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Feeling captured in Renault Captur- why NOT?

FIRST thing after the Renault Captur was delivered hours late, I forgot the credit card style car key in the kitchen.

Why- its so thin and on several occasions my cousin who is very ‘jaags’ very irritating at times, reminded me why I left my ‘mobile’ in the kitchen.

Being polite as I was relishing on this beau that was parked in the garage, I retorted ‘its’ a smart key for the car’.

Spacious and boasting enough legroom, it has more power than most of its competitors with a 1.3l petrol turbo engine that produces 113kW and 270Nm. Perhaps one may conclude its City car but…

The split-level boot offers a good 404l of luggage space, and the rear seats can be folded down or slid forward to expand the cargo area to a maximum 1,275l room.

Captur Intens features items such as a 9.3-inch touchscreen, wireless phone charger, ambient lighting, lane departure warning and blind spot detector, and any other sophisticated elements found in latest car brands.

Standing at 174mm ground clearance, power is fed to the front wheels via a seven-speed dual clutch auto gearbox and will scoot from 0-100km/h in a respectable 9.6 seconds, as I took it for an off-road to Northern –Cape (Kimberley), though the roads are not bad such as potholes, one thing for sure is keep your eyes glued on your steering wheel as animals roam freely.

High profile 215/60 R17 tyres came in handy for such environments.

Connectivity and the infotainment is digitally controlled by a large tablet-like touchscreen. There are convenient physical buttons to quick-access important functions, that helps with driver’s attention off the road — a clever ergonomic move.

Although fuel price may be decreasing soon, but for Captur the car is even more frugal claiming 6.2l/100km and trouncing 6.6l. Its super good mense, thanks to drive settings mostly in normal and sport modes, like I did in most cases.

Oh, from then on my ‘credit card style car key’ never lost my sight since then…

The new Captur are available in two range — both sold with five year/150,000km warranties and three year/45,000km service plans.

Renault Captur 1.3L Turbo EDC Zen               R454 999

Renault Captur 1.3L Turbo EDC Intens           R 499 999

Captur(ed) why not?

Verdict

Performance 1-10 (5)

Fuel 1-10 (4)

Top image supplied (The Renault Captur Intens ideal for a long haul).

(The interior is spotless with touchscreen on offer amongst others).

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