Renault Captur Hatchback First Drive

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Renault Captur Overview

Renault started the compact SUV segment with the Duster and it was a huge hit thanks to the butch yet compact styling. With no rivals in the compact SUV space, the Duster had it easy until the Hyundai Creta came along and changed the game. Although the Creta didn’t feel or looked as rugged as the Renault, the Korean car felt much more premium and it ate into the Duster’s sales despite costing a lot more. Now though the French manufacturer is back and is about to launch the Captur, which is essentially a more premium, feature laden and stylish version of the Duster aimed straight at the hot selling Creta. Although it is based on the same MO platform as the Duster, the Captur has no design similarities to the Duster whatsoever and it doesn’t carry over a single body panel too.

Renault Captur Style

The Renault Captur 2017 is based on the same platform on which the Duster is made. However, both Renault Captur and Duster have nothing in common when it comes to exterior design, style and overall looks. Renault Captur seems inspired from European design language with curves, swooped lines and a trendy appearance, which will be liked by people of all ages.

On its front, the Captur boasts a small yet muscular bonnet diving down at the front between well-designed chrome grille and good-looking headlight assembly. The front bumper with integrated C-shaped LED daytime running lamps and fog lamps gels very well with the design language. On its side profile, the 17-inch ‘crystal cut’ wheels look simply superb. The rear has a clean and refreshing design, which goes very well with trendiness of Renault Captur car.

Renault Captur Space

The Captur definitely scores on the outside; however, its interior is bit of a mixed bag. For starters, the dashboard design is an amalgamation of bits from Renault’s latest European models and the tired layout of the Duster. Nonetheless, the highlight inhere is the funky instrument panel with a digital display for the speedometer while the tachometer and the fuel gauge remain analogue. The dash itself is curvy and looks lively compared to the one in the Duster, yet it isn’t as plush or well put together as the competition. You will find hard plastics pretty much all around you and some of the knobs and buttons, like the ones next to the steering column and power window switches, are nowhere as tactile as you would expect in a car of this segment.

The 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system is a familiar item that can be seen in all Renault India models including the Kwid. In the Captur though this system is paired to a better sounding music system and includes a better resolution display. That said, it isn’t as comprehensive as the Compass’ unit nor is it as visually appealing as the Creta’s system. For our first drive, Renault gave us all the top-spec Platine trim that comes with the 7-inch infotainment system, climate control, cruise control, leatherette seats, push button start, automatic LED headlamps and wipers. The Captur though misses out on a couple of essentials like the split folding rear bench and Apple CarPlay/Android Auto connectivity. To know more info on Renault Captur visit Ubvvn

The Captur is quite impressive when it comes to visibility and seat comfort. The frontal view is among the best in class thanks to a large windscreen and thin A-pillars. Even the wing mirrors and the C-pillars aren’t that large, allowing for a clear all-round view. As for space and comfort, the front seats are tastefully trimmed and are fairly large, offering better back and under thigh support than the Duster’s flat seats. The second row, meanwhile, is equally supportive with a bench that offers adequate thigh support and a nicely contoured backrest. Cavernous it’s not, but the Captur’s rear is good enough for two occupants – there’s also an armrest and AC vents at the back for a more soothing ambience. There are a couple of minor annoyances though – firstly, the driving position is too high (even in the lowest setting) and so is the overall window line, the latter of which somewhat hampers the airy feeling. The 392-litre boot capacity is right about average in this segment but the loading area is fully flat and squared out, meaning it’s easier to stuff heavy items.

Renault Captur Performance

The Captur petrol gets a 1.5-litre, four-cylinder engine that makes a healthy 106PS of power, and 142Nm of torque. First impressions of this motor are super positive. It’s as refined as petrol motors get, making nothing more than a mellow purr at idle. Couple that with the well-insulated cabin, and you barely ever hear the engine. It’s only when you really push it towards the redline do you hear the raspy exhaust (which we must admit sounds quite sweet). It reminds us of Honda petrol engines of yore. And that’s a big compliment!

Start driving and it’s immediately apparent that this is going to be a lot easier to drive compared to its diesel counterpart. There are two factors at play here. One, the clutch. It’s noticeably lighter to use compared to the diesel’s. And while the travel is still longish, the clutch bites in early, which ensures you don’t fiddle with the pedal too often inside the city. Second, the petrol motor doesn’t feel bogged down at any point in time. Sure, progress isn’t snap-your-finger quick, but it definitely feels a lot more relaxing compared to the annoying turbo lag and the sudden surge of torque of the diesel engine. If you enjoy driving in a calm manner, and aren’t really bothered with how quickly you can overtake the car in front of you, the Captur will suit your style.

That said, it does manage to take the edge off city driving very well. You can drop down to single-digit speeds in third gear (say when you’re slowing down for a speedbreaker), and simply step on it to make progress. There’s a hint of protest from the engine, sure, but it quickly gets past that. Inside the city, we managed 10.72kmpl. That is slightly better than what we expected it to do. If you’re stuck in a jam often, expect the figures to drop down to single digits.

Even in fifth gear, you can drop down to as low as under 30kmph – really handy on our unpredictable highways. Speaking of which, we expected the Captur petrol to be in its element out on the highway. Sadly, it’s not. Most of this is down to the 5-speed gearbox. At triple-digit speeds, you desperately feel the need for a sixth gear. The engine is ticking over at 3100rpm, which does take a toll on fuel efficiency. On test, we managed to eke out 15.79kmpl from the four-pot on the highway. Bear in mind, there’s no Eco Mode here, so keeping a light right foot is the only way to keep your wallet fat.

Also, since we’re on the subject. Where’s the automatic transmission, Renault? The more affordable Duster sports a CVT even. For something that’s billed as a premium product, the absolute lack of an automatic option doesn’t seem right. We’re sure the two-pedal setup would’ve made the Captur a better city-slicker, as well as a conscious sipper on the highway. Check car loan for Renault Captur at Fincarz.

Renault Captur Driving

Like the Duster, the Captur’s ride quality is exceptional. It smothers even the biggest of potholes with ease and even on rough roads you can maintain a fair clip. In fact, the faster you go, the better the ride. Also Renault has worked hard on the refinement and it has paid dividends. The cabin is very well insulated from the outside and it’s only when you cross the three-digit mark that there’s some wind noise entering the cabin through the A-pillars.

As for handling, the Captur feels very stable at high speeds and rarely gets out of shape. Even at normal speeds, the handling is pretty impressive for a high-riding SUV. There is a bit of body roll due to the soft suspension setup, but never too much. And you always feel in control. It’s not a sporty car though and it feels best when you flow through corners than hustling through them. Even the steering is quite slow off-centre and the irritating steering kickback which is typical of this platform when you encounter mid corner bumps is still there.

Renault Captur Safety

The list of Renault Captur safety features include Front Disc Brakes, Drum on Rear, ABS with EBD, Rear Parking Sensors, Central Locking, Driver & Passenger Airbags, Crash Sensors, Rear Seat Belts, Seat Belt Warning, Power Door Lock, Child Safety Locks, Side & Front Impact Beams, Passenger Side Rear View Mirror, Rear Camera, Centrally Mounted Fuel Tank, Engine Immobilizer, Automatic Headlamps, Follow Me Home Headlamps and ISOFIX Child Seat.

Renault Captur Cost in Hyderabad

Renault Captur On Road Price is 11,76,790/- and Ex-showroom Price is 9,99,999/- in Hyderabad. Renault Captur comes in 5 colours, namely Cayenne Orange,Moonlight Silver,Mahogany Brown,Planet Grey,Pearl White. Renault Captur comes with 2WD with 1498 CC Displacement and 4 Cylinders with Maximum Power 104 bhp@5600 rpm and Peak Torque 142 Nm@4000 rpm DRIVE TRAIN 2WD and reaches 100 KMPH at N/A . Renault Captur comes with Manual Transmission with 2WD .Check for Captur price in Hyderabad at Autozhop.

Renault Captur Conclusion

Put simply, the Captur is an interesting car. At first, it looks like a generic crossover but as you get closer its European design elements stand out and you realise that there is nothing quite like it in this segment – both the Creta and the Compass carry traditional crossover design cues.

The real question here, though, is whether the Captur advances the crossover game forward for Renault. It’s certainly improved over the Duster in many key areas including engine refinement, gearshift quality, cabin ergonomics and ride quality. However, it trails behind its rivals when it comes to interior quality and drivetrain options. Renault, then, have got to play their pricing card right to regain some momentum in the crossover segment. We expect the top-spec Kaptur to come in at a premium of around Rs 1 lakh over the Duster 110PS RxZ.

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