THE Renault Captur’s flowing lines highlight its distinctive proportions, while its large wheels, generous ground clearance, wide tracks and steeply raked, forward-set windscreen, form a unique blend of MPV, SUV and hatchback.
The Captur lends itself perfectly to an extensive personalisation programme, too. With its many permutations of two-tone bodywork, wheel colours, light and dark interior trims, upholstery fabrics and graphic motifs, it will appeal to a particularly broad spectrum of tastes and desires.
The creative freedom enjoyed by Renault's designers, shines through in the features and generous interior space expected of this type of vehicle. Though compact (it is only fractionally longer than the New Clio), the Renault Captur is particularly roomy. The sliding rear bench seat provides the ideal balance of space for passengers and their luggage. In the passenger compartment, two ingenious innovations underline its character as a truly user-friendly vehicle: a large drawer-type glove box, which is easy for the driver to reach and holds 11 litres, and the availability of removable seat covers, which can be unzipped, machine-washed and refitted.
Meanwhile, the in-dash Renault R-Link multimedia tablet provides access to a whole new level of connectivity, with an ever-expanding library of dedicated motoring applications.
The raised driving position is both comfortable and confidence-inspiring, as are the car's passive safety features, road-holding and braking performance. Credit for this vehicle’s ride comfort goes to the B platform, which it shares with the New Clio.
Driving pleasure and fuel economy are the common denominators of the Captur's 100 percent turbo engine line-up. Available petrol engines include the Energy TCe 90 (three cylinders and just 898cc) and the TCe 120 EDC (four cylinders and 1 198cc). The latter is available exclusively with Efficient Dual Clutch (EDC) transmission, which delivers outstanding driving comfort. When it comes to diesel power, the Energy dCi 90 only uses 3.6 litres/100km, which are record low figures for the Captur's class. This model will also become available with EDC transmission, at a later date.