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Test Drive: Renault Captur 1.5 dCi MT

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Test Drive: Renault Captur 1.5 dCi MT

Renault has been producing the Captur in Spain (Valladolid) since 2013 and after having a go in all versions of the crossover, the inautonews.com team has recently tested out one of the most desired ones, the 1.5 dCi MT.

Engine and Transmission

The tested vehicle came with the 1.5 dCi diesel engine, which is also used, under different configurations, on other models produced by Renault or Dacia, including the new Clio, the Logan, Sandero, Duster and so on. On the Captur, the unit is producing a total output of 90 HP (66 kW), at 4,000 rpm, and it has a peak torque of 220 Nm (162 lb-ft), available from just 1,750 rpm. The engine is one of my favorite in this class but the sad part is that Renault is not offering the larger 1.6 dCi on the Captur, at least for the moment.

Power is being sent to the front wheels through a five-speed manual transmission in this case, which is doing its job properly, but even so, I would suggest turning towards the EDC (double clutch). The 0 to 100 km/h acceleration would take more with the automatic, but it’s worth the wait. The fact that the peak torque is available from low rpms will make you feel like you can do just about anything in the Captur, including burning some rubber and attending corners at a chosen speed, but once you will reach approximately 3,000 rpm, the play will end because the crossover would then feel like it’s struggling, another reason for Renault to offer the larger 1.6 dCi to the Captur (and not only).

Fuel Consumption

Renault says that the Captur is burning an average of just 4.2 liters of fuel around the city and 3.4 liters once you will reach the highway. The real figures are, of course, kind of different, because in the urban environment the crossover wants to “eat” about 5.5L / 100km and on the open road, chances are the trip computer will indicate more like 4.2. This is actually great because the main competitors of the Captur, like the Trax, the Mokka or its cousin, the Juke, which has the same engine under its hood in this version, all of them are burning more than 4.5L / 100km on the highway.

The Ride

We have already tested out all versions of the Captur, including the Energy TCe90 or the TCe120 EDC, and we have to admit the similarities between this and its cousin, the Nissan Juke. The Captur feels very much like the Juke in terms of suspension and steering, but Renault is giving its word that this is a completely new model. The best part is that if you’re not a fan of the Juke’s wild design, but you appreciate it as a good car, you can always turn your head towards the more toned down look of the Captur, without losing anything.

I personally remember when having a go in the 1.2 TCe Dynamique that the Captur gave me quite a scare after it understeered at about 30 km/h, in a roundabout, but my instinct told me that it was because of the winter tires, and I wasn’t wrong, because I wanted to see if it would oversteer again, for no obvious reason and it hadn’t let me down. So choose your tires carefully when the cold weather arrives.

The ride height is one of the things that made me appreciate the Captur and the Renault officials make sure you remember this, because, as they are saying, it is exactly the same as the one of the Nissan Qashqai. This comes in pretty handy in a crowded city where you can easily park it, with one or two wheels, on the sidewalk. Nature fans will also appreciate this because you can leave the road for small trims and you won’t have to constantly worry about ruining the engine bay or the exhaust system.

Interior Design

Step inside the Captur and you will easily recognize the dashboard. It comes from the new Clio generation and it does have some interesting touches and a futuristic design. The glossy parts will always assure you that you will see any particles of dust which came in. As you are probably used to, the Captur is offering the R-Link infotainment system. It has plenty of “toys” in it to play with but make sure you try the R Sound and click on the Clio V6. This means that you will hear the sound of the six-cylinder hot hatch in your speakers, but there is a downside: you will burn an excessive amount of fuel trying to keep it in high revs. Not recommendable.

A lot of storage spaces are being offered inside the Captur and we have to mention here the huge cooled glovebox, which will easily fit your lunch, a soda bottle and all the things you constantly keep in your car that you don’t need. You get some cup holders so that you won’t spill your drinks, a phone storage compartment, which sadly is too small for a 5.0-inch display smartphone, and others. The seats are surprisingly comfortable, but, then again, Renault has gotten us used to this. The cargo volume is quite impressive for its segment, 377 liters.

Likes / Dislikes

A big “like” goes to the 1.5 dCi engine, which should be the first choice when ordering a Captur if you’re concerned in fuel consumption, but make sure to choose the EDC version. The R Link is a “must” too, , along with the heated seats or the automatic headlights. But the bad part is that with the automatic headlights also come the rain-sensing wipers which only work when they want to. The stop/start system will most of the times refuse to stop your engine, when you’re sitting at a traffic light, but even so, you will save a significant amount of fuel, not to mention cutting down on CO2 emissions, with it.

Safety

The Renault Captur has received a maximum 5-star safety rating when it was tested out by Euro NCAP, last year. The crossover scored 88 percent in Adult Occupant, 79 Percent in Child Occupant, 61 Percent in Pedestrian Safety and 81 percent in the Safety Assist.

Price
Entry-level: 12,600 EUR
Tested vehicle: 15,200 EUR

Tested Vehicle
Renault Captur Energy dCi90 Stop&Start
Engine: 1.5L diesel
Power: 90 HP @ 4,000 rpm
Torque: 220 Nm @1,750 rpm
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Dimensions: length 4,122mm, width 1,778mm, height 1,566mm
Weight: 1,170 kg
Fuel Tank Capacity: 45L
Trunk Capacity: 377L
0-100km/h: 13.1s
Top Speed: 171 km/h
Rating:

4.1 / 5

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by Cristian Gnaticov (my Google+) - Thursday, May 8th, 2014 - filed under News, Renault, Sticky news, Test Drive. Image credit: .
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