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French elegance combined with the best-in-class roominess made new Captur a desire for performance- and budget-oriented motorists. The 2015 model year brought a lot of useful features to this compact SUV, including a variety of trims and bright paintworks. Renault Captur review unveils a bunch of other peculiarities worth of your attention.
Bodywork & Cabin
The 2015 Captur boasts 163 mm clearance as well as a high hip point. The first index implies that the vehicle is ready to easily overcome any off-road obstacle, while the second one ensures that the occupants could get in and out of the saloon with a wet finger. The front doors are opened angle-wise to facilitate the landing and unloading. The only probable drawback is the availability of doorsills which enable the passengers to lengthen their stride.
Outside, the model is distinguished by a large Renault badge, a bow-tie grille and advanced headlights on the front. The chassis looks tall, implying lots of space inside the cabin. Indeed, Captur enjoys a voluminous 377-liter trunk that might be enlarged to 455 liters with the backseats sliding to the front; moreover, when the backrests are entirely folded, the boot is increasing to 1235 liters – an excellent result for a crossover. The trunk floor can be angled to provide a decent support for the packages with fragile content.
One of the key peculiarities of the saloon is upholstery. Instead of traditional seat covers Renault employs mobile cloth covers with sticky tapes. Once the seats are stained, it’s possible to remove the cloth, clean it and then apply it again. The trim is all about black plastic panels and tinted rear windows. The cockpit has got a digital speedometer. The on-board computer entails a comprehensive info about the car, including fuel consumption, etc.
Storage options are the other attractive feature of Captur. There is a glove box that is moved forward like a wardrobe box, an optional armrest, cup-holders, a central fusebox, and spacious door pockets. The infotainment system consists of a 7-inch touchscreen with satnav apps. Base kit also includes cruise control, air conditioning, Bluetooth phone connection, and keyless entry.
Optionally, the customer is able to substitute base facilities with an advanced R-Link infotainment system as well as various interior color schemes.
There are four powertrain options which we’re going to describe in Renault Captur review. The inventory consists of two gasoline and the same number of diesel engines. Gasoline vehicles come equipped with either 0.9-liter (3-cylinder) or 1.2-liter (4-cylinder) engines. The junior solution is able to demonstrate 89 horsepower, whereas the senior one is rated at 118 horsepower paired with a dual-clutch auto transmission (EDC).
The 1.5 turbodiesel engines are able to perform at 89 & 110 horsepower. They are supposed to be more fuel-efficient and friendlier to the environment. The diesel-version models can be mated with a 5-speed manual gearbox.
Renault Captur is unique in the number of trims. There are 5 main styling packages as well as a variety of eye-catching additional ones, designed specifically for the US market (i.e. Miami, Arizona, Manhattan). Upon the whole, the base version of the model allows for a customer-oriented personalization.
Hence, all the trims – upmarket Signature, Expression, Extression +, Dynamique S Media Nav, and Dynamique Media Nav – feature cruise control, electric windows and alloy wheels. The high-end Signature Captur offers the best-in-class facilities, involving leather upholstery and finish, an innovative multimedia, parking camera and some other pleasant details.
Expression version comes with an additional climate control, while its upper version, Expression +, gets a chrome exterior, fog lights, sill protectors, and boot lid. Dynamique Media Nav boasts all above-mentioned features plus a top-notch touchscreen and a user-friendly menu. The senior S trim version offers 17-inch wheels with color inserts (orange, black or silver) and two-color body paintwork where the rooftop and door mirrors are painted in a contrasting to the rest of the chassis color.
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