Renault Captur Overview
SUVs/ crossovers are the favourite body styles of Indian buyers and it’s no surprise that most new launches these days are within this segment. The latest carmaker to join the crossover bandwagon is Renault with its Captur. While the Captur hasn’t been officially launched in the Indian market yet, expect it to go on sale in the first week of October, making it the fourth vehicle in the French carmaker’s Indian portfolio.
The Renault Captur is built on the M0 platform and will be positioned above the Duster SUV. On first glance, the Captur does manage to stand out with its unique styling but there’s a lot more that it’ll need to deliver to become successful. The Captur will also have to go against stiff competition from the Hyundai Creta and the soon-to-be-launched facelift Maruti Suzuki S-Cross. Whether the Renault Captur has enough ammunition to take on the competition and establish itself as a successful vehicle is what we found out in Goa.
Renault Captur Design
Visually, there is no mentionable difference between the petrol and diesel version of the Renault Captur, not even an engine badging. However, we do have the variant badging just below the end of the A-pillar, and unlike the diesel-powered, top-end Platine variant of the Captur we drove in 2017, the petrol model we had with us was the dual tone RXT trim. This means, on the exterior front, this RXT trim misses out on few cosmetic bits like the chrome upper accent on the grille, cornering function for foglamps, and few other chrome details. The Captur we drove was dressed in the new, recently introduced dual tone Radiant Red Body with Marble Ivory roof, with the B- and C-pillar blacked out. Check for Renault Captur price in Hyderabad at Tryaldrive.
As for the features, we are already familiar with a bunch of them, like – the sweptback projector headlamps, the C-shaped LED daytime running lamps, larger grille with the Renault logo and silver skid plate, which together bring in that European flavour. However, it doesn’t get the full-LED headlamps or the floating indicators that are part of the top-end Platine trim. The bits that remain unchanged include the large and stylish 17-inch twin-5-spoke alloy wheels, contrast coloured ORVMs with turn indicators, silver roof rails, and bold side-body cladding with chrome accent. As we move to the rear, we are again in familiar territory with the roof-mounted spoiler, wraparound LED tail lamps with chrome elements, the ‘Captur’ badging at the centre on a chrome applique, and a beefy rear bumper with more chrome elements and a faux diffuser with round chrome-tipped exhaust.
Overall, all these elements make the Captur is a very good looking car, helping it stand out in a segment that has only seen butch and boxy SUVs. In fact, in my opinion, the Captur actually brings in a bit of freshness to the segment and is better looking than the much loved Hyundai Creta too. The Captur also offers a wider colour palette with multiple dual tone options, which add to the overall styling of the car.
Renault Captur Cabin
When it comes to Renault Captur interiors, there is a lot to talk about. It is one of the most attractive and premium-looking car from inside as well. The dashboard layout and design is much better than what is found on the Duster. It looks fresh, decent yet dynamic with butterfly-shaped instrument cluster, large digital speedometer with tachometer and a fuel gauge. The cabin is lighted with ambient LED lights that look really cool and premium. The plastics used are of decent quality.
The top-end variant of Renault Captur features a 7-inch touch-screen infotainment system with Bluetooth, Aux-in and USB connectivity options. It also supports voice command, navigation and acts as a rear camera display, when needed. However, it misses Android Auto and Apple CarPlay connectivity. Other features on the inside include steering mounted controls, cruise control, electrically operated wing mirrors and automatic climate control, which is a standard feature acoss all variants.
Renault Captur is quite a comfortable car. The two-tone white-and-black leatherette seats are very comfortable and they look good too. It offers good under-thigh support, knee room, back support and shoulder room, which makes Captur a perfect car for long journeys. Even three average adults on the rear won’t have any complaints regarding space and comfort. The rear gets its own set of AC vents too.
Renault Captur Performance
The Renault Captur is being launched only in diesel variant as Renault believes the demand in this segment is primarily for diesel vehicles. Powering the Captur is the same 1.5 litre turbocharged engine that is found in the Duster. With an output of 108 hp, the engine has the adequate grunt to move the vehicle in a quick manner. There’s some lag below 1,500 rpm but past that the engine delivers good acceleration. Reaching triple digit speeds is effortless and in-gear acceleration too is impressive, thanks to the well-sorted ratios of the gearbox. The six-speed manual unit offers easy shifts and couple to a light clutch the Captur is easy to drive in traffic too.
The engine is fairly noisy on the outside but things get quieter once inside. Hard acceleration does let through some diesel clatter in the cabin but at cruising speeds, the cabin is well-insulated from engine and wind noise. Being a short drive, we weren’t able to record the fuel-efficiency but you can expect the numbers to be similar to that of the Duster.Overall, the Captur offers an engaging driving experience and will appeal to enthusiasts too. A punchy powertrain means that the Captur will strike the right chord with people who love going for long drives and weekend getaways.
The Renault Captur mileage figures are quite good. The Petrol Engine with manual transmission claims a fuel mileage of 13.87kmpl, while the Diesel Engine with manual transmission promises a fuel mileage of 20.37kmpl.For more information on Renault Captur visit Trauma2011
Renault Captur Driving
The Renault Captur 2017 offers an enjoyable experience under all types of driving conditions and roads. On highways, this car will offer you a sense of power and is very smooth to handle and control on top speeds. It won’t let you feel low and under-powered when you throttle on the roads. All thanks to the responsive steering wheel, you will have mental peace and good control of the front wheels on high speeds. It handles all the corners, twists and turns without any fuss.
Renault Captur Safety
The Captur is pretty high on safety as well, as dual front airbags, ABS with EBD and Brake Assist, and driver seatbelt reminder come as standard fitment. In addition to that, the RXT trim comes with rear parking sensors, rear parking camera, keyless entry, walk away lock, rain sensing wiper, and ISOFIX child seat anchorage among others. However, the top-end Platine variant also comes with side airbags, electronic stability control, and hill start assist which go missing in this one.
Renault Captur Cost in Hyderabad
Renault Captur On Road Price is 11,76,790/- and Ex-showroom Price is 9,99,999/- in Hyderabad. Renault Captur comes in 5 colours, namely Cayenne Orange,Moonlight Silver,Mahogany Brown,Planet Grey,Pearl White. Renault Captur comes with 2WD with 1498 CC Displacement and 4 Cylinders with Maximum Power 104 bhp@5600 rpm and Peak Torque 142 Nm@4000 rpm DRIVE TRAIN 2WD and reaches 100 KMPH at N/A . Renault Captur comes with Manual Transmission with 2WD .
Renault Captur Conclusion
The Renault Captur is an impressive vehicle and will appeal more to buyers looking for a standout design and good driving performance. The vehicle checks all boxes that are required in this segment, translating into a strong foundation for market acceptance. In the end, the price will turn out to be the make or break factor for the Captur. If Renault gets the price game wrong, buyers will quickly dismiss the vehicle as competition is strong in this segment. However, if Renault Captur can undercut the Hyundai Creta, there is a strong chance of the crossover being successful, especially in urban areas. An ideal price range will be to start at under Rs 9 lakh and top off at under Rs 14 lakh. It’s only a matter of days before the Renault Captur is launched so stay tuned to this space for more action.