The Renault Captur is one of the best-selling crossovers in Europe, but on local shores it is slowly gaining popularity. The Captur arrived in this country back in 2017 through local distributor TCEC (TC Euro Cars). In the year 2019, TCEC have finally introduced an updated version of this ‘French Connection’ Crossover. We took a spin with the Renault Captur courtesy of Renault Malaysia.
The Captur is not as large as standard SUVs, but it carries a ‘respectable’ overall dimension. Here is an overview of the dimension of the car:
The Captur is rather sleek with a trendy design fitting for a compact SUV. The lines on the car are clean and blend admirably overall.
So what’s the new update for the 2019 Captur on the exterior?
- DRL design – new DRL has a modern yet distinctive look, C-shaped design can be recognized easily from far.
- Taillight design – the taillights was updated for the 2019 Captur, the taillights now consist of a more complicated design with LED illumination
- Rim design – the rims have also been updated to make the car look more up to date, but the tyre profile still remains at 205/55 R17.
The looks of the interior of the Captur is being brought forward from the pre-facelift model. The interior looks minimalist, with the least buttons, coupled with a chunky steering and an upmarket gear lever. The steering is sporty in certain sense to give certain driving pleasure, while the gear lever is light and within the driver’s reach. Looking at the instrument cluster, the meter cluster on the Captur is simple and easy to read, with a digital speedometer in the center, analogue rpm and fuel gauge at both sides. Meantime, the trip meter is on the top of the meter cluster in digital format.
The front and rear seats have pretty decent back support, but lacks thigh support. But we found that spring loaded seat back adjuster would really be appreciated to help drivers to get into a comfortable seating position faster, compared to manual controls. To further enhance the seating position, arm rest would be greatly appreciated. Overall head- and leg-room is sufficient for normal adults, but anyone taller than 180 cm would definitely struggle on long distance. With the rear seats folded down, the boot space is enlarged from 435l to 1,235l, which is more than sufficient for a small family.
The center piece of the dashboard is the 7-inch infotainment system with navigation and internet connectivity. The infotainment system is quite user friendly, but is not the most responsive system on the market. Other highlights include climate switches at the bottom of the infotainment unit and a stowage compartment at the top of the dashboard.
Engine and drivetrain
The Captur comes with a 1.2l turbocharged engine and 6 speed EDC (Efficient Dual Clutch) transmission. The engine produces 120PS at 4,900rpm and 190Nm at 2,000rpm. Fuel consumption of the car is 5.9l/100km NEDC, however we did 8.5l/100km on the average for city drives.
On the road, the low end torque is felt when you’re driving around the city. The car has no issue maintaining highway speeds. Even at 120 km/h and above, the car is calm and collective when driven on highways. However, on hard acceleration (high-revs) the engine had that hollow-effect, although not too harsh for occupants’ comfort. The gearbox are equally responsive, instant downshift when throttle pedal is being depressed, and the gearbox are always in the right gear.
Suspension, Steering, and Braking
The front suspension of the Captur utilizes McPherson type suspension and the rear is a flexible axle suspension. The suspension is slightly on the softer side, but it still keeps the body roll well in check during cornering. Speaking about cornering, the steering of the Captur is also tuned more for comfort.
On braking, the car on front discs and rear drums brake gives the crossover a little front bias. It makes the car dive a little bit more compared to the Peugeot 2008.
The Captur is equipped with 4 airbags, 2 at the front and 2 at the side of the seats. The car also comes standard with ABS with Electronic Brake Assist (EBA) and Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD). On top of that, traction control is also there to keep the car on the road when the road conditions aren’t favorable. Then, there’s Hill Start Assist (HSA) to aid going uphill and such.
The Renault Captur is a great urban crossover for a small family looking for a medium sized vehicle with sufficient space to carry 4 adult in comfort. Being a Crossover SUV, you won’t be short changed with negative driving dynamics, and it’s a fun car to own.
Priced at RM107, 980, you get 5-year/100,000km unlimited warranty with free service, including parts and labor. There’s complimentary 24-hour roadside assistance, pick up service and courtesy car, should your Renault goes in for more than 48 hours,
If you pay an extra RM5, 320, you will able to get yourself a Captur+ package. The Captur+ package comes with two-tone front and rear bumper, power tailgate, Driving Video Recorder (DVR), maroon colored leather seats and door panel, center armrest, “CAPTUR” kick plate in both front and rear door sills, and the trunk entry guard at the rear of the boot.
Text/images: See Zhan Wei