It’s time to get Captur’ed

2017-12-22 06:00
PHOTO: quickpicThe Renault Captur has nothing to do with state capture, but it should inspire tender feelings in any bargain luxury car hunter’s heart.

PHOTO: quickpicThe Renault Captur has nothing to do with state capture, but it should inspire tender feelings in any bargain luxury car hunter’s heart.

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ARE you looking for an exciting small SUV with hatchback looks and MPV functionality?

Renault deems the Captur that vehicle, so we tested it to find out if it is.

On the design front, the Captur takes the sexy lines from the Clio and manages to keep that sexiness on a bigger, higher riding car.

The two-tone body colour, mirror combo works best on the Captur with the new 16-inch black wheels, LED daytime lights and rear privacy glass tint adding to its feminine look.

Inside, the Captur retains the functional layout of the Clio with a gloss black centre console and steering wheel inserts.

Revisions to the quality fit and finish are obvious and are commended.

The Dynamique standard kit is extensive but the leather seats and heated functionality is optional.

Standard kit includes park assist, electric windows all round, climate control, USB/radio system, navigation, multi-function steering controls and cruise control all coming standard.

Interior space is good front and rear, however, storage space around the cabin could be better for a car with MPV aspirations.

Our test unit had Renault’s 1,2-litre four-cylinder petrol engine credited with 88kW/190Nm mated to a six-speed manual transmission.

The engine proved powerful in everyday highway driving with the manual gearbox being a bit rubbery in shift feel.

On the open road the engine noise proved very low also owing to very good sound insulation throughout the cabin.

Wind and road noise is minimal at best and the Captur proved relaxing on a long-distance drive. Handling on tar is safe even on rough or dirt roads. We averaged 8,4l/100 km, which is higher than the 5,4l/100 km claimed by Renault and is a bit high for the segment.

At R294 900, the Captur 1.2 EDC Dynamique is good value especially when taking its extensive standard features into account.

The standard five-year or 50 000 km warranty; three-year or 45 000 km service plan and a six-year anti-corrosion warranty add to the package. - Sibonelo Myeni.

• Listen to Sibonelo Myeni talk more cars on Ukhozi FM, every Thursday from 7.45 am. - Supplied.


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