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Renault Captur Facelift Review & First Drive

Renault Captur Overview

The Renault Captur is a car that invites very mixed responses on first impressions. It grabs attention for its genuine European crossover styling but doesn’t have the old-school rugged SUV looks many Indian buyers prefer. And yet, it has the rugged capabilities we fell in love with in the Duster as both cars share their platform. Its tech package has modern bits like LED exterior and interior lighting but the infotainment screen is shared with a budget car, the Kwid. The Captur is powered by very capable petrol and diesel engines and yet, neither one gets the option of an automatic transmission. Something the Captur’s cheaper sibling, the Duster does. So, as a package, the Renault Captur seems to be a rather confusing one. This review clears the confusion to help you reach a simple conclusion. Read on!

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So, has Renault managed to walk the tightrope balancing usability and bling? Yes they have. It’s comfortable, reasonably fun to drive and munches highway miles for breakfast. Of course, there are hiccups – it could’ve been tuned for better everyday drivability, and some more space at the back would’ve been good too. But, neither takes away from the fact that underneath the flash, it’s a sensible crossover. View offers on Renault Cars from Renault dealers in Hyderabad at Autozhop.

Renault Captur Exteriors

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 Interiors

We said it before and we are saying it again, the cabin of the Renault Captur is truly a nice place to be in. The fit and finish are very good and Renault has made use of some good quality plastic and other premium material. The cabin gets dual tone black and ivory treatment with body coloured bezels for the air con vents and centre console, which in this case was red. The cabin also gets matching black and ivory fabric upholstery with faux leather trims and Anodized Rouge Passion or Blue Pacifique interior deco accents. The five-seater SUV offers a good amount of space for five average-sized adults, along with creature comforts like rear AC vents, a centre armrest with cup holders, and a rear charging socket for added convenience.

Being the RXT trim, the features list is also pretty elaborate, with offerings like a 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system, Bluetooth and AUX-IN connectivity for smartphones. Weirdly enough, I was not able to connect my phone via Bluetooth, which essentially seemed like a problem with the unit I had. The Captur petrol misses out on features like Apple Carplay and Android Auto. The Captur also offers an Arkamys-tuned sound system, automatic climate control, cooled glovebox, LED cabin lamps and more. The RXT trim also comes with electrically adjustable and foldable ORVMs, however, the latter function wasn’t working on the model that we had with us. The Captur also gets height adjustable driver’s seat, however, even at the lowest setting the seat is quite high and taller drivers might find it a bit uncomfortable at times, however, it’s no way a deal breaker.

Renault Captur Performance

The Captur borrows the Duster’s 1.5-litre diesel motor. And, unlike the Duster diesel that gets a choice of two engine tunes – the Captur gets the higher 110PS/245Nm spec only. Fire the engine up, and you’re greeted by a typical diesel clatter that settles into a smooth idle. Get going, drive calmly and the insulation is enough to cut out most of the diesel engine’s sound. But, when you push it hard, expect to hear quite a lot of it. Check for Captur in inlnk.in

Petrol

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.

Renault Captur Driving

Driving the Captur calmly inside the city is something you learn to do. The heavy clutch bites in quite late, and when it does – there’s not much progress from the engine. You will have to go heavy on the throttle, and get the engine ticking over 2000rpm if you want to get anywhere quickly. Below the 2k mark, the Captur feels a bit lacklustre. This means that a quick overtake inside the city, will most definitely require a downshift. When the turbo kicks in, it kicks in with all its might. So, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed trying to ‘control’ the surge. But, drive it around for a while and you’d learn to work around it, and time your overtakes to make use of this wave of torque. Roll on times are quite strong – the Captur does 30-80kmph (in third) in 7.77 seconds, and 40-100kmph (in fourth) takes 11.56 seconds. For reference, an all-out 0-100kmph sprint is dealt with in 13.24 seconds. It could be a lot faster, if the ESP wasn’t as obtrusive. Book a test drive for Renault Captur in Tryaldrive.

Out on the highway, the Captur is at absolute ease. It’d make for a fantastic road-tripper. Getting to triple digit speeds is a fuss-free affair, and maintaining it easier still. Slot it into sixth, set the cruise control and let it take over. The open highways seem like the Captur’s natural home. It sips consciously here too – the big Renault returned a respectable 21.09kmpl, whereas the figure was a healthy 15.50kmpl inside the city.

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 Price in Mumbai

Renault Captur On-Road Price in Mumbai ranges from 11,28,386 to 16,51,806 for variants Captur RXE Petrol and Captur Platine Diesel respectively. Renault Captur is available in 10 variants and 5 colours. Below are details of Renault Captur variants price in Mumbai. Check for Captur price in Mumbai at Carzprice.

Renault Captur Round Up

Renault Captur petrol is priced very similarly to its key rival, the Hyundai Creta. In fact, while the base model of the Captur might be marginally more expensive than the Creta’s base trim, the top-end RXT variant is over ₹ 2 lakh cheaper than the top-end Creta petrol. So, is the Captur petrol really worth buying? Well, it should definitely be on your list of considerations. The car comes with a bunch of standard safety features, premium creature comforts, a capable petrol engine, and most of all it stands apart from its box-shaped rivals, with its crossover proportions and colourful palette. However, it does lose out on a few features like a sunroof, or automatic transmission. So if you out in the market to buy a petrol SUV, and do not mind going for something not too mainstream, yet capable and feature packed, the Captur is definitely worth considering.

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