Renault Captur

Renault Captur Motability car frontThe Renault Captur is a compact SUV based on the delightful Renault Clio and shares a platform and engines with its main competitor the Nissan Juke, Renault and Nissan have been in partnership since 1999.  Unlike the Vauxhall Mokka and as with the Peugeot 2008 there is no four wheel drive Captur, but unlike its french cousin that offers Grip control the Captur concentrates on being the best looking crossover in the car park, and it is a picture, particularly with the option of contrasting roof colour.

 

Renault Captur Motability car interior

To Mobility customers the Captur is available in Dymanique, Dynamique ‘S’ or Signature trim, Dymanique offers an astounding level of equipment, climate control, automatic lights and wipers, hands-free key card with push button start/stop, 17″ alloy wheels, washable and removable seat covers and the wonderful 7″ touchscreen multimedia system with integrated Sat Nav. The ‘blinged’ Dynamique ‘S’ adds rear parking sensors and the ability to choose the design of your Captur’s interior, you can add colour to the car by choosing a body matching dashboard design, colour inserts to the alloy wheels, a contrasting roof colour, as well as hands-free and finger audio controls to the upgraded audio system. The Signature gets 17-inch alloys, plenty of chrome detailing and a two-tone paint finish, part-leather upholstery, exclusive mats, colour-coded detailing on the centre console and air vents, uprated stereo with 3D sound, rear parking camera and ‘Grip Xtend’ – a traction control system that assists on difficult surfaces, giving the front-wheel drive Captur some off-road ability.

 

Renault Captur Motability car cut awayA three cylinder 0.9 petrol and the 1.5 diesel are the power options for the Captur, both only have 90bhp to draw from and as a result progress is not rapid, 0-62 miles per hour in five speed petrol manual guise is 13 seconds and the top speed of 106 miles per hour keeps the Captur away from the boy racer brigade. The diesel copes better with the extra bulk of the Captur, the extra mid range grunt makes for a more engaging drive, economy of both engines is excellent but the diesel has a claimed return of 76 miles per gallon compared to 56 for the petrol. The 1.5 diesel is available with a six speed dual clutch automatic gearbox which drops the economy to 72.4 miles per gallon and the 0-62 time increases to 13.5 seconds. A 1.2 litre petrol offering 52.3 miles per gallon and an increased power out put of 120bhp with a six speed dual clutch automatic is now available, the extra power suits the car, while there is a manual mode, there are no paddles behind the steering wheel. Instead, you simply knock the gear lever forwards or back to change up and down. A new 110bhp version of the 1.5 diesel is now available alongside the 90bhp engine which offers six forward gears against five, 0-62 in 11.4 seconds and combined economy of 76.4 miles per gallon.

Summer Best Buy – Renault Captur 1.5 Diesel (110) or 0.9 petrol Dymanique Nav  Manual  – Nil Advance Payment (£59.29 wpms)

Summer Best Buy – Renault Captur 1.5 Diesel (90)  Dymanique Nav 6 speed Automatic  –  £295 Advance Payment (£61.26 wpms)