Renault Captur Facelift First Drive & Gearbox

Renault Captur Overview

Last year when we drove the all-new Renault Captur, we have to say, we were quite impressed. The crossover/SUV came with a purpose to create a niche for itself in the compact SUV space, and frankly, it is making a mark for itself, in a slow and gradual manner. It came with a very bold and stylish design with a bunch of segment-best features, and very capable petrol and diesel engines. While the powertrains were essentially the same as the ones that do duty on the Renault Duster, and some cars from Nissan, back then we only got the drive the diesel version of the Renault Captur. However, now we have finally managed to get our hands on the petrol version of the car, and we have a lot of things to say about it. So, let’s get started. Test Drive for Renault Captur.

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Renault Captur Design & Style

From the outside, would you think that the Duster and Captur are related? Not quite. Renault wants to position the Captur as a more premium product than the Duster it’s based on. And we have to agree that they have done a fairly good job with the looks. The most striking angle has to be when it’s viewed head-on. The all-LED headlamps, low mounted DRLs and swooping turn indicators give the Captur a face you won’t easily forget for all the right reasons.

There are other distinguishing facets too like the crystal-cut 17-inch alloys that ensure that the Captur makes its presence felt as you ride down the road. The tastefully sculpted cladding around the lower fringes and generous 210mm of ground clearance underline its ruggedness. Renault is also offering an accessory pack that include vinyls, chrome accents and beefier bumpers to further captivate the imagination of customers.

In terms of packaging, the Captur rides on the same 2673mm wheelbase as the Duster but the overall length has increased by 14mm. It’s also shorter by 76mm (that’s mostly to do with the Duster’s roof rails) and just 9mm narrower than the Duster. Boot space has shrunk from the Duster’s 475 litres to 392 litres. One of the reasons for this is the side panelling that’s flat in the Captur and cut out in the Duster, but that alone shouldn’t account for a loss of over 80 litres. Luggage space then stands at roughly one medium-sized suitcase less than the Duster.

Renault Captur Cabin & Comfort

Getting inside the Captur is a bit of occasion. There’s no bulky key fob, but a sleek looking credit card-sized ‘access card’. Sure, we’ve seen this with the Koleos and the Fluence years ago – but it still seems cool to have. The shape of the key makes it very pocketable, something we appreciate when out of the car. In the car, the card can be parked in a slot on the centre console. Pulling it out automatically kills off the electricals when the engine is switched off. Thoughtful!

Once you start getting comfortable in the front seats, you realise that the seating position is quite high. You tower over the dash and although you can’t see the low-set nose, you do get a confidence-inspiring view of the road up ahead. The cushioning on the seat is a tad stiffer than what we’ve seen on the Duster. But, that’s a good thing – it won’t tire you out over longer journeys. The seats hold you well in place, and we’ve got no complains as far as support for the sides or the lower back is concerned.

The seat lets you manually adjust for height, angle and reach. But, the steering adjusts only for tilt. While reach adjust would’ve been good to have, we didn’t have issues getting into a comfortable driving position. That said, the taller folks will find their knees brushing against the centre console and their hairdo rubbing against the roof lining.

That’s down to the way the dashboard has been designed with a prominent, bulging centre console. There’s a lot to like about the design though as it flows effortlessly from one door pad to the other. It looks a lot trendier than the Creta’s or the S-Cross’ dash that have a no-frills design. On a related note, it’s a lot more upmarket than the Duster and the Terrano that have a utilitarian approach.The colour palette mixes black, white and rose gold in good measure. The textured finish of the dash feels pleasant to touch, although a proper soft-touch dash (or even an insert like in the S-Cross) would’ve upped the premium quotient by a huge margin.

Getting into the rear is a bit of a task. A wider opening would’ve made ingress and egress a lot easier. Once in, there’s little to complain about. You don’t feel hemmed in inspite of the rising window line and the tallish seating makes you further feel at ease. Space on the inside is just about enough for two six-footers to sit behind each other.The cabin is wide enough to accommodate three passengers, but the seat back isn’t exactly flat for the middle occupant. Three healthy individuals will rub shoulders, but it should do just fine for a quick highway trip too.

At 4329mm, the Captur is the longest in its class. The wheelbase is the largest at 2673mm as well. But, sitting inside makes you wonder if all that length could’ve been used more effectively. Then there’s the 390-litre boot that’s far from being the biggest in volume. But, the opening is wide and there’s not much of a loading lip – so you can easily brim it up. For more info on Renault Captur check

Renault Captur Engine & Gearbox

The Captur is available with both the 1.5-litre H4K petrol and K9K diesel engines. But the diesel motor will only be offered in the more powerful 110PS/245Nm tune. And this is the motor we had on test. It’s coupled to a 6-speed manual (the petrol is paired to a 5-speed manual), but considering that the Captur is aimed at a new ‘stylish’ customer, one more likely to stick to urban environments, we feel that Renault could have considered adding in the option of its Easy R-AMT transmission as well.

At idle, the engine is quieter than in the Duster. But that’s more to do with the better cabin sound insulation than a different engine tune. On the move, you do get a fair bit of road and wind noise, but they sound a little softer when compared to the Duster. But in the city, where it really matters, the Captur doesn’t feel much more urbane. You have to get the K9K spinning up to over 1700rpm to make progress and, when combined with the heavy clutch, you can look forward to developing some strong left leg muscles if you do a lot of city commuting. One way to get around this is to hold either 2nd or 3rd gear for a little longer and then skip one gear on the upshift by going to 4th or 5th gear. This cuts down on the number of gear shifts on the smooth shifting gearbox, and if done right you should still be in the power band as well.

Out on the highway, the engine and gearbox are more at home and the Captur likes to stretch its long legs. From a standstill, it will hit the ton in 13.24 seconds if pushed hard. But once there, it’s happy to sit at triple-digit speeds all day. When cruising along the highway, the Captur returned a strong 21.09kmpl and in the city, that number decreased to 15.50kmpl.

The suspension setup feels slightly firmer than the Duster and this means that the Captur feels a little better going around corners. At highway speeds this stiffness actually keeps the chassis more composed but at city speeds, the small imperfections like level changes and ruts are heard and felt as well. The steering feel is also great but if you push it hard through a set of corners you will feel that familiar kickback through the wheel. For a crossover SUV it’s not quite as car like to drive in the city as say the Creta for example and not quite as sporty as the looks might suggest.

Renault Captur Ride & Handling

The suspension setup is pretty much similar to the setup in the Duster. However, this one is softer. So, while it allows the Captur to be a bit quick and stable both on straight line and corners, it’s also good at tackling the undulations on the road. Furthermore, the NVH (Noise, Vibrations and Harshness) levels of the Captur were very much in control, and apart from the mild grunting of the engine at higher rpms and a bit of tyre noise, not much seeped into the cabin. As for braking performance, the Renault Captur comes with disc brakes up front and drum brakes at the rear, and while the brakes were quite progressive, we wished there was a little bit more bite to them.

Renault Captur Safety & Security

The Renault Captur comes equipped with dual front airbags, ABS with EBD and brake assist, along with ISOFIX as standard across all variants. Move to the higher variants and you add features such as side airbags, hill start assist, electronic stability program (ESP), rear parking sensors and a rear parking camera with dynamic guidelines.

In terms of features, the Captur does tick a fair number of boxes like the 7-inch touchscreen, six-speaker sound system and climate control. In terms of safety features, there’s four airbags in the top-of-the-line Platine variant (two airbags standard) and ABS with EBD, brake assist, and hill hold assist that are common across all variants. Renault is offering the Captur with just a 6-speed manual gearbox at the moment. For a car that’s focused more at the urban customer, it could have considered adding the option of an automatic transmission into the mix as well.

Renault Captur Price in Gurgaon

Renault Captur On-Road Price in Gurgaon ranges from 11,20,885 to 15,87,517 for variants Captur RXE Petrol and Captur Platine Diesel respectively. Renault Captur is available in 10 variants and 5 colours. Below are details of Renault Captur variants price in Gurgaon. Check for Captur price in Gurgaon at Carzprice.

Renault Captur Round Up

The new Captur is on sale now at a starting price of Rs 10.0 lakh for the base petrol variant while there are four variants of the diesel, starting at Rs 11.4 lakh and going up to 14.06 lakh for this the top end ‘Platine’ variant that we have here on test. This puts it head to head in competition with the Hyundai Creta that’s nearly Rs 50,000 more expensive. The Duster which is also in the same market space is approximately, variant to variant, 1.5 lakh cheaper.

Judging by the number of heads the Captur turned on our test, Renault seems to have certainly hit the mark in the design department. The better sound insulation, ergonomics and richer looking Interiors have managed to address some of the Duster’s shortcomings. However, it hasn’t gone whole hog either. The lack of automatic transmission options, the tiresome clutch and bumpy suspension feel in the city and the lack of a better infotainment system hurt its case. So, the Captur delivers on it’s promise of being a stylish and modern SUV, but somewhat halfheartedly.

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