Recently Renault Captur launched in India. It is the car that is based on Indian conditions, have great looks and designed well. One other speciality is that the cost of Renault Captur is under the budget of a common man.
The Renault Captur is certainly a very interesting proposition in this mid-size SUV space. With its typical ‘European Renault’ design owing to the shorter bonnet creating a cab-forward design, it looks like nothing else we’ve seen in this space in India.
In many ways, it’s like a dressed-up Duster – a Duster++ if you will – and that’s not a bad thing at all, considering just how capable the Duster actually is.
- While it still hasn’t quite reached the heights of its Indo-Japanese and Korean rivals, Renault has been making some interesting cars for the Indian market. While the levels of success seen by its models have been mixed, the French carmaker now wants to make a stronger impression in the mid-size SUV/crossover segment. But let’s face it, the competition here is pretty tough.
- The Captur we’re getting is one that’s specifically made for emerging markets, built on the company’s M0 platform that’s proven its mettle in the Duster. In fact, it’s already gone on sale in Russia but is spelt ‘Kaptur’ thanks to the letter ‘C’ being pronounced as ‘S’ in the Cyrillic alphabet.
- from the outside, it’s almost impossible to tell that the Captur is based on the Duster platform. It mirrors the European Captur’s design language, with swooping lines, curves and minimum angles, making it inherently French in its aesthetics, contrasting the Duster’s more Romanian origins.
- Big wheel arches over the wonderfully designed ‘crystal cut’ 17-inch wheels sporting 215/60 rubber and the massive 210mm ground clearance lend it the unmistakable proportions of an SUV.
- Speaking about LEDs, there are lots of them across the car. Apart from the aforementioned DRLs and fog lamp combo, the tail-lights, as well as the headlights, are also full LED. There are LED ambient lighting on the inside as well, but more on that later.
- The wrap-around dashboard is a fresh design and certainly feels like a step up from the Dusters. There are also some great design touches such as the butterfly-shaped instrument cluster that gets a large digital speedometer in the centre, flanked by a tachometer and a fuel gauge. And I really like the ambient LED lighting and design of the air conditioner controls.
- Then there are some slightly wonky design elements, like the centre armrest – it doesn’t fold away and interferes with the operation of the handbrake lever. We really hope that all variants of the Captur offer hill- hold assist; trying to start moving from a standstill on an incline will be quite tricky otherwise.
- Renault made a big deal about its ‘panoramic’ windscreen and minimal A-pillars, along with the quarter windows designed to provide you much better situational awareness of what’s around and in front of you. While the side-to-side visibility is great, sitting so high up behind a raked windshield cuts out a bit of the view of the sky.
What’s it like to drive?
- Renault offers the tried-and-tested 1.5-litre H4K petrol mated to a five-speed manual and a 1.5-litre K9K diesel motor with a six-speed manual on the Captur in India for now. On our first drive, we got the diesel version and we were quite impressed with it. This DCi motor makes 110hp and 240Nm like in the more powerful version of the Duster, but refinement levels have really hit a new high. On the Captur, this engine is the quietest it’s ever been.
- With a wide powerband like this, overtaking manoeuvres are a breeze. And combined with the car’s solid stability on wide open roads and fairly high speeds, it has all the makings of a great highway cruiser.
- Ride quality is another area that the Captur does really well in. It’s sprung a bit stiffer than the Duster, and it isn’t plush in the same way some of its competitors are, over broken roads it handles quite well. While occupants aren’t completely isolated from bumps, none of them is jarring, apart from the really sharp ones.
Renault Captur Price In India
Renault has launched the new Captur SUV in India priced at Rs. 9.99 lakh for the base petrol RXE model, going up to Rs. 13.88 lakh for the top-end Platine diesel variant.
- Petrol: Rs. 9.99 lakh – Rs. 11.69 lakh
- Diesel: Rs. 11.39 lakh to Rs. 13.09 lakh
- Platine (diesel): Rs. 13.88 lakh