After the success with their compact SUV the Duster, Renault is all set to take over the premium compact SUV segment with the Captur, Renault calls it a premium SUV with cross over DNA.  It’s going to face competition from the Hyundai Creta and the Jeep Compass. Let’s see what Renault has to offer.

Exterior

The Indian Captur is different from the one sold in Europe although they may look identical. The Captur shares the same platform as that of the Duster, but it’s hard to tell they both have that in common. With its swooping lines and curves the Captur looks good and fresh. It gets funky C-shaped day time running lights and all LED headlights with Audi like swiping indicators.

From the side the Captur looks more like a cross over than a bulky SUV, but the large wheel arches and 17 inch alloys make it look like one. A contrasting roof is standard. The design of the alloys is classy. Renault also provides with options of personalising the Captur, with roof stickers and chrome detailing. Going by the dimensions the Captur fits right in between of the Creta and Compass, but is shortest of the lot.

The Captur has sleek and small tail lamps with ripple effect, the rear looks like a combination of the Duster and their hatchback Kwid.  All in all the Captur looks good and distinctive.

Interiors

The cabin of the Captur looks good and modern, you will like what you see at least at first glance, the dash has an interesting shape and design. The seats have quilted leather like upholstery which look premium. The instrument cluster has a nice butterfly look to it, but on closer inspection you’ll see  parts borrowed from other Renaults, like the climate control panel has been picked up from the Duster and the 7-inch touchscreen is shared with all Renaults right from the Kwid and above. Other drawbacks are the small sized glove box and the controls for the infotainment screen are mounted behind the steering column, the plastics used in the car are hard and scratchy all over which isn’t expected from a car of this class.

Getting into the backseat of the Captur is a bit uneasy as the door sill is quite high so you have to get your foot over it, the space in the back is adequate not as good as the Creta or Compass but you’ll be comfortable. The rear seat is flat so a third passenger would also be comfortable.

With all seats up the boot capacity is 392-lts, which is 83-lts less than the Duster, but you can fold down the rear seats to get more space.

Engine

Renault will launch the Captur with two engine options which have been borrowed from the Duster.

  1. 4 cylinder 1500cc Petrol engine which produces [email protected] and 140-Nm of torque @ 4000-rpm which is mated to 5-speed manual gearbox.
  2. 4 cylinder 1500cc Diesel engine which produces [email protected] and 240-Nm of torque @ 1750-rpm which is mated to 6-speed manual gearbox.

Launch date for the automatic and all-wheel drive variants of the Captur have not been given by Renault yet.

Feature List

 

The top end Platine variant offers quilted leather seats, 7-inch touch screen with navigation, reverse parking camera and sensors, climate control, cruise control, automatic headlamps and wipers, ambient lighting, push button start and rear ac vents for the passengers. Android auto and Apple car play is missing and so is a sunroof.

Safety

For safety the top of the line Platine variant offers ABS, front and side airbags, speed limiter, hill start assist, electronic stability control and ISOFIX child seat mounts. The Captur has also been given a 5 start safety rating by Euro NCAP.

Launch and Pricing

Booking are open for the Captur but the car will be available in the market sometime near Diwali 2017. Renault will be aggressive with the pricing of the Captur and will price it between 11-17 lakh of rupees.