Cars, like shoes comes many shapes, sizes and purposes, but you’ll search a long time before you find one that fits. In my experience, finding the right pair of shoes does take quite a while especially when shopping through both online and store shelves finding the right size, pronation, design and price. When it comes to cars however, it starts from brand, model, variant, budget and choosing the right bland colour. In regards to the latter, Renault has the answer for those who want to stand out from the crowd.
The Renault Captur 1.2 TCe is now locally assembled in Tan Chong Motors Assembly plant in Segambut. Like the CBU version, Its got the looks to match and the colours to excite – its SUV cues owe much to its short front and rear overhangs and its double tone exterior colour scheme goes hand-in-hand with its dynamic design.
The 17-inch black diamond cut wheels equipped are surrounded by its black wheel well mouldings further accentuates its smooth, flowing, even lines providing the Captur a visually sporty and powerful stance. When it comes to colours, the CKD Captur now comes with the gorgeous Flame Red with Diamond Black Roof, which will set you back an additional RM900 inclusive of GST – if you opt for the new colour, you’ll also get kick plates and a trunk tray included as well. If the Flame Red you see in pictures isn’t your thing, there is Arizona Orange, Pacific Blue with Ivory roof, or if you prefer a more conservative palette, there is Ivory and Beige, both of which are paired with the Diamond Black roof with no extra cost.
It may look visually small on the outside, but provides occupants ample space inside, especially when a car is designed for active individuals in mind. Owners can find storage spaces located in its door pockets, centre console, glove compartment, a dashboard compartment and net pockets located behind each front seat. They consist of an array of elastic ropes, which are flexible and strong enough to store maps, notebooks and even a 500-page physical fitness guidebook.
Speaking about seats, the Captur’s pièce de résistance are its removable seat covers, where both front and rear bench seat covers can be removed by means of unzipping and peeling the Velcro attachments off, therefor making it a lot easier to clean the seat covers after having them soiled or drenched in sweat. Reflecting this, the door cards – only a small section of cushioned fabric used on the elbow rests – dashboard and front seat backs are mostly made from plastic, which isn’t a bad thing because it makes these areas easier to clean and maintain.
The CKD model now comes with a new leather steering wheel and gear knob as standard. For added refinement, the locally-assembled Captur comes with optional leather seats and soft touch leather side door finishers which costs an additional RM3,800.00 inclusive of GST.
By default, the boot space measures at 377-litres and by removing the boot floor partition frees up an additional 78-litres, 455-litres in total. When the need to carry plenty arises, folding the rear seats down unleashes the Captur’s maximum cargo capacity of 1,235-litres.
Entertainment comes from the MEDIA NAV Evolution multimedia colour touch screen that offers practical functions such as navigation, ECO Mode giving you advise to reduce fuel consumption, radio and hands-free telephony via Bluetooth. It’s easy to use and intuitive to navigate through its functions without any unnecessary fuss and delays. It also relays visuals clearly from the rear-view camera when you set the gear lever in reverse.
Limitless driving positions are achievable to suit almost anyone who holds a valid drivers’ licence, thanks to its adjustable steering wheel column that can be adjusted height and reach wise. The audio control buttons located on right side of the steering column are large and chunky, not a bad thing because it’s much harder to miss when your focus is on the road ahead, be it hunting for your favourite song, setting up the cruise control or answering your phone calls via Bluetooth connectivity.
Motive force comes from a 1.2-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine making 117hp at 4,900 rpm and a peak torque figure of 190 Nm of torque at 2,2000 rpm. The 1.2-litre lump is mated to Renault’s EDC dual clutch transmission that sends power to its front wheels seamlessly, especially when driving at civilised speeds, it helps to curb excessive fuel consumption by keeping the revs within the engine’s sweet spot.
The Captur is as frugal as it gets; it achieves a low 4.4 l/100km Highway as tested while driven in ECO mode. If you need to select a specific gear ratio, the EDC transmission allows the driver to use the Manual mode to fully exploit the 1.2-litre engine’s potential. And when you do exploit the 1.2-litre engine’s grunt to its maximum, getting up to its 192 km/h top speed is effortless.
Although sprung on the plush end of the scale, the Captur seem to hold its own well when the going gets spirited. The compact crossover feels agile and corresponds well to steering inputs albeit lacking in feedback. Despite its plush ride the suspension remains compliant keeping its composure well through corners. Not bad for a car with a ground clearance of 170mm.
When it comes to price, the Captur is priced competitively between the HR-V and the CX-3, which is pretty good considering the warranty and aftersales package you’ll be getting with the Captur. It comes with 5-years manufacturer’s warranty or 100,000km which ever comes first with 5 years free maintenance for parts and labour available at all 15 authorised Renault service centres nationwide. Stylish, practical and reasonably priced, the Captur is definitely one compact crossover to be on your list especially if you do live an active lifestyle, where its unique design features has been thought through and through to make life a lot easier without compromising style and practicality much like a perfect pair of runners.
Renault Captur 1.2 TCe
Price Msia: RM109,000 OTR W/O Insurance
Engine: 1,179 cc Turbocharged in-line four-cylinder
0-100km/h: 9.9 seconds (Tested)
Top speed: 192 km/h (Tested)
Fuel consumption: 4.4 l/100km (Tested)