Renault Captur 1,5 dCi Dynamique

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In the highly competitive compact crossover section, the Captur is in fact a strong contender, helped along with its very impressive fuel economy figures and the extra torque that especially the diesel engine derivative (a way better all-rounder than the petrol) offers.

By Kevin du Plessis

It absorbs bumps in the road and has a good range of features such as cruise control, a speed limiter, Hill Start Assist and reverse assist sensors. The gearbox, however, lacks finesse. On the bright side, this Frenchie is a looker. Improvements on the new model range are the more assertive and futuristic exterior design features, absolutely beautiful leather seats and a dynamic loading bay.

The card shaped key is perhaps trying a bit too hard and should be left to hotel room doors. Other than that, the keyless entry system is a pleasure. The interior trimmings vary between soft touch and hard plastics, lending to it a more upmarket feel and continuing the two-tone motifs that the exterior follows. Although it is not the roomiest compact crossover, the loading bay is quite impressive, offering a lot of space as well as a stepless surface when folding the rear seats down. Then there is an extra surprise because the floor can be lifted away, revealing even more storage space which is great for valuables or expensive equipment that you need to keep out of sight. Sadly, it only has a space saving spare wheel.

There is no aux cable port, although it is hardly necessary since it has a very responsive and user friendly infotainment system that offers Bluetooth as well as a USB port. Renault’s fingertip volume and source control behind the steering wheel is a bit awkward. It is not the most exciting car, but it offers a lot of value. With its raised ground clearance, a formula one inspired turbo engine, substantial loading space and a sexy futuristic look, I see no reason why not to take it home if it is what you’re looking for.

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