The Renault Captur, is a real success in Europe. There is the small “SUV” most popular. Praised by 52,000 customers in the first quarter ( 27%) by JATO office, he is ahead of the Peugeot and Opel Mokka 2008. Square, friendly, cheeky with colors and interiors “flashy” – but not on all versions – is observed. The French automotive industry demonstrates its creativity here. “Our” red test Captur Metallic and Black did not go unnoticed. But there are even more unusual combinations.
Accessible and habitable
Accessible, spacious with practical sliding rear seat, the Renault Captur offers a functional interior with lots of storage space, including a smart drawer as a glove box. The central touch screen is fun and quite visible, although internet applications are optional and … little valued by buyers. The set is original and a priori idea. It welcomes back the dial displaying the speed at which we are in big numbers before his eyes. The driving position is good. Full of qualities so.
Yes … but fault too! Let’s start with the lack of trackpad sensitivity where one misses the icon twice in three with the bumps in the road. It also deplores the seatback pockets shaped nets unaware of any practical introduction of objects. But these are trifles. In fact, the black point of the cabin remains … the low end atmosphere, with seeming plastic out of Dacia. Renault recognizes in petto have had to compensate the money put into the touch screen and connectivity … by cost reductions. The fabric of the seats also makes the least economical! And optional leather looks too much like the leatherette. However, recognize that the assemblies are fortunately quite strict and they have improved a priori since launch. This is hardly flattering, but not indigent, however.
Driving is not exciting in town. The small diesel 1.5 dCi 110 hp (against 90 for the same mechanical base version) lacks at low revs and starting resources. You have to slightly clutch and the accelerator pack. Definitely, this is General on all those little mechanical anti-CO2. You get used to but it lacks approval. We would also have appreciated a shift to less coarse locks.
But this engine is doing better here than on larger and heavier models of the brand. While not great, the mechanical balance sheet thus remains okay … And the mechanics are suitable for road or highway. Paradoxically, this little vehicle is more comfortable than in urban traffic. It becomes even nice enough to midrange. A condition of not having to restart the engine. Positive: reduced consumption. We swallowed 5.8 liters per 100 only with great city. Honors.
Much improved soundproofing
The suspension allow good driving precision, with even some agility. Normal, the Clio has lent its platform was very satisfactory. But as Captur is higher, with a relatively high center of gravity, the behavior is found degraded compared to her sister. With a wheelbase adverse-height ratio, it is more blurred. Like all high vehicles with front wheel drive, traction is faulted even when accelerating hard, especially in the wet. The front axle bounces panicking slightly. The feeble engine at low speed with a power tumbling sharply enough does not help.
It also deplores fairly firm suspension. Renault it was forced to partially compensate for the blurring behavior. But comfort is acceptable. Speaking of comfort, welcome progress in soundproofing. There is much less noise than debut of this model. Good. This false 4×4 has in any case nothing a fighter. This is a strict FWD. As the Peugeot 2008, no four-wheel drive option is planned. But given the vocation of the machine, it does not matter.
This well-born model will satisfy most customers, most of whom will not receive critical behavior we expressed. For that, one must have the habit of driving on very different models varied terrain … where almost all buyers balk, however, is on the finish. Renault can and must do better.
That said, it Captur is offered at fairly competitive rates, given the equipment. But it depends on versions. The vehicle will also benefit from the renowned after-sales service of the diamond firm in France, with prices affordable pieces. Finally, the latest generation Renault are deemed to provide good reliability (failures per kilometer) … The price ranges from 16,300 to 25,400 euros. Our dCi 110 “Helly Hansen” model well equipped and is comprehensive enough to 24.600 euros, with GPS, rearview camera, keyless startup and …
- Test model: Renault Captur dCi 110 Helly Hansen: 24,600 euros
- Power output: 110 hp (diesel)
- Dimensions : 4.12 x 1.78 meters long (wide) x 1.57 (top)
- Qualities : spacious, practical cockpit, creative opportunities for customization, versatility, understated diesel
- Defects : low-end atmosphere, hollow engine at low speeds, ergonomic details, motor skills
- Competitors : Citroën C4 HDi 100 Cactus Blue Shine: 23.400 euros Peugeot 100 HDI 2008 Blue Cat: 24450; Fiat 500X 1.6 Multijet 120 Lounge: 24,890 euros