2017 Renault Captur Intens Review

2017 Renault Captur Road Test, Review

Falling between the Suzuki Ignis and Mazda CX-3 in size, Renault’s Captur small SUV has recently undergone a revamp adding more kit , a new, vibrant look and no cost colour identity packs to set your Captur apart from the rest.

They simplified the range offering two variants, Zen and Intens starting at $23,990 drive away.

The Intens model tested goes for $30,990 drive away and offers plenty of kit for the money including keyless start, proper hard wired sat-nav, a 7″ infotainment touch screen along with advanced safety technology like blind spot monitoring and hands free parking.

Here’s a quick squiz at new Captur Intens:

  • Power comes from a 1.2 litre turbo four-cylinder direct injection engine with 88kW/190Nm output
  • Transmission is a six speed dual clutch `auto’ driving the front wheels
  • Additional off road grip is provided by Extended Grip Control, essentially a variable traction control system
  • The range is petrol only and both engines are turbocharged
  • The new look ushers in LED headlights and new daytime driving lights, a new grille, bumpers, garnishes and rear window tint
  • Braking is by a disc front/drum rear setup
  • Personalisation packs are available as are numerous two tome colour combinations for the exterior as well as colour highlight choice inside
  • Hands free parking makes an appearance for the parking challenged
  • Audio is by Arkamys, upgradable to Bose
  • Renault’s excellent R-Link system now standard on Intens model
  • Reverse camera, auto headlights and wipers, cruise control and climate control standard on Intens model
  • Eco mode optimises economy that registers 5.4 litres/100km for the Intens 1.2
  • Zip off seat covers handy for outdoorsy, doggy, lifestyley owners

On the Road

Captur is a good thing to drive, responsive, smooth and well mannered. It delivers a comfortable ride and feels solid on rough roads.

A bit of lag off idle can be an issue when you pull out onto a busy road. But once it’s on boost, the Captur offers a sporty level of engine performance.

The seats are well shaped and the boot is a decent size expandable with the flat folding rear row.

On test I couldn’t get near 5.4litres/100km with the car hovering around the 7.0 mark.

It looks cute from all angles accentuated in some two tone colour schemes.

Competition is fierce in this class with about 20 makes vying for your dollars.

If you want something different in every way, something safe and with affordable service costs, look no further than Renault Captur.

NUTS and BOLTS - Renault Captur Intens

  • Engine: 1.2-litre, direct injection, turbo four cylinder petrol 88kW/190Nm
  • Transmission: 6-speed dual clutch auto
  • Safety: Not tested
  • Warranty: Five years
  • Origin: Spain
  • Price: $30,990 drive away

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