Aside from the horrible Kwid, the products offered by Renault are worthy of praise. When the manufacturer launched its B-segment crossover Captur, the car was well-received by consumers and the motoring press. Our only criticism was a too-plastic interior. But the list of positives was impressive: attractive styling, generous specification and keen pricing.
With the upgraded model, Renault has addressed gripes about cabin quality — so much so that the car is now hard to fault.
Soft-touch materials were slapped on to the upper sections of the interior door panels and fascia. There are new trim pieces too. These little enhancements are not instantly noticeable, but a side-by-side comparison will show just what a difference they make.
A side-by-side view may also be necessary if you want to spot the exterior tweaks, because they are minor. Styling measures include a redesigned grille, new headlamps, new alloy wheel choices and livelier colour options.
There are three engine choices to pick from — all turbocharged. The 900cc unit at the bottom of the range delivers 66kW and 135Nm. Then you get the 1.5-litre diesel choice with 66kW and 220Nm. The 1.2-litre derivative serves 88kW and 190Nm. This can be had with Renault’s dual-clutch transmission.
If budget allows, this 1.2-litre model is the one to opt for. It delivers fizzy performance and complements the plucky character of the Captur quite well.
There is no dearth of choices in this category. But the upgraded Captur’s arsenal of endearing traits, now bolstered by enhanced quality, ought to see it continue to sell.
Prices range from R229900 to R309900. – Brenwin Naidu