Renault Captur pulls away with Caravan Club award
THE Renault Captur has been awarded the title Best Towcar of the Year in the £17,500 to £22,000 category at the 2016 Caravan Club Awards.
The Captur, in DynamiqueNavdCi 110 guise, beat five competitors to secure the win, having been put through its paces to test true ‘caravanability’.
The judging criteria included value for money, load capacity and suitability for accommodating caravan paraphernalia, how easily it could be hooked up to a caravan and the quality of towing information contained in its handbook.
Speaking about the Captur’s practicality as a caravanning vehicle, the judges said: “It was great to see such a diverse variety of vehicles entered in the competition this year. There is a vehicle choice for everyone’s needs, whether you tow a small trailer tent or a large twin-axle caravan.
“On behalf of The Caravan Club, our congratulations go to all the winners and a special mention must go to the Renault Captur, which showed that lightweight, economical cars can make great towcars.”
Sophie Richard, product manager at Renault UK, said: “Captur comes as standard with a number of practical storage and convenience features and with the optional touring pack fitted, the compact crossover is an accomplished and affordable caravanning vehicle. We’re delighted with this award and that judges at The Caravan Club have recognised Captur for its towing and touring abilities.”
Captur’s optional touring pack comprises a quick-release tow-bar, luggage boot net and front centre armrest. Priced at £550, it turns the practical, compact crossover into a convenient and comfortable towing and touring vehicle.
Seven expert driving judges evaluated the Captur for its dynamic abilities and ergonomic qualities, with a test route including tight and twisty ‘country lanes’, 17% hill stops and starts, circuits of a high-speed bowl and reversing tests during a four-day test programme.
The Captur is currently Europe’s best-selling compact crossover and has sold more than 416,000 examples globally since it was launched in 2013.
Priced from £14,295, the Captur is available in four trim levels with a choice of two petrol and two diesel engines, with CO2 emissions as low as 95g/km and combined cycle fuel economy of up to 78.5mpg. The award-winning DynamiqueNavdCi 110 version can tow up to 900kg (braked) and its 110hp 1.5-litre turbodiesel engine has CO2 emissions of 98g/km, placing it in VED Band A, and combined cycle fuel economy of 76.4mpg.
It is priced at £17,695 and comes with a comprehensive specification including 17-inch alloy wheels, handsfreekeycard, climate control, seveninch touchscreen satellite navigation and cornering headlights.
Renault has announced a range of finance offers across its entire model line-up for the coming autumn and winter months for motorists looking for a new 65-plate Renault Captur.
The Caravan Club’s Tow Car of the Year is available with up to £1,833 towards a deposit contribution. With only £179 customer deposit and £1,793 manufacturer deposit contribution, monthly repayments start from £179 on a Selections PCP package.
Alternatively, with a 40% customer deposit, customers can choose a 0% APR four-year hire purchase package with a £1,000 manufacturer deposit contribution.
The New Renault Captur can be seen and test driven at SMC Renault in Aldershot and Weybridge. For more information visit www.smcmotorgroup/ renault or like the SMC Motor Group Facebook or Twitter.
Call SMC Motor Group at 168-170 Oatlands Drive, Weybridge, on 01932 282848 or Ash Road, Aldershot, on 01252 888498.
Top marks for the Renault Captur.