The days are long gone where you had to buy a big SUV to fit into this lifestyle segment. With the likes of the Ford Eco-sport, Nissan Qashqai and the newly launched Citroen Cactus, it was only a matter of time before Renault jumped in on the fight.
And man, did they jump in. The newly launched Renault Captur is a B-segment Compact Utility Vehicle that is aimed at the more affordable end of the segment. With entry level prices from as little as R219 900, it offers good value, good specifications and good consumption.
Available in 2 engines; the 900cc 3 pot Turbo with 66 kw available in both Expression and Dynamique trim, and the 1.2liter 88kw with EDC (autobox) available only in Dynamique trim.
From the outside, it’s very French and you would have to be blind not to see the Clio resemblance. It’s not a bad thing though, as most of the interior has been brought over too. The cloth seats now also feature a zip off cloth (for efficient cleaning purposes) and also a heated leather seat option in the top-of-the-range Expression. There is also a lovely 2 tone theme running, with either a black or white roof or white or black accents throughout the vehicle. The wheels are 16inches on the Expression and high polished alloys in 17inch on the Dynamique.
While we only had a chance to test the top of the range 1.2l 88kw, 190nm Dynamique at the launch, we came away impressed with overall build quality, but a little frustrated with the dual clutch transmission being a little on the slow side to shift gears. It felt much more like a conventional automatic transmission than that of the dual clutch models that we are used to. I believe that the manual model would be the popular of the 2.
The fuel consumption figures are claimed at 5.4l/100km for the 1.2l and 4.9l/100km for the 66kw model. Our 1.2 saw figures around the 6l/100km on our test route which included a couple of uphill but mostly open roads at the speed limit.
In conclusion, the new Renault Captur is a fresh breath to the B segment and, with reasonable prices and a good warranty (5 years / 150 000km), it is perfect for the entry level market looking for a capable vehicle with some extra space to break away over the weekend.
For more info, www.renault.co.za
- Renault Captur 66kW Expression R219 900
- Renault Captur 66kW Dynamique R239 900
- Renault Captur 88kW EDC Dynamique R279 900