Renault Captur Review & Test Drive

Renault Captur Overview

India is closely following the global trend of moving toward SUVs. Nobody knows that better than Renault, who has been fairly successful with the Duster. The Duster came at the right time for the French manufacturer and was unrivalled for a long time. There was just one major flaw with the Duster, it just didn’t feel premium at all. The interior quality was very average and didn’t justify the asking price. The Duster further lost the gloss once Hyundai launched the Creta and even though the Creta was more expensive it still found a lot more homes. Now, Renault wants to get back in the SUV game with the Captur, a Duster-platform SUV which Renault claims is more upmarket. View Offers & Price on Captur in Chennai at CarzPrice

 

 

Renault Captur Exteriors

This car looks stylish. It is a head turner for sure and Renault has successfully hidden any signs of the Duster platform here. While there are many talking points, special mention must be made of the dynamic turn indicators, which are a copy of Audi’s dynamic LED turn indicators. They look cool even on the bulky Captur. The front-end also gets nice C-shaped fog lamps and a heavily sculpted bumper. The huge grille and sweeping lamps with multiple elements in them look cool as well. The side profile is rather simple compared to the front but the back end again with its stylish lamps looks like nothing else on the road. This SUV looks distinct from anything else on the road.

Renault Captur Interiors

Creta has black and beige interiors. There is a 7-inch touchscreen system with Android Auto, Apple CarPlay and a large touchscreen infotainment system. There is navigation and even reverse camera, while there are four speakers and two tweeters also on offer. Dual airbags and ABS are a standard feature. Top-of-the-line variant gets leather upholstery too. Creta has spacious interiors, but these are similar to the Duster in space. The boot is about 400 litres, which is just fine for a vehicle of this size.Then Captur should have all black interiors. The dashboard layout is all new. The design is neat. A new steering wheel with audio and cruise control, push start and stop, touchscreen with navigation, reverse camera are the features. We reckon dual airbags and ABS will be standard too. Captur will have equally good space like the Creta. There won’t be much of a difference in the two. Boot space should be bigger on the Renault SUV

Renault Captur Specifications

1.6-litre petrol, 1.4-litre diesel and 1.6-litre diesel will be offered on the Creta. These are offered with six-speed manual and the bigger engines have six-speed automatic too. The NVH level are one of its strongest point. Power is good in the 1.6-litre engine and there is more than sufficient torque overtake with ease. At the same time, the Creta has a soft clutch and easy shifting gearbox. The automatic also has good enough performance too.Now as we haven’t driven the Captur, it is a tad early to state anything on it. The Captur will come with a 1.6-litre petrol engine and a 1.5-litre diesel engine. This will be the same engines on the Duster too. The Petrol one shall churn about 103bhp of power and will come mated to an option of either five-speed manual or CVT. At the same time, the diesel will churn 108bhp of power and will made available with six-speed manual or AMT options. The Creta is front wheel drive, but the Captur will come with AWD option mostly. This will be only on higher variants itself.

Renault Captur Ride and handling

The Captur handles rough roads with complete aplomb. It simply annihilates all road surfaces with authority. Rumble strips, patched up roads, potholes simply don’t seem to bother this car in the least.The steering could do with a little more feel though. It’s light enough for town travel and decent for highway but can’t be called a true keen drivers car. Grip levels from the tyres are good though and there is limited body roll when pushing it into corners.

Renault Captur Safety & Service

The Renault Captur will get dual front airbags along with ABS and EBD. The SUV also gets Brake Assist. Renault’s sales and service network in India is limited in reach and the company still has a long way to go when compared to some of its immediate rivals. However, the French automaker is progressively increasing its dealership reach in the country.

Renault Captur Price In Mumbai

Renault Captur Ex-Showroom Price in Mumbai ranges from 9,99,999/- (Captur RXE Petrol) to 14,14,699/- (Captur Platine Diesel). Get best offers for Renault Captur from Renault Dealers in Mumbai

Renault Captur Verdict

With the Duster having had a very successful start to Renault’s campaign in India, it was about time that the French manufacturer brought a more upmarket SUV. The Captur strikes the right cords with some sporty styling and a good number of features while delivering on the performance and dynamics front. It does have some dark bits like reduced cabin space (compared to Duster) and average plastic quality which could have been better since Renault is marketing the Captur as a premium SUV. We reckon that it will boil down to pricing and if Renault can get the price spot on, the Captur is set to be another success story.

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