Renault Captur Overview
While it still hasn’t quite reached the heights of its Indo-Japanese and Korean rivals, Renault has been making some interesting cars for the Indian market. While the levels of success seen by its models have been mixed, the French carmaker now wants to make a stronger impression in the mid-size SUV/crossover segment. But let’s face it, the competition here is pretty tough.The Hyundai Creta has more or less become the epitome of maximum bang-for-the-buck when it comes to features, while the newly arrived Jeep Compass has stirred up the market with its true-blue SUV credentials. The car that Renault thinks has what it takes to challenge these two is the Captur.
Here’s where a bit of confusion begins, though. No, this is not the same Captur that’s sold in Europe. That one is built on the Clio platform, and thanks to the Euro-spec bells and whistles, would’ve cost a bomb to bring here. The Captur we’re getting is one that’s specifically made for emerging markets, built on the company’s M0 platform that’s proven its mettle in the Duster. In fact, it’s already gone on sale in Russia but is spelt ‘Kaptur’ thanks to the the letter ‘C’ being pronounced as ‘S’ in the Cyrillic alphabet. Book a test drive for Renault Captur in Hyderabad at Tryaldrive.
Renault Captur Exteriors
The Captur’s crossover design may not appeal to all at first glance. But, spend some time with it and the edgy design grows on you. We once parked it next to a Duster at a restaurant and were pleasantly surprised at how mature the Captur looked. Yes, it isn’t as tall as a conventional boxy SUV, but there’s no doubt that it looks like a premium offering.
Will you give it a second glance? Oh yes. It’s got a bit of novelty on its side for now, and the bright orange colour our test car wore only aided the eye-ball grabbing. There are some premium car elements here too. That includes the full-LED headlamps and the Audi-like ‘dynamic’ turn indicators. Low beam has a wide spread and a long throw too. But, in terms of illumination – it felt just a bit brighter than the LED projectors we’ve used in the Ignis or the Dzire.
The profile and the rear are a notch understated compared to the face. The design here has some understated French flair, which is going to be an acquired taste for most. That said, the 17-inch wheels look classy, and the 215/60R17 tyres look just right sitting under the flared wheel arches.
The two-tone is well-executed, and it’s easy to see why Renault say the Captur was designed to sport a dual-tone paint scheme even since it was conceptualised. Keep in mind that the dual-tone combination will be an option. There’s quite a lot of customisation options on offer as well, which should give you the liberty to deck the Captur up the way you want to. From the rear, the Captur tries hard to shrug off the resemblance to the little Kwid. The tail lamps, the bumper and the windscreen all look like polished, grown-up version of the hatchback. That’s not necessarily a bad thing in our books, though.
Renault Captur Interiors
The interiors of the Renault Captur are new as compare to previous Renault cars we have seen. The dashboard layout is modern, however, I cannot call it premium. It gets a two tone theme (black and white). The touch and feel is pretty average. The instrument cluster is a new one, the design of which seems inspired form sunglasses. It has a digital speedo in the centre, with the tacho and fuel guage on either sides. The driver information system is at the top and its font is very fine. The steering wheel is new and has leather wrap. It gets controls same as the Duster, which are for cruise control. There is a stalk behind which houses controls for audio and bluetooth telephony, same as the Duster / Lodgy. The steering wheel has tilt adjustment only.
The Centre console has a touchscreen system. This is again the same one that comes in the Kwid, Duster and Lodgy. We had expected a new system here, but Renault has settled for the same outdated system. It doesn’t have Mirror Link, Android Auto or Apple car play and feels primitive to operate. Storage spaces in this SUV are alright, not great. The door pads can take one litre bottles. There are cup holders below the centre console, however not very easily accessible. The plastic surrounding it feels tacky. There is a lid on the top of the dashboard that pops up to reveal some storage space. The glovebox is a narrow one with less utility, however it has a cooling vent inside, There is an armrest too, which does not have any storage, nor does it fold. This results in making it cumbersome to use the hand brake.
Space and Comfort
Comfort is good and the seats are well cushioned. You sit pretty high in the Captur, however front visibility is not very good. Some additional thigh support could have been better. The same applies to the rear as well. The rear offers good headroom and decent knee room. However, the problem is that the front seats interfere with your feet and this feels tight on space. The Captur is wide so three adults can fit well at the rear. The middle passenger though will not be comfortable due to the armrest console jetting out.There are rear AC vents with blower control and there is a 12V charging socket behind the rear seat, on the parcel shelf. The seats do not get a 60:40 spilt, and they have a single fold. The boot is pretty deep and can take in a lot of luggage. However, the loading lip is very high.Check for Renault Captur in msresearch.in
The Captur gets a touchscreen audio system with Bluetooth and voice commands, navigation and reverse camera. It comes with segment first features like LED headlamps, automatic headlamps and rain sensing wipers. It also gets cruise control. There is no sunroof in it. The Captur will be available with many customization options as well. You can choose your roof colour, gold or chrome highlights, etc.
Renault Captur Performance
Renault offers the tried-and-tested 1.5-litre H4K petrol mated to a five-speed manual and a 1.5-litre K9K diesel motor with a six-speed manual on the Captur in India for now. On our first drive, we got the diesel version and we were quite impressed with it. This DCi motor makes 110hp and 240Nm like in the more powerful version of the Duster, but refinement levels have really hit a new high. On the Captur, this engine is the quietest it’s ever been.
This 1.5 DCi motor has always had a bit of turbo lag and it’s the same story with the Captur. However, once spooled up, power delivery is punchy and the motor pulls strong and smooth almost all the way up to 4,700-4,800rpm. Power doesn’t trail off rapidly like a typical diesel and this makes the Captur rather fun to drive. Of course, if it had delivered 20-30hp more, it would’ve been absolutely perfect. But it’s not that the Captur feels underpowered at speed. With a wide powerband like this, overtaking manoeuvres are a breeze. And combined with the car’s solid stability on wide open roads and fairly high speeds, it has all the makings of a great highway cruiser.
Renault Captur Driving
On long, flowy corners – the Captur felt composed and confident. It masks its weight quite well as it goes from one corner to the other. The steering is quick to respond, and is precise as well. Flick it into a bend, and the nose tucks in quickly. You wouldn’t be correcting the steering input often either. But, push it a bit and you’re met with understeer. In interest of keeping you safe, there’s ESP that cuts the power off. And yes, if you’re cornering too hard, you’d get the kickback from the steering that the Duster was notorious for. Again, that’s something you learn to work around. So, yes – there’s some effort involved to hustle the Captur, and oddly, that’s what makes it involving.
When you’re done picking corners, and want a relaxed drive back home – the Captur delivers yet again. It has also imbibed the Duster’s stellar ride quality. It seems oblivious to the concept of speed breakers and broken roads. Even if you fly off a speed breaker, be rest assured you will land in a soft, controlled manner. But, over the smaller, sharper surfaces, rumble strips for example; the Captur feels a bit harsh. Thankfully, the cabin settles almost immediately.
Renault Captur Safety
The Renault Captur will come with dual airbags and ABS as standard on all variants. The top variant will get multiple airbags. Braking of the Captur is pretty good and the SUV has a strong build too.The Captur gets a touchscreen audio system with Bluetooth and voice commands, navigation and reverse camera. It comes with segment first features like LED headlamps, automatic headlamps and rain sensing wipers. It also gets cruise control. There is no sunroof in it. The Captur will be available with many customization options as well. You can choose your roof colour, gold or chrome highlights, etc.
Renault Captur On-Road Price in Chennai ranges from 11,38,386 to 16,89,225 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 Chennai. Check for Captur price in Chennai at Carzprice.
Renault Captur Verdict
The Renault Captur is certainly a very interesting proposition in this mid-size SUV space. With its typical ‘European Renault’ design owing to the shorter bonnet creating a cab-forward design, it looks like nothing else we’ve seen in this space in India. And that really earns it some strong brownie points against its competition. That said, the interiors, especially the choice of materials, do leave a bit to be desired. However, when it comes to the driving experience, there’s a lot of similarity to the other Renaults we’ve driven in India before, but it also manages to do some things a bit better.
In many ways, it’s like a dressed-up Duster – a Duster++ if you will – and that’s not a bad thing at all, considering just how capable the Duster actually is.