Renault Captur Overview
The Renault Captur crossover has spawned off the Duster platform. The Captur is built on the BO platform and will be the first one to introduce Renault’s new design language in India. The five-seat premium crossover from Renault has been be positioned above the Duster SUV in India.
Unlike the traditional square lines, the Renault Captur gets curvy-body lines and flared wheel arches. The rising hemline gives the roof a coupe-like effect, while the front gets a horizontally slotted smiley grille with Renault’s diamond logo at the centre. The top-spec version comes loaded with full LED headlamps, C-shaped DRLs and LED tail lamps along with 17-inch diamond cut alloys.
The Captur being a premium offering from Renault, gets unique white and gold interior while the AC vents will get chrome inlays. In terms of features the crossover gets a leather upholstery, electrically adjustable driver seat and a 7-inch touchscreen display in the centre-console with smartphone integration via Bluetooth, voice command and GPS navigation. Automatic climate control is standard along with electrically operated wing mirrors, cruise control and steering mounted audio controls.
Under the hood, the Captur will be offered with the same engine options as the Duster. The 1.5-litre H4K petrol engine develops 108bhp of power and 142Nm of torque and comes mated to a five-speed gearbox. The 1.5-litre K9K diesel will be offered with a six-speed manual gearbox to transfer the 109bhp of power and 240Nm of torque to the front wheels. The petrol version will get an optional CVT transmission while the diesel is limited to manual transmission option. In terms of safety, the Renault Captur gets dual front airbags as standard along with ABS and EBD, brake assist, hill-start assist and electronic stability control. It also gets ISOFIX standard fitments for child seats along with rear parking sensors.
Renault Captur Exterior & Style
The Captur is a bona fide result of the evolving crossover design trend in recent years. The segment has become increasingly competitive and accordingly, the Captur has been imbued with a quirky sense of style. It looks eccentric and very French, thanks to certain design elements like the gaping grille (with the large Renault logo) that meets the edges of the headlights, the C-shaped daytime running lights and the large front bumper. The all LED headlights are superbly intricate as are the 17-inch alloy wheels with their textured inlays.
These design highlights matched to a long and wide profile with a high stance ensure that the Captur looks modern and edgy enough to gain stares in a segment that’s becoming more stylish each time a new product is released. The Captur also scores well on the customisation bit as Renault is offering several styling add-ons in the form of roof graphics, external chrome trim, metal side steps and a rear bumper guard. All in all, the Captur builds on Renault’s recent global crossovers and appears quite stylish but is it better looking than the rough and ready Duster? We will let you be the judge.
Renault Captur Interior & Space
When it comes to Renault Captur interiors, there is a lot to talk about. It is one of the most attractive and premium-looking car from inside as well. The dashboard layout and design is much better than what is found on the Duster. It looks fresh, decent yet dynamic with butterfly-shaped instrument cluster, large digital speedometer with tachometer and a fuel gauge. The cabin is lighted with ambient LED lights that look really cool and premium. The plastics used are of decent quality.
The top-end variant of Renault Captur features a 7-inch touch-screen infotainment system with Bluetooth, Aux-in and USB connectivity options. It also supports voice command, navigation and acts as a rear camera display, when needed. However, it misses Android Auto and Apple CarPlay connectivity. Other features on the inside include steering mounted controls, cruise control, electrically operated wing mirrors and automatic climate control, which is a standard feature acoss all variants.
2017 Renault Captur is quite a comfortable car. The two-tone white-and-black leatherette seats are very comfortable and they look good too. It offers good under-thigh support, knee room, back support and shoulder room, which makes Captur a perfect car for long journeys. Even three average adults on the rear won’t have any complaints regarding space and comfort. The rear gets its own set of AC vents too.
Renault Captur Engine & 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! To know more details on Renault Captur check Mpculture
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. There’s just a second separating it from the diesel-powered Captur in a 0-100kmph sprint. But what raises an eyebrow are the in-gear acceleration figures — 30-80kmph in third gear takes an additional 3.61 seconds, whereas 40-100kmph in fourth is a yawn-inducing 8.6 seconds slower. Clearly then, the Captur isn’t for anyone looking at a fast SUV for highway mile munching. It’s more suited to relaxed drives in and around the city.
Renault Captur Driving Dynamics
Like the Duster, the Captur simply devours bad roads and manages to hover across giant potholes without unsettling itself. Yes, it is slightly stiff when compared to the Duster but the trade-off to this is better high speed poise when driving over undulated roads. Perhaps the most impressive bit is the way it rebounds quickly from any sharp bump you might encounter, regaining composure almost immediately. The only minor downside though, is the amount of noise that filters into the cabin. Over coarse-chip surfaces the interior plastics rattle a little too much and overall there’s some noticeable wind noise, too.
Renault Captur Safety & Security
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 Pune
Renault Captur On Road Price is 11,86,647/- and Ex-showroom Price is 9,99,999/- in Pune. 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 Pune at Tryaldrive.
Renault Captur Final Word
So, should you give the Captur petrol a shot? Absolutely. The refined engine is easy to drive, and feels just right for city use. You’d have to be a bit careful and drive with a light right foot. Because we do see it being a guzzler if not driven frugally. And yes, it isn’t the most exciting car to drive. But, it does an excellent job if you want nothing more than a relaxed commuter.
What’s good is that the Captur comes across as pretty good value for money. At Rs 11.5 lakh (ex-showroom), it undercuts the Creta SX by almost a lakh. And, when you break out the magnifying glass and run through the brochures, you’d find it doesn’t skip on any major features either. Add in the bumper discounts, and you’ve got a package that becomes almost tempting.