Group 1 Renault the Glen has a secret weapon: Ntombi Koapeng, who has been there for 15 yeas as a sales executive, who knows everything there is to know about Renault products and services. This month she is releasing the Renault Captur to me for review, although her favourite vehicle in the Renault fleet is the Kadjar, she notes that the Captur is so popular due to the level of comfort the vehicle offers, as well as the amazing fuel consumption of 4.5 litres per 100 kilometres.

The Captur is marketed as a modern compact SUV; it has a soft look that takes the rugged and edgy SUV look and downplays it as a more sedan-like vehicle, which according to the capabilities of the vehicle, is what it is. It has a great elevated ride-height that hints at its offroading abilities, as well as a roomy and generously spaced interior – despite this, the Captur is compact enough to be nimble on urban roads and to manoeuvre and park like a dream.

The interior is also lovely, with two-tone high-end plastic finishes and wonderfully comfortable seating. The Renault MediaNav touchscreen tablet is also centre of the console, and is there to assist you to keep your eyes on the road whilst still being able to navigate, switch audio and media and the like. The dash layout is beautiful and uncluttered, and proves to be easy to use.

In terms of the engine, the F1 inspired turbo engine proves to deliver an engaging and reactive drive, with power delivered to you exactly as you demand it. Hill Start Assist makes take-off easy, and acceleration is snappy and sharp, with superb handling around corners and across terrains. An “overboost” function comes into play to unleash maximum torque when needed, and the various engine variants tops out with the 1.5 litre dCi 4-cylinder Turbo Diesel, delivering a respectable 220 Nm Torque.

Earning a 5 Star EuroNCAP safety rating, the Captur is the culmination of sensible French design that have successfully merged low running costs of a small vehicle with the gorgeous 4×4 stylings it has become known for. An added bonus for the environmentally friendly is that it has earned an Emissions rate of only 113 g/km in the 66 kW variant. Ntombi notes that most customers provide feedback on their Captur’s after purchase highlighting the fuel economy and family-oriented nature of this design.

Group 1 Renault the Glen is a hub for all thing Renault – they are also setting up for an amazing festive season, with great specials running on the Renault Kadjar and the Megane, which are worth noting. Added to this, Group 1 Renault is also offering up to R40 000 special customer trading support when purchasing Renault products.  For more info on the extensive products and services offered at Group 1 Renault the Glen, click the link below:

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By Desh Pillay Bechan