Renault Captur Test Drive

Renault Captur Overview

While it still hasn’t quite reached the heights of its Indo-Japanese and Korean rivals, Renault has been making some interesting cars for the Indian market. While the levels of success seen by its models have been mixed, the French carmaker now wants to make a stronger impression in the mid-size SUV/crossover segment. But let’s face it, the competition here is pretty tough.The Hyundai Creta has more or less become the epitome of maximum bang-for-the-buck when it comes to features, while the newly arrived Jeep Compass has stirred up the market with its true-blue SUV credentials. The car that Renault thinks has what it takes to challenge these two is the Captur.

Here’s where a bit of confusion begins, though. No, this is not the same Captur that’s sold in Europe. That one is built on the Clio platform, and thanks to the Euro-spec bells and whistles, would’ve cost a bomb to bring here. The Captur we’re getting is one that’s specifically made for emerging markets, built on the company’s M0 platform that’s proven its mettle in the Duster. In fact, it’s already gone on sale in Russia but is spelt ‘Kaptur’ thanks to the the letter ‘C’ being pronounced as ‘S’ in the Cyrillic alphabet.

Renault Captur Style

The Renault Captur is a global SUV which is being launched in India too. This is a contemporary looking vehicle which doesn’t look like a typical SUV, but more of a crossover. It is built using the Duster platform(M0) but does not look rugged or tough like the Duster. It rather looks more sophisticated, stylish and urban. In short – good looking!

Front

The front of the Captur is attractive and reminiscent of many modern Renault vehicles globally. It gets a sleek front grille and stylish headlamps. These headlamps are full LED one and are powerful too. They have intergrated indicators which glow dynamically and look appealing. The bumper is well integrated and doesn’t seem to be added separately. There are datime running LEDs on the bumper next to the fog lamps.

Side

From the side it has crossover proportions. The first thing to strike is the massive ground clearance, which measures 210mm. This is enormous! Enough for the deadliest of bad roads. This is a boon if you often travel upcountry. There is a groove on the side, which gives it a slightly muscular look. The roof is available in a contrasting colour and can be customised. The Captur gets 17-inch alloy wheels which look attractive.

Rear

The rear is not much to be talked about. It gets LED taillamps , which are not very big in size. There is a chrome door sill with Captur badging and there is also a rear spoiler which is integrated. There is a scuff plate below the rear bumper. The rear reminds you of the Kwid, somewhat.

Renault Captur Space

Renault has introduced a new top-end variant known as the ‘Platine’ edition. This variant gets black and white leather seats and gold surrounds around the AC vents and Media-Nav. The leather seats not only look neat but also offer good cushioning and back support. However, under thigh support is lacking for tall passengers in both rows. The rear seat too has just about average headroom and kneeroom for tall passengers. This may come to you as a surprise since the Duster has tons of space but the truth is that the Captur has a smaller-sized cabin. Seating position is high too, which gives a commanding view of the road on the upside but this also eats away the headroom.

The upward sloping shoulder on the window line makes the rear glass smaller and this gives out a feeling of reduced spaciousness in the cabin. Renault has added some leather inserts on the door panel, which is a good thing but overall plastic quality could have been better since Renault is calling it a premium SUV. There are good number of features in the cabin. To start with, Renault is offering automatic headlamps and rain sensing wipers. You get LED cabin lights, ambient lighting, new digital speedometer ISOFIX child seat mounts and a cooled glove box which has the depth to keep long items.

The Duster-inspired 7-inch touchscreen audio system houses the display of the reversing camera. The software has now been optimised to boot faster but Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are surprisingly missing. Other standard features include keyless entry, push button start and automatic climate control with rear AC vents. The ARKAMYS-tuned sound system churns out some good quality sound. Boot space is at par with the Duster and the rear seat has an option of dropping down completely but there is no 60:40 split. To know more info on Renault Captur check Trauma2011

Renault Captur Performance

Renault offers the tried-and-tested 1.5-litre H4K petrol mated to a five-speed manual and a 1.5-litre K9K diesel motor with a six-speed manual on the Captur in India for now. On our first drive, we got the diesel version and we were quite impressed with it. This DCi motor makes 110hp and 240Nm like in the more powerful version of the Duster, but refinement levels have really hit a new high. On the Captur, this engine is the quietest it’s ever been.

This 1.5 DCi motor has always had a bit of turbo lag and it’s the same story with the Captur. However, once spooled up, power delivery is punchy and the motor pulls strong and smooth almost all the way up to 4,700-4,800rpm. Power doesn’t trail off rapidly like a typical diesel and this makes the Captur rather fun to drive. Of course, if it had delivered 20-30hp more, it would’ve been absolutely perfect. But it’s not that the Captur feels underpowered at speed. With a wide powerband like this, overtaking manoeuvres are a breeze. And combined with the car’s solid stability on wide open roads and fairly high speeds, it has all the makings of a great highway cruiser. Check for car loan interest rate.

Renault Captur Driving

Just as other Renault cars, the Captur too offers excellent ride quality. It gobbles up most of the potholes with ease and keeps you comfortable. This has been one of the biggest USPs of the Duster, and the Captur carries the same legacy. The cabin is also pretty silent. One can be very comfortable in this vehicle and there are no doubts about it.In terms of handling, it was surely impressive. There is minimum body roll and this is despite the super high ground clearance. The steering feedback is similar to the Duster, which is excellent. The steering though feels heavy at parking speeds.

Renault Captur Safety

The Renault Captur will get dual front airbags along with ABS and EBD. The SUV also gets Brake Assist. Renault’s sales and service network in India is limited in reach and the company still has a long way to go when compared to some of its immediate rivals. However, the French automaker is progressively increasing its dealership reach in the country.

Renault Captur Cost in Ahmedabad

Renault Captur On-Road Price in Ahmedabad ranges from 10,86,031 to 17,25,228 for variants Captur RXE Petrol and Captur Platine Mono Diesel respectively. Renault Captur is available in 10 variants and 5 colours. Below are details of Renault Captur variants price in Ahmedabad.Check for Captur price in Ahmedabad at Autozhop.

Renault Captur Conclusion

The Renault Captur is certainly a very interesting proposition in this mid-size SUV space. With its typical ‘European Renault’ design owing to the shorter bonnet creating a cab-forward design, it looks like nothing else we’ve seen in this space in India. And that really earns it some strong brownie points against its competition. That said, the interiors, especially the choice of materials, do leave a bit to be desired. However, when it comes to the driving experience, there’s a lot of similarity to the other Renaults we’ve driven in India before, but it also manages to do some things a bit better.

In many ways, it’s like a dressed-up Duster – a Duster++ if you will – and that’s not a bad thing at all, considering just how capable the Duster actually is.

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