Renault has made an XMOD version of the popular Captur crossover and this is currently available for order in two versions, range-topping petrol or dCi diesel.
The Renault Captur is truly a “trusty old friend” because this will probably get you out of any situation, it will allow you to squeeze through high traffic, park it easily and admire nature at the end of the week. Where ever I have taken the Captur in the past it hadn’t let me down so when a call came and proposed an XMOD dCi EDC version of the sub-compact model, I just couldn’t say no.
Engine and Transmission
Renault is currently offering the Captur XMOD in three versions, with the 0.9-liter engine, producing 90 HP and 135 Nm of torque, with the 1.2 liter petrol burner rated at 116 HP and 190 Nm of torque and the 1.5 liter dCi, generating 90 HP and 220 Nm of torque. The tested car came with the diesel burner which is familiar to most of you from the Dacia models and also from the Nissan Juke.
This is probably one of the most interesting diesel engines in the segment and it is capable of producing 90 HP (66 kW) at 4,000 rpm and 220 Nm (162 lb-ft) of torque, available at 1,750 rpm, in this version. Power is being sent to the front-wheel drive through that brilliant EDC double-clutch transmission, providing it with a 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) acceleration time of 13.5 seconds and a top speed of 171 km/h.
The 1.5L dCi is my second favorite engine in the Renault – Nissan – Dacia alliance, right after the 1.6 liter dCi, which, in my opinion, has a huge chance of making its way onto the next-gen Logan, Sandero, Duster and not only. The unit is providing enough torque to get you from A to B in no time and to allow you to overtake that vehicle in front safely. Connected to the EDC, is a definite “must”, because this is one of the best gearboxes available, without taking into consideration the premium segments. Don’t expect a sporty driving feel because the Captur XMOD dCi isn’t about that but expect a reliable ride which won’t empty your pocket.
Renault says that the average fuel consumption of the Captur dCi XMOD stands at 3.9 liters burned every 100 km. This is really the best in the segment, without taking into consideration the 2008, which is announcing 3.8L / 100km, but during our test, the sub-compact vehicle indicated around 5.5L / 100km on the highway and up to 7L / 100km in the city. This isn’t bad at all especially because you can go even lower and don’t act too surprised if you will eventually meet the official fuel consumption figures, on a perfect day. At 130 km/h on the highway, in sixth gear, the Captur will eat up 5.8L / 100km.
Just like every other versions of the Captur tested by us over these past few years, the dCi XMOD EDC isn’t letting us down. It is one comfortable ride, even more comfortable than the Juke, it can corner pretty well and because this is still the “XMOD” version, the carmaker has fitted a knob which is changing the way the ESP is behaving, compared to the driving surface. You can choose between “No Grip Road”, “All Roads Mode” and “Automatic Mode”. This is exactly the same system as the one found on the Scenic XMOD.
The range-topping version is bringing a lot of interesting tweaks such as the R-Link infotainment system with the large screen fitted to the middle of the dashboard. You can play with different features such as the R Sound effect, in which you can try the Clio V6 engine sound through your speakers. This is fun for about 30 minutes but you will eventually turn it off. It will also make you burn an excessive amount of fuel trying to keep the engine in high revs so it’s not really recommendable.
The company has also fitted this particular ride with black accents on the dashboard, with a carbon fiber imitation on the steering wheel, the updated upholstery, the single-zone automatic climate control, trip computer, four electric windows, electric side mirrors, automatic headlights and windscreen wipers, cruise control, speed limiter, a sound system and that huge glovebox which you’ve probably gotten used to by now. You also get a lot of storage spaces inside it and even a place to host your phone.
Even if I wouldn’t have believed to say it, I have to admit that I prefer the wacky colors in the cabin of the Captur instead of this black finished one because they are contributing to its personality. So, remember kids, go for a bright orange or blue when choosing these and not for the regular black.
Likes / Dislikes
I particularly like the way the Captur XMOD looks, with its added plastic body panels which are giving it a more rugged design. The fuel consumption has to be in this category too, because it is simply brilliant. The R-Link is a “must”, along with the heated seats and the automatic headlights. You also have to order the EDC along with this engine and you can thank me later. I didn’t like the fact that it didn’t have a stop/start system, the lack of side support for the front seats and the large wheels which aren’t suitable for a mild off-road.
Renault Captur EDC dCi X<PD Engine: 1.5L diesel, 1,461 cc
Power: 90 HP @ 4,000 rpm
Torque: 220 Nm @1,750 rpm
Transmission: automatic, double-clutch
Dimensions: length 4,122mm, width 1,778mm, height 1,566mm
Weight: 1,288 kg
Fuel Tank Capacity: 45L
Trunk Capacity: 377L
Top Speed: 171 km/h
Starting price: 13,100 EUR, VAT included
Tested Car: 19,050 EUR, VAT included
4.1 / 5