We travelled to Biarritz to drive the Renault Clio-based Captur, ahead of its UK Launch this Summer
What is it? Small crossovers are flavour of the month and the new Captur is essentially a taller version of the Clio with chunkier SUV styling. The idea is to combine the spaciousness and flexibility of an MPV, the rugged appearance of an SUV and the driving dynamics of a family hatchback. Ford, Fiat and Peugeot will introduce similar cars later in the year.
First impressions of the new Renault Captur: There is a lot to like about this new car. In the metal it looks really good and the optional two tone roof sets it apart and adds a very stylish touch.
What about the interior? Inside its very funky with some really nice details and clever touches. Families with small children will love the zip off seat covers that you can remove and wash and features like the sliding rear seat will only add to the appeal of this car. The boot takes a decent 377 litres but with the rear seats folded it will swallow up to 1,235 litres.
And on the road? At the launch in Biarritz we drove the 1.5 diesel.
Renault Captur and the city: The Captur is great around the city, while the spaciousness and high driving position gives the impression of a larger car its compact proportions make it perfect for zipping around town and you can park it just about anywhere. The light steering makes easy work of city manoeuvres.
Renault Captur and the open road: On the motorway the diesel gets a little noisy and strains when pushed but the noise is never too intrusive and the cabin is impressively quiet. Aimed squarely at the family market the Captur may be not be sporty but it is smooth, comfortable and pleasant to drive
How Much? The entry level model the Expression TCe 90 Stop&Start starts at £12,495 and the top of range diesel dCi 90 Auto EDC Dynamique S Media Nav is available at £18,895. Full details are given in the box below.
How Safe? Safety features are shared with the Clio, a car that received a maximum five stars when tested by the EuroNCAP so there is no reason to believe the Captur will not achieve similar.
What about my options: Four trim options are available Expression, Expression+, Dynamique Media Nav and Dynamique S Media Nav. Engines choices will include an all-new 1.2 TCe 120 EDC engine which joins the 0.9 TCe 90 and 1.5 dCi 90 units.
3 words to describe the Renault Captur: Funky, comfortable, economical
Renault Captur Prices And Model Range
|Expression||TCe 90 Stop&Start||£12,495|
|dCi 90 Stop&Start||£13,895|
|Expression+||TCe 90 Stop&Start||£14,495|
|dCi 90 Stop&Start||£15,895|
|Dynamique Media Nav||TCe 90 Stop&Start||£14,995|
|dCi 90 Stop&Start||£16,395|
|TCe 120 Auto EDC||£17,195|
|dCi 90 Auto EDC||£17,395|
|Dynamique S Media Nav||TCe 90 Stop&Start||£16,495|
|dCi 90 Stop&Start||£17,895|
|TCe 120 Auto EDC||£18,695|
|dCi 90 Auto EDC||£18,895|
For more information check out Renault.co.uk
26th April, 2013