The new Renault Captur DCI 1.5L Turbo-diesel Dynamique Sunset LTD Edition.
The exterior is truly eye-catching, its bi-tone hue draws a striking contrast between its Diamond black metallic paint and Sunset Orange detailing on the roof, fog lamp surrounds, side-view mirrors, door-sill protectors, boot lid, front grille and rear nameplate holder. Smooth flowing lines, highlight a rather elegant finish and elemental design. Orange is certainly the new black, the interior is a funk-up of the polyrhythmic Diamond Black on the Sunset Orange theme. Adorning the infotainment/touchscreen/climate control panel, speakers and the air-vents – not forgetting the seats. And to maintain the seats new car luster, the fabric chair covers can be unzipped and washed – a practical thought, when it comes to little ones along with a reverse-camera! Standard tech’ equipment includes Navigation, Bluetooth and audio AUX/USB connectivity. With the versatility of a MPV, the rear seats fold completely flat, transforming the Captur’s 377L boot-space into a 1235dm3 cargo area.
Inspite of the rear brake-drum, front ventilated-disk combination, Renault have dialed in a granite braking system – keep a watchful eye in your review mirror for drivers behind you because the Captur’s ABS/EBD with BAS/EBA braking is a knife-edge of stopping power. Driving the Captur in manual guise, just makes perfect sense, most would agree that it is a far more engaging experience than the EDC auto-transmission found in the 88kw turbo variant.
The light rumbling, 1.5L turbo-diesel 66kw engine achieves maximum torque as low as 1750rpms. The close-set 5-speed manual transmission, a sixth gear please Renault, is excellent at putting down 220nm of torque to the front-wheels. Keeping the rev needle in the powerband’s sweet-spot is a synch – which is both surprising and interesting. The drivetrain and the chassis seem perfectly mated: extremely settled on the most untidy of tarmac, and provides a solid feel through the corners – well at least that was my experience reviewing it in the context of a sub-compact SUV and not a sports car! The Captur also shows-off its versatility on dirt roads: switch-off the radio, turn-up the windows and you might hear the Captur shriek with excitement, revealing its playful side and proving that the Captur is not a Clio with a raised ground clearance,(170mm). Without selecting Eco-mode, the Captur scored a 4.5L/100km fuel score during my seven day review and under the most diverse of driving circumstances.
There is a reason it is called, the Sunset Limited Edition, offering the exclusivity of only 100 units in South Africa – the Captur is a bargain at R292 400.