Of the 20-or-so automobiles on show on the CarExpert Expertise Centre at Sydney’s Warringah Mall, the Renault Captur Intens in Atacama Orange with Diamond Black roof not solely stole a lot of the limelight, but in addition notched up greater than its justifiable share of check drives.
Furthermore, the native Renault vendor ultimately offered our show automotive out from underneath us because of the heightened curiosity the often-forgotten French model and certainly the Captur mannequin itself.
Little surprise, actually, contemplating its fresh-faced, avantgarde design and all-round providing in the way in which of class-leading efficiency, gear and house packaging within the ‘Gentle SUV’ class it competes in.
Thoughts, it’s not fairly as low cost because it was again then both, however title a automotive that hasn’t suffered some sort of value hike or gear downgrade because of chip shortages and the next manufacturing backlog and hard-to-source container ships.
No less than with the Captur, it’s a comparatively pain-free bump throughout the vary of between $850 and $1210. Most consumers received’t thoughts, although, given the additional options that include it.
Any Renault Captur Intens constructed from January 2022 additionally picks up adaptive cruise management with cease/go, wi-fi telephone charging, and a shark antenna as an alternative of the older screw-in kind. And keep in mind, that’s on high of a very beneficiant commonplace gear checklist.
Nonetheless, the Captur wants all the assistance it could get as a result of though the Gentle SUV phase makes up solely round 5.0 per cent of the entire variety of automobiles offered in Australia every year, it’s nonetheless one very hotly contested phase, with at the very least eight different well-known manufacturers all vying for market share.
The Mazda CX-3 has been the clear favorite over the past couple of years holding as a lot as 32.5 per cent share of the phase. Korean twins Hyundai Venue and Kia Stonic are additionally main gamers within the gross sales race, whereas each Toyota Yaris Cross and Volkswagen T-Cross have additionally been racking up strong numbers these days.
That leaves the Captur to compete with the likes of the Ford Puma, Nissan Juke, Suzuki Ignis, and to a lesser extent, the Suzuki Jimny – if you may get your arms on one, although, I’d argue it’s a really totally different proposition given its revered off-road attributes.
Whereas the Captur Intens is hanging onto the highest spot within the mannequin vary, it’s about to be de-throned by the incoming R.S. Line which provides a bunch of recent design accents for the outside together with an F1-inspired entrance bumper insert in addition to a bunch of extra options inside.
That’s mentioned, there’s nonetheless loads of upside for the Intens, not least of which is its fancy, tech-laden cabin, all-leather upholstery, and a beneficiant catalogue of options you may wrestle to seek out in some high-priced luxurious makes.
Furthermore, in a category the place passenger and boot house is all the time in brief on provide by advantage of their modest proportions, it’s the Captur that provides essentially the most room and flexibility.
The identical goes for efficiency. Its punchy 1.3-litre turbo powerplant delivers higher outputs than any of its rivals. Because of this, the diminutive Renault by no means feels under-baked and extra refined in that regard.
It’s not good by any stretch, however that is one city-size SUV that deserves a spot in your consideration set on this phase.
Renault introduced earlier this 12 months it was doing its second pricing realignment throughout the Captur vary, which is because of take impact from July 1, 2022.
The vary opens with the Captur Life at $31,300 earlier than on-road prices, however will shortly be topped by the Captur R.S. Line that begins at $40,800 earlier than on-road prices.
Sitting underneath the range-topping R.S. Line is the Captur Intens from $38,300 excluding on-roads, which for 2022, means a complete value rise of $2510.
2022 Renault Captur pricing (as of July 1, 2022):
- Renault Captur Life: $31,300
- Renault Captur Zen: $33,300
- Renault Captur Intens: $38,300
- Renault Captur R.S. Line: $40,800
Costs exclude on-road prices
It’s additionally honest to say most of Captur’s rivals have additionally seen value hikes over the past 12 months, so Renault is just not alone on this regard – a direct results of rising gasoline costs affecting transport prices. Little question rate of interest rises may have some impact over time, as effectively.
The Hyundai Venue Elite, in the meantime, is likely one of the extra reasonably priced high-spec automobiles within the class priced from $27,040. Once more, all costs exclude on-road prices.
Inside, is the place the Captur Intens genuinely and convincingly outshines the competitors – even the big-hitting Mazda CX-3.
There’s a trendy mix of stitched leather-based upholstery, polished steel accents and soft-touch supplies together with the whole dashboard. However that doesn’t imply there aren’t any nasty laborious plastics both, as a result of it’s received its justifiable share of these too from the centre console to anyplace beneath decks.
It’s additionally a pleasantly high-riding little SUV, or at the very least, the driving force and entrance passenger are perched increased than the norm on this class.
It is sensible for the driving force, however the entrance passenger has no technique of peak adjustment accessible to them, which could be problematic when climbing in or getting out of the car. It’s undoubtedly one thing to observe or at the very least check out.
And, these leather-based seats are additionally correctly bolstered on each the seat and seatback for people who wish to benefit from the strong dealing with prowess of the Captur. Extra on that later.
There’s additionally a wonderfully spherical leather-wrapped steering wheel with paddle-shifters, too, in addition to correctly giant dials for the local weather management, however in addition they have digital temperature read-outs – so the very best of each worlds, then.
Normal fare within the Intens is a partially-digital driver’s show which modifications color relying on the driving mode chosen. It’s flanked by two mounted shows for gasoline use and engine information readouts.
If you’d like one thing higher, go forward and possibility the Straightforward Life Bundle for $2000 which features a bigger 10.25-inch fully-digital instrument show, in addition to just a few different goodies.
The metal-look roundel on the beginning button, appears a bit low cost and plasticky however all the opposite brightwork all through the cabin appears and feels genuine.
The expertise is a little bit of a blended bag. Whereas we just like the well-sized iPad-style infotainment show with brilliant colors, it may very well be sharper and quicker if you happen to’re counting on the built-in navigation, for instance. Finest to make use of the wired Apple CarPlay or Android Auto and keep away from any ache, which tends to be quicker and extra secure.
Area packaging is one thing the Captur does very effectively. Up entrance, there’s good use of made-to-measure storage bins for wallets, telephones and even the credit-card-style key fob.
In truth, simply depart that factor in your pocket as its virtually weightless. The second you begin strolling away from the automotive, is beeps and locks itself, and it’s the reverse state of affairs when approaching the automotive. Extra carmakers want to supply this tech.
In addition to being a cool design component, the digital driver selector sits on a floating bridge together with the electrical park brake, whereas providing more room for keys and stuff beneath. And, just like the touchscreen pill, its barely tilted in the direction of the driving force.
The console field is on the small aspect, however its giant sufficient to swallow a pair of sunnies and a pockets, for people who nonetheless use one. There’s additionally two USB for every seat row.
Whereas legroom is plentiful up entrance, it’s one other blended bag for these within the second row. The rear-seats slide fore and aft (you are able to do that from the boot), which is useful if you happen to want extra rear leg room for taller of us, or extra conversely, require extra boot house.
Both manner, the Renault Captur is the category chief with regards to boot house. It’s received 422 litres behind the rear seats, which expands to 1275 litres when folded. It’s not completely flat, nevertheless it’s nonetheless helpful if you wish to throw in your surfboard, skis or an MTB.
For many who could be buying round and who worth quantity again there, the weakest contender is the Mazda CX-3 with 264L – increasing to 1174L, whereas the Ford Puma will get a commendable 410L/1170L. The Kia Stonic makes do with 332L/1132L, whereas the Toyota Yaris Cross will get 390L with all seats up.
Apparently, the Volkswagen T-Cross has marginally extra general house with the rear seats folded, however loses out with regards to precise boot house with all seats in place – 385L/1281L.
Just one engine is obtainable throughout the whole Renault Captur vary in Australia.
The 1.3-litre four-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine produces 113kW of energy and 270Nm of torque. It’s mated with a seven-speed dual-clutch computerized transmission, with drive going to the entrance wheels solely.
For many who require all-wheel drive with their Gentle SUV, the choices are slim. Solely the Toyota Yaris Cross and Mazda CX-3 provide drive to all-four wheels on demand, in any other case you’ll have to maneuver up a phase.
Apparently, the four-cylinder turbocharged 1.3-litre petrol motor within the Captur can be discovered within the entry-level variants of the Mercedes-Benz A-Class, such because the A180 Hatch and Sedan, although it makes much less energy and torque (100kW/200Nm) than the unit within the Renault.
The Captur’s 1.3-litre turbo petrol will even quickly characteristic in native variations of the next-generation Nissan Qashqai, with the Alliance associate model confirming comparable 110kW and 250Nm outputs for Australian fashions.
Once more, the Renault Captur is the category chief with regards to mixed energy and torque output. It’ll go from zero to 100km/h in a claimed 8.6 seconds, which trumps all its rivals.
It’s comparatively frugal, too, so long as you don’t drive round with a lead foot on a regular basis. Renault declare 6.6L/100km on the mixed check cycle, however we received nearer to 7.6L/100km. However like I mentioned – go straightforward on the throttle round city.
In contrast to many on this phase, the Captur doesn’t really feel underpowered.
In truth, set in Sport, it could really feel fairly zippy round city. There’s not a number of turbo lag both, thanks all 270Nm of torque approaching track at simply 1800rpm. Its reassuringly punchy from low speeds too, when inspired to get transferring.
You’ve additionally received the selection of utilizing ‘ECO’ or the MySense driving mode, which calibrates throttle response and shift timing to be barely faster, and it really works effectively when left to its personal units.
The chassis feels inflexible, so there’s little if any physique roll even when carrying respectable tempo into corners. It’s no Megane R.S., however the steering is sharp and fairly direct which makes the Captur really feel enjoyable to drive.
What isn’t so effectively sorted is the suspension compliance – on something however a clean floor the Captur can really feel brittle and unnecessarily busy.
Put it all the way down to much less compromising damper settings relatively than spring charges, however we expect it could present higher passenger consolation on 17-inch wheels relatively than the usual 18s fitted to the Intens.
You quickly get used to the unsettled journey, given Captur’s strong dealing with, however after a whilst you are likely to want it had extra compliance in-built, at the very least to melt the impression over tough edges and potholes. The Volkswagen T-Cross does this higher than most.
Captur Intens highlights:
- 9.3-inch infotainment show
- Apple CarPlay and Android Auto (wired)
- Satellite tv for pc navigation
- 9-speaker sound system
- Wi-fi telephone charging
- Adaptive cruise management with Cease/Go
- 7.0-inch color journey laptop
- Eco LED headlights (claimed to be 1.5x brighter)
- 3D-effect LED tail lights
- Satin gray roof rails
- Encompass-view cameras
- Energy driver’s seat
- Heated entrance seats
- Automated brake maintain
- LED cabin lighting
- Storage nets on entrance seatbacks
- Auto-dimming rear-view mirror
- Twin rear USB ports
- Black leather-based upholstery
- Privateness glass
- Exterior chrome highlights
- 18-inch two-tone alloy wheels
- Ambient lighting – 8 colors
- Rear privateness glass
- Tyre strain monitoring system
- Distant good card with push button begin
- Auto ‘stroll away’ door locking
- Heated leather-wrapped steering wheel
- Local weather management air-conditioning
- Rain-sensing wipers
The Straightforward Life Bundle ($2000) provides:
- Straightforward Park Help (automated parking)
- Automated high-beam
- 10.25-inch digital instrument cluster
- Frameless rear-view mirror
The Orange Signature Bundle ($NCO) provides:
- Black and orange material upholstery
Captur R.S. Line provides:
- 18-inch diamond-cut alloy wheels
- F1-inspired entrance bumper insert
- Twin chrome pretend exhaust suggestions
- Gunmetal gray exterior accents
- Entrance and rear skid plate parts
- R.S. Line badging (exterior and inside)
- R.S. Line door sills
- Carbon fibre-look inside inserts
- Alloy sports activities pedals
- Purple and gray distinction stitching
- 10.25-inch digital instrument cluster
- Frameless auto-dimming rear-view mirror
- Straightforward Park Help (automated parking)
- Automated high-beam
The Captur vary is accessible within the following colors:
- Smokey Blue (strong)
- Atacama Orange (metallic)
- Flame Purple (metallic)
- Highland Gray (metallic)
- Iron Blue (metallic)
- Oyster Gray (metallic)
- Pearl White (metallic)
- Diamond Black (metallic)
Each color apart from Diamond Black is accessible as a two-tone end with a black roof, however metallic paints incur a $650 upcharge throughout the vary.
The Renault Captur wears a five-star ANCAP security ranking primarily based on Euro NCAP testing performed in 2019.
It scored 96 per cent for grownup occupant safety, 83 per cent for youngster occupant safety, 75 per cent for susceptible highway person safety, and 74 per cent for security help.
Normal security gear contains:
- Autonomous emergency braking (AEB)
- Metropolis, Interurban speeds
- Pedestrian and Bicycle owner detection
- Blind-spot monitoring
- Rear cross-traffic alert
- Lane departure warning
- Lane-keep help
- Site visitors signal recognition
- Rear-view digicam
- Entrance and rear parking sensors
- 6 airbags
The Captur is backed by a five-year, unlimited-kilometre guarantee and as much as 5 years of 24/7 roadside help.
Servicing is required each 12 months or 30,000km, whichever comes first, and the primary 5 are capped as follows:
A second value hike within the final six months has taken a few of the shine off the Captur’s undeniably beneficiant providing.
It nonetheless stays the of essentially the most thrilling automobiles within the class – each from a design perspective, and the way in which it zips alongside. In contrast to a lot of its rivals, the Captur doesn’t really feel prefer it wants any extra grunt.
It’s additionally well-sorted within the dealing with division. It goes round corners with out leaning over like a Kennard’s rental van on a weekend home transferring mission, however the journey can bit too nervous for our liking.
Some of us might not even discover it, and easily put it all the way down to its deft physique management. We predict it may very well be extra compliant and provide a barely softer journey in order that it settles down extra shortly.
After which there’s lavish checklist of options on board and class-leading boot house, each needs to be an honest drawcard for a lot of.
It could be crowded phase with loads of automobiles within the combine, however the fashionable Frenchy is effectively value consideration.
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