Last Word First
As the motoring world continues its trend to go high-rise, the latest Renault Captur sends a renewed street vibe to anyone seeking to add elevation to their mobility that, since its first guise in 2013, has been well received in driveways nationwide. It was the best selling B-segment Crossover across Europe in 2016, so don’t just take my word for it.
2018 Renault Captur Specification
Style: B-segment Sub-Compact Crossover
Engine; 1.5 litre DCi, 4-cylinder
Transmission: 6-speed manual
Drive: Front-wheel drive, with
CO2 Emissions: 98g/km
Road Tax Band: A2
Annual Road Tax: €190
Boot Space: 377 litres, 455 litres with rear seats forward, 1,235 litre with seats folded
Introductory Price: €20,290
Test Car Price, (with options): €26,665
Renault Clio – just to compare
Boot space, with rear seats folded: 1,146 litres
Some of the Competition
SEAT Arona, Citroen C3 Aircross, KIA Stonic, Suzuki Vitara, Mazda CX3, Peugeot 2008, Honda HRV, Ford EcoSport, Dacia Duster, Fiat 500L Trekking, Nissan Juke, Toyota C-HR, Hyundai Kona, Opel Crossland X
The new 2018 model Captur looks more Sports Utility Vehicle, (SUV), than before, wearing new headlights, skid plates front and back, half-moon LED daytime running lights, chrome accents and that Renault diamond dominating its grille. Add the two-tone paint, Desert Orange body with black roof and pillars as on my test car, and the Captur is well able to vogue its way down any street.
Renault have a myriad of personalisation options for Captur, from body and roof colours, wheels to trim, giving the new owner huge input on what décor delights them for their term of ownership.
Sitting on the same chassis as the Clio, the Captur offers more space in all areas. My test car came in Signature trim, with heated leather front seats, reversing camera and Grip Xtend, their traction control system that together with mud & snow tyres, helping to keep the Captur in line whilst everyone else is going squirrely. Android Auto, but not Apple CarPlay was on my cars menu, as was Renault’s R-LINK Multimedia system and a 7” touchscreen.
Time was it would require a vast amount of more yo-yo’s to sit into a car with the specification of my test car. Now the small city car must deliver on the toys, the comfort and the safety. The interior of my Captur test car was undoubtedly well equipped and possessed enough technology to warrant the new owner undergoing a night course. I would have liked to have seen more contrast within the cabin, just to break up the blackness, but that aside, there is little extra to want from the Captur.
On the Road
As an everyday family/commuter choice, the Captur, as powered by the 110bhp turbo-diesel of my test car, will tick a huge amount of boxes for most people. It drives pretty neutral and while not as taut on the road as its smaller sibling, the Clio, it delivers a dependable drive, with an average consumption during my week of 4.5l/100km, with me taking things calm and careful, not the usual mania that city driving inflicts and demands, mixed with my daily forays across the length of the M50.
The Captur sits in the B-segment amid a plethora of ravenous sub-compact Crossovers. Anyone shopping here needs to create a definitive list of their current and future driving needs, make arrangements to test drive the top three – five if possible – and only then decide. Cars like Captur make it very difficult to choose. That’s how good it and its mates are. Enjoy the hunt.
Renault Captur Standard Specification
16" Adventure alloy wheels with black inserts, ABS with EBA (Emergency Brake Assist), Automatic headlights and rain sensitive front wipers, Cruise control and speed limiter, FM/AM/DAB tuner, 2x20W speakers, Bluetooth audio streaming and hands free calls, USB and AUX sockets, smartphone cradle, HSA (Hill Start Assist), Hands free keycard with push button Start/Stop function, Manual air conditioning
Additional Specification for my Test Car:
17" Emotion alloy wheels with black inserts, Automatic climate control with one-touch quick demist function and air quality regulator, two-tone paint, Front and rear parking sensors, Grip Xtend advanced traction control system includes Mud & Snow tyres, Renault R-LINK Multimedia system including 7" touchscreen, TomTom LIVE Satellite Navigation system (includes 36 months LIVE services subscription), compatible with Android Auto, Reverse parking camera, Automatic folding door mirrors, Leather steering wheel, Full LED front headlamps, Extra tinted rear windows
Following Options on Test Car
Metallic Paint: RRP €575
Handsfree Parking and Blind spot warning: RRP €600