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Test Drive: Renault Captur 1.2 TCe Dynamique

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Test Drive: Renault Captur 1.2 TCe Dynamique

The Renault Captur, or the Renault Samsung QM3, as it is also known is some markets, has been in production since last year and it’s currently being assembled in Valladolid, Spain, coming as a front-engine, front-wheel drive small crossover.

Engine and Transmission

The brand new Captur is available with several engine options, like the 0.9 liter petrol, the 1.2 liter petrol or the 1.5 liter diesel, mated to either a 5-speed manual or a 6-speed automatic transmission. We’ve chosen the top of the line version for our test, equipped with the 1.2 liter unit, which is producing a total output of 120 HP (85 kW), at 4,900 rpm, and it has a peak torque of 190 Nm, available at 2,000 rpm. The official performance figures are showing 10.9 seconds needed for a 0 to 100 km/h sprint and a top speed of 192 km/h which, honestly, is not so hard to reach, even if you have a small unit under your hood.

Power is being sent, through the 6-speed EDC, exclusively to the front-wheel drive and all-wheel drive isn’t available for Renault and it will not be even in the future because the company has discussed this “story” with Nissan and they were inspired by the Juke which was sold in very few units with AWD. So, there you have it, if you want an AWD Captur, but a Juke, even if there is absolutely no similarity between the two, except for the shared 1.5 liter engine.

Fuel Consumption

If you like the Renault Captur and a 1.2 liter turbocharged unit doesn’t sound too bad, this should be the obvious choice for anyone who isn’t looking for a diesel. The official fuel consumption figures stand at 4.7 liters of fuel on the highway and 6.6 liters in the city, with an average of 5.4 liters. Our test has brought us a figure of just under 7L / 100km on the highway and more than 8.5L / 100km in the city, and this was an unpleasant surprise, considering the fact that we’re not used to having such a big gap in this chapter with Renault vehicles.

The Ride

Despite not having a common platform or some underpinnings with the Nissan Juke, the Renault Captur is very similar to its cousin when it comes to things like the driving position, the feel of the steering, the brakes, the suspension system and so on so if you’re not really a fan of the Juke’s look, you can always turn your head towards the Captur and you will find a surprisingly comfortable vehicle. However, the small French crossover gave me a scare when it understeered in a roundabout at approximately 30 km/h. I blame the winter tires for this because the road was dry, but make sure you accommodate to it if you’re going to buy one.

One of the best things about the Renault Captur is its ride height which, as the company is saying, it’s exactly the same as the one of the Qashqai so if you’re living in a crowded city, with not enough parking spaces, you won’t have to worry about parking it with one wheel or two on the sidewalk. This comes in pretty good if you’re a nature fan because you can play with it outside the road without constantly thinking that you’re going to ruin the exhaust or the engine bay.

Interior design

The Renault Captur has a cabin similar to the one used on the new Clio generation and this is quite normal considering the fact that the two of them are sharing the same platform. Your will easily recognize the dashboard, the steering wheel and some other features, but you will also learn how to miss on an armrest.

Renault is offering a lot of storage spaces inside the Captur, you get some cup holders so you won’t spill your drink, you will get a huge cooled glovebox, a secret compartment on top of the dashboard but you will need to keep your phone in your pocket especially if this is one with a 5.0-inch display.

Renault has fitted the new Captur with the R-Link which will definitely keep you busy for days but the most fun part about it is the integrated R Sound, which will play in your speakers the engine sound of the Clio V6, of the Clio Cup, of the Laguna Coupe and so on. My own personal advice is to select Clio V6, because it does sound the best, and if it will eventually get to annoy you, just adjust its volume from the same menu and you’re good to go.

If you think that we’re done, you’re mistaking because we will move our discussion to the seats which, besides being surprisingly comfortable, they are also offering side support and, if you do spill your drink on them, don’t worry, because Renault allows you to take them off simply by unzipping them. You can then wash them 6 times and if you dare to do it for the seventh time, don’t worry, because probably nothing will happen.

The Renault Captur is offering, besides the plenty of storage spaces in the cabin, enough leg room and head room for the passengers and it also has a cargo volume of 377 liters, which is impressive for its size, so you’re a young dad with a passion for nature who wants something safe to drive to work every day, to take your kid to school and to go on trips every weekend, than the Captur may be what you have been looking for.

Likes / Dislikes

There isn’t much to hate on the Captur except probably for not having some goodies, such as the Stop / Start system, which would cut down on fuel consumption and on CO2 emissions, the front armrest and that’s about all. As far as the likes chapter goes, here we can mention the R-Link, the practical interior, the very competitive price range and the many personalization options.

Safety

Euro NCAP has awarded the Renault Captur with a 5-star safety rating, with 88 percent in Adult Occupant protection, 79 percent in Child Occupant, 61 percent in Pedestrian Safety and 81 percent in the Safety Assist category. The tested vehicle was a Captur 1.0 Zen.

Price

Entry-level – 12,750 euros, VAT included
Tested version – 17,350 euros, VAT included

by Cristian Gnaticov (my Google+) - Monday, December 2nd, 2013 - filed under Editors, News, Renault, Sticky news, Test Drive. Image credit: .
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