make it claus­tro­pho­bic, de­spite hav­ing four, full-sized healthy Mal­lus on board. And mind you, we travel with a lot of lug­gage but that’s where the handy boot comes into play. The bootlip is slightly high but man­age­able. It even man­aged to swal­low our lug­gage for the week­end and we were all set to go.

I have al­ways spo­ken about the Cap­tur’s long legs. And on the high­way, even the not-so-peppy petrol en­gine feels at home. De­spite cruis­ing at 120kmph on the Mum­baiBen­galuru high­way, the Cap­tur man­aged to go 15km on ev­ery litre of fuel. The driv­ing po­si­tion is very SUV-ish too and makes you feel like you’re in com­mand of the ve­hi­cle and also the road. And roads in this part of Ma­ha­rash­tra aren’t re­ally great, mind you. But the Cap­tur, with its vel­vety ride qual­ity, is just so amaz­ing on bad roads! Re­nault has man­aged to hit the sweet spot with the Duster’s chas­sis, when it comes to ride and han­dling and the Cap­tur re­it­er­ated the fact. It even adds a dose of so­phis­ti­ca­tion thanks to the up­mar­ket in­te­ri­ors and well-rounded ex­te­ri­ors (Don’t for­get that As­lam is the in-house chief de­signer - Ed). Hon­estly, the Cap­tur’s de­sign has grown on me and full marks to Re­nault In­dia for that. We all are now aware that the Cap­tur we have isn’t the same as the one that’s sold in EMEA. But the desi Cap­tur looks al­most the same and also gets a very SUV-ish stance in ad­di­tion. For the same rea­son, I now have over 300 pic­tures of the Cap­tur in my photo bank.

I di­gress. The Cap­tur was so im­pres­sive in our bout round the Kham­batki and Pasarni ghats (Gata Loop of Ma­ha­rash­tra. De­bat­able), that some of my friends are will­ing to join the Cap­tur tribe. We are just a hand­ful, so more is al­ways bet­ter. ⌧

Date ac­quired Fe­bru­ary 2019 To­tal mileage 9250km Mileage this month 1876km Costs this month `0 Over­all kmpl 13

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