Renault Captur Overview
Renault Captur is the first crossover for Renault in India and is based on the M0 platform. Captur is positioned above the Renault Duster SUV and will rival the likes of Maruti Suzuki S-Cross and Hyundai Creta. The Renault Captur is an impressive vehicle to look at from all angles and comes across as a premium-looking vehicle. With a curvaceous design, the Captur has a dynamic front, primarily due to the sleek headlamps and the grille. The car is available with both petrol and diesel engine options. Powering the Captur is the same 1.5 litre turbocharged engine that is found in the Duster with an output of 108 hp. The Captur uses Innovative Lighting Systems (ILS) that provides brighter illumination. It also gets LED headlamps with floating side indicators, C-shaped sapphire LED DRLs (Daytime Running Lamps) and Ripple tail lamps as well as 17-inch crystal cut alloys. Inside the Renault Captur features flat-bottomed steering wheel with controls for audio along with other comfort and convenience features like automatic climate control, rear AC vents and cruise control. The safety equipment will consist of ABS (Antilock Braking System) with EBD (Electronic Brakeforce Distribution) and dual front airbags, side airbags, brake assist as well as Electronic Stability Control (ESC) and Hill Start Assist across various variants. Renault Captur in Tryaldrive
Renault Captur Exterior & Style
As looks are subjective, the crossover design of the Captur may not fascinate the onlookers at first glance. One needs to spend some time with the car to form a rapport with the edgy design. The Captur isn’t that tall and traditional boxy SUV, but there isn’t an iota of doubt that it looks like a premium vehicle. The different colour shades, especially the dual-tone shades that the car can be availed with, adds to the novelty factor and grabs eyeballs.
While people may have opinion that the curvy design lends it a compact look but the fact is Captur is the longest and widest vehicle in its class and poses a good road presence. The most striking angle to view the car is the front where you will find all-LED headlights, low mounted daytime running lights and swooping turn indicators. What add more to the French flair is the 17-inch alloy wheels which looks classy and upright under the flared wheel arches. Adding to the ruggedness is the sculpted cladding with chrome strip in the middle while the sloping roofline gives the car a squat stance.
Moving to the rear profile, the car tries hard to shrug off the image of younger sibling Kwid. The wraparound taillights get LED treatment and splits into two sections with one in the tailgate section. The company says LED pilot lamps are arranged in such a way to display the ripple effect but the size should have been bigger. The spoiler is nicely integrated above the windshield while the wiper is adequately sized and covers large portion of the area. The large chrome plate with Captur embossed is similar to what we have seen in the Duster and the rear camera protrudes out from that badge only.
Renault Captur Interior & Space
Access to the car would be a different experience altogether. The Renault Captur features sleek credit-card styled key having all the necessary buttons, unlike the bulky key fob we are used to. This is the same access card key which Renault has been using in its cars Koleos and Fluence. Once you hop onto the driver’s seat, the very first thing you will realize is that the seating position is a bit on the higher side. It seems you are towering over the dashboard and even if you are not seeing the low-set nose, the view is certainly commanding.
The seat cushioning is stiffer as compared to cars such as Duster. But that’s actually a good thing as you won’t feel tired over longer journeys. The seats snug you in place comfortably with ample support for the side and the lower back. Where the seats allow you adjust it for height, reach and angle, the steering wheel only comes with tilt adjustability. But still you are able to get into comfortable driving position. However, if you are taller than you will find your knees rubbing with the centre console while the haircut brushing against the roof lining. It’s because the dash has been crafted with a prominent, bulging centre console.
The design which flows effortlessly from door to door need to be appreciated as it lacks no-frills styling unlike Creta or S-Cross. Relatively, Renault Captur looks more upmarket than the siblings Duster and Terrano. There is a nice balance of the colour palette which incorporates mix of black, white and rose gold. The dashboard also features nice texture finishing which gives a pleasant feeling on touch, although a proper-soft touch would have made it more splendid.
Jumping into the rear seats is a bit difficult due to lack of wide opening. But once you are on the backseat, you would hardly have any qualms. And despite the rising window line, you will not feel besieged or snowed under, rather the tall seating position makes you feel more comfortable. Two six-footers can sit one behind the other with ease while the rear row can absorb three adult passengers but their shoulders will rub with each other’s. The wheelbase is the largest in its class but the occupants will feel that it could have been used more effectively.
Moreover, the 390L of boot space though is sufficient but not the biggest in its class. The good thing is that the opening of the boot is quite wide and you will not feel problem in piling up luggage. Now coming to the tech and gadgetry, the French automaker has added plenty of them including push engine start/stop, cruise control, illuminated cooled glove box, LED ambient lighting, fully automatic temperature control and rear cooling vents. The car also features automatic headlamps, auto wipers as well as touchscreen infotainment as there in Maruti S-Cross.
However, the 7-inch touchscreen infotainment isn’t that great as it resembles the unit currently employed in Renault Kwid. The graphics and colour combination also looks quite similar and though the touch response is better than the Kwid, the display screen is a bit sticky to use. And the downside is, the infotainment also misses on Apple CarPlay and Android Auto which even cars like Hyundai Santro offers. However, the Arkamys tuned sound system with front and rear speakers with 2 tweeters gives you amazing output. The infotainment is further equipped with USB, Aux-In, Bluetooth and Smartphone Voice Support.
In terms of practicality, there are several storage spaces including cup holders in front console, front seat back pockets, rear arm rest with cup holders, front and rear door map pockets, rear parcel shelf and dashboard smart storage. There are also some great design touches in the form of butterfly-shaped instrument cluster which has been provided a nice shade by the dashboard. The instrument cluster incorporates huge digital speedometer in the middle, flanked by analogue tachometer and the fuel gauge. The MID provides information such as distance covered, average fuel consumption, trip distance, average speed, distance to empty and distance travelled among others. Overall, Renault has done a nice job with Captur and there is a lot for the first time buyers in the segment.
Renault Captur Engine & Performance
Renault Captur is available in both – petrol & diesel engine options. The petrol variant gets the 1.5-litre (1498cc) H4K petrol engine that churns 104.55bhp of maximum power at 5600rpm and 142NM of peak torque at 4000rpm. It is mated to a five-speed manual gearbox. For the diesel variant, Renault has used the tried & tested 1.5-litre (1461cc) dCi diesel engine that produces 108.4bhp of maximum power and 240NM of peak torque at 1750rpm. This one gets a six-speed manual gearbox. In the compact SUV segment, the Renault Captur specifications have a wide potential to make it a popular and successful car in very less time.
The Renault Captur mileage figures are quite good. The Petrol Engine with manual transmission claims a fuel mileage of 13.87kmpl, while the Diesel Engine with manual transmission promises a fuel mileage of 20.37kmpl.The car is powered by the same tried and tested engines working in the Duster. The powertrains are tuned to derive maximum fuel efficiency with the petrol one delivering 13.87kmpl, the diesel motor on the other hand, returns 20.37kmpl. The figure looks good on paper but expect the diesel one making around 16kmpl in mix driving conditions.
Renault Captur Driving Dynamics
With a best-in-segment ground clearance of 210 mm, the Captur can easily handle bad roads and do a bit of off-roading too as long as you keep in mind that it doesn’t have a 4×4 system. Ride quality is truly impressive and the Captur glides over bad roads and small potholes. At low speed, the cabin remains largely insulated from road undulations and things only improve as speed builds up. This is primarily down to the right balance of the suspension setup as it isn’t too stiff or soft either.
Renault Captur Safety & Security
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 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 Verdict
The 2017 Renault Captur is an interesting and well-proportioned mid-sized SUV, which gets an attractive, trendy and appealing exterior design, great looking interiors, premium features and a well-refined & responsive engine. During our Renault Captur review and driving tests, we found that this car has everything needed to take Renault’s legacy and popularity forward in the Indian automobile market. What we liked the most is the overall appearance of this car. It is definitely one of the best-looking mid-sized SUVs available today.