Captur Dynamique MediaNav TCe 120 Auto
first crossover is the
five-door supermini B-segment-sized
Captur (no e please, shes
which has just started to arrive in UK
dealerships at prices ranging from
£12,495 to £18,895...
CAPTUR SLOTS NEATLY into the fast-developing new sector which combines supermini
hatchback size with SUV/MPV/4x4 looks. The market-leading Nissan Juke uses the
same platform as its Alliance-partner Renault's new Clio, and now the Captur.
Rivals for your 'Captur' money are plenty: the Nissan Juke, Peugeot's new 2008
crossover, Skoda Yeti, the Vauxhall Mokka, Chevrolet's Trax, and Dacia's budget-priced
The MINI Countryman (including the ALL4 4WD variants) is yet another contender,
and soon Fiat joins this small crossover circus with their 500L Trekking. Plus
Ford, who will have their Fiesta-based EcoSport range on the market before the
end of the year.
Size matters in today's economically-stressed market and the B-segment now accounts
for around one third of all new cars sold in the UK, mostly fuelled by downsizers
who want more than a conventional small hatchback. They also like the ruggedness
and style of an SUV and the higher and more versatile seating layout of an MPV,
but want the lower running and taxation costs of a supermini hatch.
'must have' requirement, started by MINI and continued by Fiat but now part
of most manufacturers' planning, is personalisation. As demonstrated by 50%
of Clio customers taking these extra features to make the model of their choice.
requirement, started by
MINI and continued
by Fiat but now part of
and the Captur
offers a world of it...
In addition to the core Expression and Expression+ Captur models, and the likely
best-selling Dynamique MediaNav and Dynamique S MediaNav levels of specification,
the Captur personalisation programme adds the choices of Arizona, Miami and
Manhattan combinations of interior and exterior bodywork colours, wheels, trims
all giving the Captur endless permutations to be kitted out for life in the
The well-equipped Expression comes with 16-inch alloy wheels, 60:40 split and
sliding rear seat bench, body-coloured bumpers, cruise control, ECO mode (up
to 10% fuel saving), electronic stability control, traction control, front and
rear electric windows, hill-start assist, speed limiter and trip computer.
Moving to Expression+ takes things up a notch with front fog lights, body-coloured
door mirrors and handles and hands-free keycard. It also features auto lights
and wipers and climate control.
The likely UK best-seller, Dynamique MediaNav, brings in the world of personalisation
as well as zipped seat covers which can be simply wiped or washed. They can
also (good thinking!) be replaced to freshen up the interior come resale time.
Its personalisation comes in the form, among others, of a chrome colour pack
covering the headlight surrounds and tailgate strip, plus centre console, air
vent and gearlever gaiter surround.
Naturally, the mid-range trim, befitting its name, features MediaNav, the integrated
multimedia tablet with seven-inch touchscreen including Navteq Nav 'n' Go SatNav,
4x20W Arkamys radio, Bluetooth, USB and hands-free technology. It also has cornering
lights and a leather steering wheel (with a gloss insert) and gearknob.
off the newcomer's line-up is Dynamique S MediaNav. As the flagship version
it gains folding door mirrors, rear parking sensors, heated front seats, a contrasting
roof and door mirror colour, plus coloured exterior gloss and interior Touch
Packs, tinted rear windows and 17-inch coloured alloy wheels.
significant omission is for the option of four-wheel drive or an alternative
grip control 2WD system as Peugeot offers for the new 2008. That noted, Renault
is now considering offering such an option and they do have a Grip Xtend traction
control system in their Scenic MPV range.
The significant omission is for the option of
four-wheel drive or an alternative grip control 2WD system as Peugeot
offers for the new 2008. That noted, Renault is now considering offering
such an option...
Renault's initial decision not to include it in the Captur's long list of options
was based on the fact that in the UK just 4% of Nissan Jukes are sold with 4WD.
With our disintegrating road surfaces and erratic and changing weather conditions
bringing more flooding, and with less treatment for our ice-and snow-covered
winter roads, rural customers at least would willingly pay a bit extra for the
added peace-of-mind provided by a modern on-demand 4WD system or at least a
simple added front-wheel drive traction system which generally includes tougher,
grippier and more durable tyres.
Renault sees the Captur as appealing to a young family urban audience. I disagree
in part; why restrict its appeal by pigeonholing it
open up its attraction to rural dwellers young and old.
On the subject of choices, there are currently three turbocharged engines to
choose from including the all-new 1.2 TCe 120 four-cylinder petrol EDC automatic.
Joining it is the 0.9 TCe 90 three-pot petrol and the 1.5 dCi 90 four-cylinder
diesel. An EDC dual-clutch version of the dCi 90 will follow later in 2013.
Improving fuel economy and helping to drive down emissions still further, Stop&Start
is standard on every manual transmission Captur. The dCi 90 also sits conveniently
under the 100g/km VED band
meaning there's no road tax in either the first year, or currently, beyond.
The Captur is most likely to be bought by retail customers where price matters
but not at the expense of reasonable performance, so the 1.5-litre dCi 90 diesel
with Stop&Start, giving an official 76.4mpg with only 95g/km emissions, would
be my choice, especially as the Expression version costs an appealing £13,895.
Its higher torque output of 162lb ft from 1,750rpm makes it more responsive
to drive, really flexible at low in-town speeds with good pick-up midrange and
should, in real-life, return around 60mpg.
is always the choice of the tiny 0.9-litre, three-cylinder TCe 90 petrol engine
which carries the lowest purchase price (from £12,495) and, being a retail car,
this is likely to be the best-seller.
The Captur is most
likely to be bought by
retail customers where
price matters but not
at the expense of
reasonable performance, so the 1.5-litre dCi 90
diesel (with Stop&Start,
an official 76.4mpg and
would be my choice...
But I would suggest it's worth paying the extra £1,400 and going for the more
responsive 1.5-litre dCi 90 diesel engine which will nicer to drive, better
for fuel economy and has lower taxes.
Against? No 4WD or Grip Xtend system, no lower spec model with this 118bhp TCe
120 engine and no manual gearbox option, fidgety ride, and cornering bodyroll.
Some versions plus options also look too expensive.
On the plus side, the Captur brings quirky but pleasing styling both inside
and out, it's roomy with a good sized boot (377 to 1,235-litres), the elevated
seating and good visibility make it easy to live with, and there's a wide range
of personalisation options.
Whichever version is chosen the Captur should be a strong sales competitor in
this new sector. It has quirky 'notice me' looks, the handling is nimble although
the ride is fidgety
not uncomfortable, but it feels less settled on country roads. And at just over
four-metres in length it is relatively roomy with a large boot.
Renault Captur Dynamique MediaNav TCe 120 Auto
Top speed: 119mph | 0-62mph: 10.9 seconds | Average Test MPG: 40.1mpg
Power: 118bhp | Torque: 140lb ft | CO2 125g/km