First Drive – Renault Captur

The Captur is slightly longer than the Clio but slightly shorter than the Nissan Juke

The Captur is slightly longer than the Clio but slightly shorter than the Nissan Juke

We travelled to Biarritz to drive the Renault Clio-based Captur, ahead of its Irish Launch in July

What is it? Small crossovers are flavour of the month and Renault’s 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, the version most likely to be the volume seller here.
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.

Inside the Captur feels like an MPV with lots of space

Inside the Captur feels like an MPV with lots of space

How Much? Prices will not be confirmed until the car arrives in Ireland in July but we would expect it to be in the region of €18,000.

How Safe? Safety features are shared with the Clio, a car that received a maximum five stars when tested by the EuroNCAP and there is no reason to believe the Captur will not achieve similar.

What about my options: Two trim options are available Life and Intense, full details will not be announced until July but standard features will include sliding rear seat, reversible boot floor, keycard for locking and starting, electrically-adjustable heated door mirrors, electric front and rear windows, height- and reach-adjustable steering wheel, Hill Start Assist (HSA), ABS, emergency brake assist, Bluetooth connectivity for audio devices and telephones, USB port and jack socket, cruise control, speed limiter, leather steering wheel and motorway mode indicators.
Engines choices will include a 898cc petrol (Energy TCe 90) and the 1.5 diesel (Energy dCi 90) that we drove.  According to Renault this uses just 78.4 mpg and emits 95g of CO2 per km both record low figures for Captur’s class

3 words to describe the Renault Captur: Funky, comfortable, economical


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26th April, 2013

Author: Geraldine Herbert

Motoring Editor and Columnist for the Sunday Independent and editor of wheelsforwomen. Geraldine is also a regular contributor to Good Housekeeping (UK), EuroNews and to RTÉ, Newstalk, TodayFM, BBC Radio and Vigin Media. You can follow Geraldine on Twitter at @GerHerbert1

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