Renault Captur Performance & First Drive

Renault Captur Overview

The French automaker for a long time has been deciphering the way to make place in people’s heart. And this is being carried forward through its SUV-esque cars which looks premium and give value for money proposition. Renault Captur is one such car which has been touted as a premium crossover with its stunning looks and mind blowing interiors. It is the expansion of company’s product range in the subcontinent. The SUV is the first car from the Renault that carries the new design language and based on the BO platform. The SUV cum crossover gets the quirky outer profile and premium interiors along with the powerful oil burners. The vehicle carries the 7 seating layout and is placed above the Duster sibling in the country. The SUV segment is the recent years have become increasingly competitive, and Captur has been imbued with the quirky sense of design, premium looking interiors and powerful engines. Carrying its French elements, Renault Captur is steadily making dent in the premium SUV/Crossover space. Request a test drive for Captur in Tryaldrive

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Renault Captur Design & Style

The Captur changes that completely, with the design being completely in-line with Renault’s global design language. So, you get a car with lots of curves, swoops and bold design choices. The doors feature prominent curves to give them definition, while the bonnet has two bulges running the length of it. Prominent up front is also the large Renault logo, which also makes its presence felt on the rear tailgate. Adding to the stance of the car are the large 17-inch alloys, which look pretty good with their combination of diamond polish and black finish. And with its 210mm of ground clearance – highest in the world amongst the Captur versions sold in various countries abroad – the Captur cuts a handsome figure. Like I mentioned to the Renault officials at the test drive, the Captur looks very French – read chich and stylish – in its design and that will be a differentiating factor for many customers. Also, contributing to its design is the dual-tone colour scheme – which, according to company officials was a part of the original design and not an afterthought – which makes the car stand out.

Renault Captur Cabin & Comfort

What Renault is also proud about is the fact that the Captur will come available with most features even on base models – touting two airbags, ABS, brake assist and EBD across the range. The top of the line model is called the Platine and gets leather seats, dual tone interiors and brushed gold vent surrounds. The dash looks much more modern than the Duster’s though it does feel somewhat spartan once you really start paying attention to the details. Some of the materials used feel much harder and scratchier than they have a right to in a car of this class and the 7-inch touchscreen (shared with other Renaults, though running updated software still doesn’t offer Apple/Android integration) still feels behind the times in terms of usability and graphics, not to mention the quirky controls behind the steering wheel remain. We wish the driver’s seat height adjust went lower, at the lowest seat height, we still felt like we were sitting on top of the car and the low roof will definitely annoy drivers over 6 ft tall. The seats themselves offer good thigh support and are wide and supportive. The rear bench will take three passengers in comfort, if they don’t mind rubbing shoulders a bit though knee room is well sorted. The boot is intrusion free and sizable at 392 litres but the rear seat folds as a single bench instead of the usual 60:40 split which is more flexible. Renault supplies a key card instead of a fob though it has to be inserted into the slot next to the start/stop button to get the engine fired up.

Renault Captur Engine & Gearbox

The Captur shares the engines from the Duster. And unlike the diesel engine which is available in two states of tunes in the Duster, the Captur gets only the powerful 110PS and 245Nm of torque, paired to 6-speed manual. Start the engine and you are welcomed by typical clatter of a diesel that settles into the idle mode after a few seconds. Drive the car sedately and it will reduce the remaining clatter coming out of the engine but expect some noise if you are pushing it hard.In city driving, you have to learn a lot as heavy clutch bites quite lately and don’t help much in engine progression. So if you want to get over quickly, you need to apply extra effort on the accelerator and move the needle to over 2000rpm, else the car will feel boring. This directly means that quick overturn in the urban areas will need downshift. But there is enough torque kicking in and driving for a while will make you get accustomed with it. Driving on the open stretches is absolute bliss, the Captur would prove a fantastic companion on longer journeys. Reaching the three digit speed is unnerving while maintaining it is a lot easier.

The petrol engine is the same 1.5L 4-cylinder unit making 106PS and 142Nm of torque. The engine is superbly refined and combined with the adequately insulated cabin, you would hardly hear any engine noise. The least you would hear from the exhaust is when you push the engine hard towards the redline. Driving the petrol Captur is obviously easier and fun-to-drive than the diesel one. Reasons? The relatively lighter clutch which bites quite early and ensures that the driver doesn’t play with the pedal frequently. The engine doesn’t get stuck and the progress is always ready, giving a relaxed driving experience. If you are a calm driver, then the petrol engine won’t let you down and you will feel you are aptly overtaking the car in front of you. At three digit speeds you will definitely want the sixth gear to come in action. There is also an Eco mode if you are really concerned about your wallet. And many would be disappointed with the lack of automatic transmission. The car is being touted as a premium product and the lack of automatic transmission will certainly distract many buyers. Even Duster features a CVT unit, so Renault must look into it.

Renault Captur Ride & Handling

Out on the road, the Captur works quite well, with the cabin featuring excellent visibility. However, the driving seat was mounted a bit too high, and even in its lowest setting, it was too high for my preference. The test cars were all top-of-the-line Platine diesel versions, with the 108bhp engine mated to a six-speed manual gearbox. The fact that this engine is now a generation old is not lost on anyone, and while it works quite well in the Duster, the expected market positioning of the Captur might make this to be a bit on an issue. Frankly put, when trying to accelerate and tackling traffic, the engine has too much turbo lag and has no power below 2,000rpm, which is when the turbo kicks in. However, once on the move, the engine has good throttle response – as long as you keep the revs above 2,00rpm – and is good enough for our conditions. The NVH of the engine too has been worked upon and little of the engine noise or vibration makes it into the cabin of the Captur. The ride and handling, of course, remains excellent as usual, with the Captur tackling whatever the roads throw at it without a worry.

Renault Captur Braking & Safety

Brakes are undoubtedly confidence inspiring and the car comes to halt without any fuss. The vehicle maintains its composure in hard braking situations. And with other braking mechanisms such as ABS with EBD and Brake Assist, you can confidently move ahead irrespective of the road conditions.Other safety measures include 4 airbags, Hill Start Assist, electronic stability control, rear parking camera with sensors, remote central locking and speed sensing auto-door lock.

Renault Captur Cost in Bangalore

Renault Captur Ex-Showroom Price in Bangalore ranges from 9,99,999/- (Captur RXE Petrol) to 14,10,499/- (Captur Platine Diesel). Get best offers for Renault Captur from Renault Dealers in Bangalore. Check for Captur price in Bangalore at carzprice

Renault Captur Conclusion

Equipment wise, Renault claims that the Captur will be very well specced – actual details will only be revealed at launch – with every version of the car being equipped with two airbags, ABS, EBD and Isofix mounts for child seats as standard. And to add to that, the company will also offer an extensive personalisation program – something they are having great success with in Kwid sales – that will offer a myriad of options for customers to personalize their Captur with. A particular hot seller, in the Kwid at least, has been extra chrome fitments on the car, an extensive options list of which will also be offered on the Captur. While some might find the extra chrome horrendous, the average Indian customer, as we all know, loves the stuff, and buys it by the bucket loads.

In essence, the Captur will offer a valid alternative to the Hyundai Creta, which, currently has little or no competition and is doing fantastic sales numbers month-after-month. And that is exactly what Renault wants. However, I would think the Captur’s automatic transmission options should be launched as quickly as possible to expand its potential customer base. And, while it lags behind on the engine front – a newer-generation engine would be very welcome – if priced well, the Captur has a reasonable chance of weening away many of the customer’s looking for an SUV in that segment. So, while it might not be perfect, the Captur definitely has a chance of being yet another sales success for Renault India.

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