Renault aiming to Captur(e) crossover success


With the market for compact crossovers increasing as more people continue to shy away from traditional SUV’s, Renault has become the latest to add its name to the list of competitors in the form of the new Captur.

Slotting in between the Duster and Koleos, the Captur uses the same platform as the smash-hit Clio and the equally popular Nissan Juke, and will initially be available in two trims levels with the option of a similar drivetrain selection, and in front-wheel drive.

Touted by the French marque as being the “crossover that has it all”, the Captur, which has proved to be a success with 194 000 units having been sold in Europe since its debut in 2013, is said to offer the attributes of a SUV but with the spaciousness of a MPV and dynamism of a hatch.

Looking very much like a hiding Clio, the newcomer further borrows from its hatch derivatives with the fitment of seven-touch touchscreen infotainment system, incorporating Renault MediaNav system and Arkamys audio, on all models. Higher-spec models also come standard with LED daytime-running lights, 17-inch alloy wheels and leather interior.

Starting-off the range, the base Expression and range-topping Dynamique uses the same 898 cc three cylinder turbocharged petrol engine that powers the Clio, and whose output remains unchanged at 66 kW and 135 N.m of torque. Likewise, a five-speed manual is the sole transmission available.

Performance-wise, Renault claims the three pot will accelerate from 0-100 km/h in 13.0 sec before topping out at 171 km/h. Combined fuel consumption is rated at 4.9 L/100 km and emissions at a meagre 113 g/km.

Available only with the latter trim, the flagship Captur uses a detuned version of the 1.2-litre turbocharged four cylinder petrol unit that does duty in Megane.

Mated solely with a six-speed EDC dual clutch box, it produces 88 kW and 190 N.m of torque. Top speed is 192 km/h with the 0-100 km/h dash over in 10.9 sec. Combined consumption is a claimed 5.4 L/100 km with emissions coming in at 125 g/km.

A five year / 100 000 km warranty and three year / 45 000 km service plan is standard on all models.



0.9 TCe Expression 66 kW / 135 N.m R219 900
0.9 TCe Dynamique 66 kW / 135 N.m R239 900
1.2 TCe Dynamique EDC 88 kW / 190 N.m R279 900


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