Renault's updated Captur is a refreshing option

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I HAD the pleasure of being whisked away this week to test Renault’s new Captur in sunny Copenhagen. The refreshed crossover SUV is packing two newly-installed powerplants, namely the dCi 110 and the TCe 120 and, with 215,000 sold in 2016, it is a fan favourite within the range. The Captur boasts some great tech, with parking sensors, blind spot warning, hands-free parking and a fixed panoramic sunroof now available in the higher-spec models. 

Its new updated radiator grill and skidpans give the crossover a more utilitarian look and feel, along with added practicality. The car will come with more than 30 colour combinations that you can mix and match with contrasting shades available for the roof, as well as the trim colours, of which there are six to chose from. 

The Captur’s design project manager Mario Polla said: “The Captur was the first model in Renault’s new SUV line-up. It was important for us to refresh its external appearance in line with the newer models in the range, the Kadjar and the Koleos. “We also enhanced the quality of the cabin by replacing injection-moulded plastic with trimmed materials, and the choice of colours and fabrics is now more sophisticated too.” 

For those of you interested in engaging in some outdoor pursuits, the Captur can also be sold with a bike and roof rack option. The sound system is fitted by Bose with six high-definition loudspeakers and a subwoofer in the boot, and if that’s not enough for you, the R-LINK Evolution is Android Auto-compatible. This means you can access your Android smartphone applications: telephone functions, navigation, music and messages. Unfortunately, however, it does not have a function for compatibility with Apple CarPlay, but a Renault source did say that you can access your iPhone by calling up Siri through the Bluetooth system. 

The Captur is exactly what you would expect from a modest crossover and the newly-installed TCe 120 was nippy enough to overtake a cyclist going up a hill without breaking a sweat. A lot of frustratingly underpowered cars are sold in Ireland and I’m happy to report that this isn’t one. Not that it’s a hotrod either, but for everyday life, it has all the power you need to get around in a normal fashion. 

The seats were comfortable and the sat nav system was easy to use and didn’t get confused or try to kill me at any stage – even while driving through a sea of beautiful Danish cyclists during rush hour in Copenhagen. Since the hammer is soon to come down on Ireland’s diesel obsession, this petrol TCe 120 engine may be one to look at if you’re considering picking up a new Captur. Having said that, there are two diesel powerplants available for the Captur – the dCi 90, available with an automatic or manual gearbox and the dCi 110, which only comes in manual. They have stop and start technology and a system that recovers energy under braking and deceleration, this engine delivers 110hp at 4,000rpm and 260Nm of torque at 1,750rpm. I drove the dCi110, which was quiet and refined for a diesel motor and powerful enough not to be irritating. 

The two petrol engines coming in the Captur are the Energy TCe 90 and the TCe 120, both of which come in manual and benefit from direct injection, turbocharging and stop and start technology. Renault will be taking orders for the new-look Captur from July 17 and the first deliveries will be in August. 

The models coming to Ireland will be limited to three spec levels – the Expression, Dynamic and top end Signature S. Depending on what engine and spec you decide to go for, the road tax for the Captur will range from €180 to €270, with the diesel getting a combined MPG of 76.4 while the petrol achieves 51.4mpg. 

If you’re shopping in this class you should take a curious peep at my review of the SEAT Ateca.

Morgan Flanagan Creagh

Sunday World