Renault Captur Facelift First Drive & Gearbox

Renault Captur Overview

The Renault Captur has been launched in India with a starting price of Rs.9.99 lacs (Ex-Showroom, New Delhi), which goes up to Rs.14.06 for its top-end variant. The Renault Captur price in India clearly makes it one of the best compact SUVs available in the segment. It is available in both petrol and diesel engine variants, where a total of 10 variants are on sale – six for diesel and four for petrol. One can also choose the dual-tone color variant by paying an extra Rs.17,000. Request a test drive for Captur in Tryaldrive

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Renault Captur Design & Style

The Captur’s crossover design may not appeal to all at first glance. But, spend some time with it and the edgy design grows on you. We once parked it next to a Duster at a restaurant and were pleasantly surprised at how mature the Captur looked. Yes, it isn’t as tall as a conventional boxy SUV, but there’s no doubt that it looks like a premium offering. Will you give it a second glance? Oh yes. It’s got a bit of novelty on its side for now, and the bright orange colour our test car wore only aided the eye-ball grabbing. Lest, we forget, the Captur is also one of the longest and widest cars in the segment with the largest wheelbase too. While the curvy design does give you the illusion that the Captur is compact, it does have great road presence. It also sits quite high up, with a healthy 210mm of ground clearance.

The profile and the rear are a notch understated compared to the face. The design here has some understated French flair, which is going to be an acquired taste for most. That said, the 17-inch wheels look classy, and the 215/60R17 tyres look just right sitting under the flared wheel arches. The two-tone is well-executed, and it’s easy to see why Renault say the Captur was designed to sport a dual-tone paint scheme even since it was conceptualised. Keep in mind that the dual-tone combination will be an option. There’s quite a lot of customisation options on offer as well, which should give you the liberty to deck the Captur up the way you want to. From the rear, the Captur tries hard to shrug off the resemblance to the little Kwid. The tail lamps, the bumper and the windscreen all look like polished, grown-up version of the hatchback. That’s not necessarily a bad thing in our books, though

Renault Captur Cabin & Comfort

We said it before and we are saying it again, the cabin of the Renault Captur is truly a nice place to be in. The fit and finish are very good and Renault has made use of some good quality plastic and other premium material. The cabin gets dual tone black and ivory treatment with body coloured bezels for the air con vents and centre console, which in this case was red. The cabin also gets matching black and ivory fabric upholstery with faux leather trims and Anodized Rouge Passion or Blue Pacifique interior deco accents. The five-seater SUV offers a good amount of space for five average-sized adults, along with creature comforts like rear AC vents, a centre armrest with cup holders, and a rear charging socket for added convenience.

Being the RXT trim, the features list is also pretty elaborate, with offerings like a 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system, Bluetooth and AUX-IN connectivity for smartphones. Weirdly enough, I was not able to connect my phone via Bluetooth, which essentially seemed like a problem with the unit I had. The Captur petrol misses out on features like Apple Carplay and Android Auto. The Captur also offers an Arkamys-tuned sound system, automatic climate control, cooled glovebox, LED cabin lamps and more. The RXT trim also comes with electrically adjustable and foldable ORVMs, however, the latter function wasn’t working on the model that we had with us. The Captur also gets height adjustable driver’s seat, however, even at the lowest setting the seat is quite high and taller drivers might find it a bit uncomfortable at times, however, it’s no way a deal breaker.

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.

Renault Captur Ride & Handling

That said, it does manage to take the edge off city driving very well. You can drop down to single-digit speeds in third gear (say when you’re slowing down for a speedbreaker), and simply step on it to make progress. There’s a hint of protest from the engine, sure, but it quickly gets past that. Inside the city, we managed 10.72kmpl. That is slightly better than what we expected it to do. If you’re stuck in a jam often, expect the figures to drop down to single digits.

Even in fifth gear, you can drop down to as low as under 30kmph – really handy on our unpredictable highways. Speaking of which, we expected the Captur petrol to be in its element out on the highway. Sadly, it’s not. Most of this is down to the 5-speed gearbox. At triple-digit speeds, you desperately feel the need for a sixth gear. The engine is ticking over at 3100rpm, which does take a toll on fuel efficiency. On test, we managed to eke out 15.79kmpl from the four-pot on the highway. Bear in mind, there’s no Eco Mode here, so keeping a light right foot is the only way to keep your wallet fat.

Renault Captur Safety & security

The list of Renault Captur safety features include Front Disc Brakes, Drum on Rear, ABS with EBD, Rear Parking Sensors, Central Locking, Driver & Passenger Airbags, Crash Sensors, Rear Seat Belts, Seat Belt Warning, Power Door Lock, Child Safety Locks, Side & Front Impact Beams, Passenger Side Rear View Mirror, Rear Camera, Centrally Mounted Fuel Tank, Engine Immobilizer, Automatic Headlamps, Follow Me Home Headlamps and ISOFIX Child Seat.

Renault Captur Price in Bangalore

Renault Captur Ex-Showroom Price in Bangalore ranges from 9,99,999/- (Captur RXE Petrol) to 14,10,499/- (Captur Platine Diesel). Get best offers for Renault Captur from Renault Dealers in Bangalore. Check for Captur pricec at Carzprice

Renault Captur Bottomline

Renault Captur petrol is priced very similarly to its key rival, the Hyundai Creta. In fact, while the base model of the Captur might be marginally more expensive than the Creta’s base trim, the top-end RXT variant is over ₹ 2 lakh cheaper than the top-end Creta petrol. So, is the Captur petrol really worth buying? Well, it should definitely be on your list of considerations. The car comes with a bunch of standard safety features, premium creature comforts, a capable petrol engine, and most of all it stands apart from its box-shaped rivals, with its crossover proportions and colourful palette. However, it does lose out on a few features like a sunroof, or automatic transmission. So if you out in the market to buy a petrol SUV, and do not mind going for something not too mainstream, yet capable and feature packed, the Captur is definitely worth considering.

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