The French are a stylish lot really, and this comes through in the cars that they create. They really spend a lot of time on making a car look good. With this test-drive I feel it's safe to say that they did the job very well. We're looking at the Renault Captur and like their French colleagues in Peugeot with their 2008 they really created the right style formula, but can Renault offer as much in the drive department as they do in style?
This particular style of vehicle won't appeal to everyone but it certainly will have its fans. This small SUV is very curvaceous and stands out from the rest in terms of style. One of the closest competitors to the Captur would be the Peugeot 2008 and in terms of how it looks the Captur is what I would call the more flamboyant one. I'm not a major fan of the Arizona Orange colour on the model I tested, but I imagine it looks fantastic in black. The orange stands out too much for my liking.
One of the great things about how this vehicle is presented is that customers can personalise everything in terms of style, from colour coded mirrors and grilles to interior additions.
Inside the Captur is laid out in a user-friendly way. The space is nicely designed both to the front and the rear of this mini-SUV Crossover. The plastics are nice and don't appear cheap and the touch screen sits nicely into the centre console. As interiors go it is very attractive. The only negative I found in this particular interior is the lack of a centre armrest.
The Captur is available with two choices of engine in the TCe 90 and the dCi90. The TCe is a 5-gear manual vehicle running off 3 cylinders. The vehicle itself is run by a .9litre engine and offers a staggering-for-its-size 90bhp. The dCi 90 offers a bigger 1.5litre engine and also offers 90bhp.
On paper both vehicles will offer you a top-speed of 171 km/h. We are told that the TCe 90 will give you 0-100km/h in 12.9 seconds where as the dCi 90 will offer the same in 13.1 seconds.
Price, CO2, etc.
The 50 or so kilometres I did drive were in the city and I found that the Captur very economical for this purpose. This mini-SUV Crossover is "town friendly". The combined cycle fuel consumption for the Captur on paper is 4.9 litres per 100km with the TCe, and 3.6 litres per 100km with the diesel. Renault tells us that the CO2 emissions for the TCe is 113g/km and the dCi is 95g/km.
The CBG.ie verdict
Usually at this point I would give my overall verdict on the vehicle but because this was a brief test drive I won't do that. I will say, that in terms of style, this is a good looking car which offers great comfort. I'm impressed by the internal space of the vehicle and I like the fact that the back seats can be manoeuvred forward and back for more space. I look forward to a more complete test of the Renault Captur.