As the compact crossover SUV segment gains more contenders, the number of choices that buyers have keeps growing. When you look at the different models available today, one stands out in terms of design. It’s the Captur from Renault and it captured the attention of so many people in Europe last year that it was the bestselling model in its category, with over 735,811 units sold globally since launch.
Drawing on the resources of the Renault-Nissan Alliance – now the world’s largest automobile manufacturing group (global sales from January – Jun 2017) – the Captur has advanced engineering that addresses consumer demands of today which are sometimes conflicting.
For example, rising fuel costs mean that drivers want a more fuel-efficient engine. Yet, they also want their car to have zippy performance so they can enjoy every journey.
The answer is the Renault TCe 120 engine, a new generation powerplant which uses turbocharging to provide the boost in performance while the small displacement of 1.2 litres consumes less fuel. It offers the best of both worlds – strong acceleration and effortless cruising on the highway when you want it and yet a low expenditure on fuel.
Where turbocharged engines are concerned, Renault engineers draw on long experience from Formula 1 racing. In fact, Renault was the first to use turbocharging in Formula 1 engines 40 years ago when it entered the pinnacle of motorsport.
With the turbocharger, the engine can produce up to 120 ps with 190 Nm of torque – values which you would usually associate with a bigger engine. Fitted with a smooth 6-speed EDC (Efficient Dual Clutch) transmission, the Captur can travel 100 kms using as little as 5.4 litres.
Switching on Eco Mode lets the on-board computer manage power and torque output as well as other functions to stretch each litre. Driving pleasure is not compromised and yet it would be possible to gain another 10% in fuel-savings, depending on driving conditions.
Under the head-turning two-tone exterior design is a structure which has been designed to give the best protection to the occupants during an accident. Tested by EuroNCAP, the independent organisation which conducts safety tests, the Captur has received a maximum rating of 5 stars.
Besides the strong reinforced structure, there are additional safety features such as high-efficiency front airbags, head/thorax side airbags, seatbelts with pre-tensioners and force-limiters, and anti-whiplash headrests. With ISOFIX points for securely installing compatible childseats, parents will also feel assured that their little ones are safe when travelling in the Captur.
The driving dynamics of the Captur make it a joy to drive but at the same time, unexpected road conditions can catch the driver by surprise.
This is where Active Safety comes in with electronic systems like anti-lock brakes (ABS), Emergency Brake Assist to boost braking pressure when it is needed, and Electronic Stability Control with Anti-Slip Regulation (ESC with ASR). These systems help the driver to avoid an accident, recover from a skid or manoeuvre safely away from a hazard.
If the exterior looks of the Captur catch your attention right away, the interior will make you fall in love with it. Epitomising the French flair for styling, the cabin of the Captur is minimalist in concept but highly innovative in design and features. Take the seats for example –the covers can be unzipped and removed for washing.
The cabin layout is modular, allowing flexibility to carry cargo and people with the divided rear backrest. The boot area can be expanded to 455 litres by folding down the rear backrests. There’s also a removable and reversible floorboard with a plastic surface that can be wiped down with a sponge.
Smart technologies can also be found in the Captur, making today’s generation feel right at home. The MEDIA NAV is an intuitive and simple multimedia system with a touchscreen that gives immediate access to various functions, including route navigation by GPS. Bluetooth connectivity enables handsfree phone calls with compatible smartphones.
Until December 31, 2017, TC Euro Cars is offering the Captur with interest-free H-P loans (terms and conditions apply) for reduced monthly instalments with savings up to RM13,000. Alternatively, there’s also the option of upfront rebate of RM5,000 plus 5 years or 100,000 kms of free scheduled maintenance which has a value of RM6,552.
Whichever option is chosen, you also get the 5inCaptur benefits which are a 5-year manufacturer’s warranty with unlimited mileage, 24 hours roadside assistance, pick-up service for scheduled maintenance, and assured mobility if your Captur has to remain in the authorised service centre for more than 48 hours due to parts not being immediately available.
For a test-drive and more information about the Captur, visit any Renault showroom. Locations of showrooms in Peninsular Malaysia can be found at www.renault.com.my.