Renault Captur
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Strong Areas

  • Stylish Demeanour
  • Well-Equipped Variant
  • Value For Money 
  • Good Ride 

Weak Areas

  • Small Space
  • Average Performance 
  • Simplistic Design
  • Meek Road Presence   
Renault Captur

Renault Captur Test Drive, Road Test Review

Renault Captur has captivating looks to arrest one’s heart but will it be able to win over the logical minds; we find in this road test review.

Renault Captur Test Drive; Road Test Review

Renault’s new Captur has got the makings of a winner. Its design is its strongest point and it is hard to let the Captur pass without being noticed. Renault itself is aware of this strong point of Captur and has consciously tried to make the whole promotional campaign about this premium SUV focused on its design and style. But then the competition of the Captur is with the likes of Hyundai Creta and Jeep compass; both of these offerings boast of equally stylish design and quality interiors. The Fight ahead for the Renault Captur is not easy and to know whether this premium SUV will able to take on the rivals, we decided to take it for a spin. Read on to find out what our most comprehensive and unbiased road test review of new Captur reveals.

          Renault Captur

                                                                            Captivating Looks

Design, Style & Interiors

          Captur Muscular styling
                                                                      Muscular styling 

From the design viewpoint, Renault Captur looks premium and has got a special kind of appeal to it. It's contemporary lines wrapped up in a taut and chiseled body invoke the premium feeling and thanks to the stylish headlamps upfront, the Renault Captur does demand your attention.

            Bulbous Rear, Attractive Tail Lamps
                                                                  Bulbous rear, attractive tail lamps  

In terms of dimensional specifications, Captur is 4329 mm long, has a wide 1813 mm cabin and stands 1613 mm tall. More importantly, it comes with wheelbase of 2673 mm and has a ground clearance of 210 mm. In sum, Renault Captur is unlike anything we have witnessed on Indian roads. Its unique and contemporary styling is sure to find favor with the customers.

            Average quality interiors though spacious
                                                               Average quality interiors though spacious

The thing that is going in favor of Renault Captur is its form factor and the newness aspect is going to be a big draw for this French flair. However, look closely and you’ll find deep under the skin the things are loud, glossy, and of mediocre quality.  The sophistication that we have come to expect from the SUVs nowadays is missing in the Renault Captur. 

          Spacious front seats
                                                                  Spacious front seats

In sum, the overall design of the Captur interiors is attractive although the quality certainly could have been better. Similarly, the fit and finish also need improvement especially considering the fact that Renault is going to attract premium buyers with this upcoming SUV. 

            Touchscreen infotainment
                                                                     Touchscreen infotainment 

In terms of equipment, Captur comes with touchscreen infotainment system, automatic climate control, dual front airbags with ABS and EBD, LED headlamps and DRLs, large 17-inch alloy wheels, customisable paint scheme, keyless entry with a push-button start-stop feature and cruise control.

Engine, Transmission & Driving Dynamics

Renault has used a 1.5-liter dCi diesel engine in the highest rate of tune under the hood of the Captur and the diesel motor makes 110 PS and 245 Nm. The 1.5-liter petrol, on the other hand, is capable of producing 106 PS along with 142 Nm of output. In terms of transmission, diesel motor come mated to 6-speed manual transmission while petrol has got 5-speed manual gearbox. 

          1.5-liter dCi diesel motor
                                                                 1.5-liter dCi diesel motor 

We took the diesel variant of Renault Captur for a spin and instantly get gratified by the linear power delivery of this oil burner. Like its cousin brother Duster, Captur is extremely drivable and you need not shift Gears often even in the heaviest of the traffic. One can easily amble Around The Town in the higher gear enter Captur can pick up from as low as 30 kmph in the fourth gear without stalling of the engine. There is no typical power surge once the turbocharger kicks in but all that you get is a very linear power delivery. Another highlight of the motor is absolutely no Turbo lag and the car starts delivering the strong torque from 1200 rpm.
            Slick shifting gearbox
                                                                              Slick shifting gearbox

The 6-speed manual transmission does its job satisfactorily and it's good to have finally a slick gearbox from the Renault. Ride and handling combination is also above the average and it is really impressive for such a long car to change the lane without rolling too much. Especially the ride quality is very pliant and the Renault Captur makes easy work of the road undulations and obstructions.

Overall Verdict

Priced in the range of Rs 9.99-13.88 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi), Renault Captur does exceptionally well in the styling and Design Department. It also has room interiors and offers a host of features to keep the occupants engrossed. However, closely and you will find that the quality and overall sophistication level is just about average. Especially when you consider the price range, this fact becomes even more glaring as Renault is positioning the Captur as a premium SUV. The performance and driving dynamics, on the other hand, are good but when compared against the Jeep Compass, these figures pale into insignificance. Overall the Renault Capture is for the style conscious customers who want to have some unique proposition to flaunt with, otherwise there are many other options which offer even better value for money and a far more competitive package then this Renault Captur.

Style & Substance                  4/5                                    Ride & Handling          4/5

Interiors & Ergonomics            3/5                                   Safety & Equipment     4/5

Power-Plant & Transmission      3.5/5                             Fuel Efficiency            3.5/5

Value for Money                         3/5

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