The Captur(pronounced Capture) is based on the same platform as the Duster SUV, which means that robustness is proven. It looks more premium as well and will offer better equipment levels too. Renault hopes that the stylish exterior will be the talking point and help the car find takers in the highly competitive SUV segment. Well that’s the plan anyway. But is there more to this car than just looks and can it beat the likes of the Hyundai Creta and Jeep Compass? That’s what we should figure out by the end of this review.
This car looks stylish. It is a head turner for sure and Renault has successfully hidden any signs of the Duster platform here. While there are many talking points, special mention must be made of the dynamic turn indicators, which are a copy of Audi’s dynamic LED turn indicators. They look cool even on the bulky Captur. The front-end also gets nice C-shaped fog lamps and a heavily sculpted bumper. The huge grille and sweeping lamps with multiple elements in them look cool as well. The side profile is rather simple compared to the front but the back end again with its stylish lamps looks like nothing else on the road. This SUV looks distinct from anything else on the road.
The gauges have a butterfly like housing around them and look really cool. The centre console has a distinct design with the circular controls for the AC not being the same size. Kwid owners will immediately recognise the touchscreen infotainment panel. Renault should have upgraded it for the Captur. Quality is good and the build is tough. The white seats though can soil rather easily in Indian conditions. The car has plenty of space inside the cabin and even 6-footers should be comfortable for the most part. The boot is a decent size as well.
Engine, performance and gearbox
The 1.5-litre diesel engine makes 109bhp of power. It’s the same unit as on the Duster. Refinement levels are good and so is the engine responsiveness. What you will also like is the light and linear clutch action. You will also appreciate the nice and crisp gearbox which has light but accurate throws. There is no automatic on sale at the moment but Renault does suggest that when the need arises, they will offer a full-fledged torque convertor rather than an AMT.
Performance is good enough for city use and highway users will also have no reason to complain if they keep the engine spinning between 2,000-4,000 rpm.
Ride and handling
The Captur handles rough roads with complete aplomb. It simply annihilates all road surfaces with authority. Rumble strips, patched up roads, potholes simply don’t seem to bother this car in the least.
The steering could do with a little more feel though. It’s light enough for town travel and decent for highway but can’t be called a true keen drivers car. Grip levels from the tyres are good though and there is limited body roll when pushing it into corners.
A stylish take on what an urban compact SUV should be. The tried-and-tested engine should also offer low running costs making it a stylish choice in the heavily crowded segment.