Prejudices exist! Most likely if someone you know has told you that this certain product isn’t up to the mark or otherwise, you tend to be biased. Us, auto journalists cannot be biased. That’s not part of our profession. Our job is to bring to you, the reader, an unadulterated version of how the car/bike is. Why am I telling you all this? Its been more than a year since the Renault Captur was launched in India. The buying public didn’t take a fancy to the car and the media too was half kind. So, in spite of getting the car this late for a review, I don’t hold any prejudices. In fact, the car impressed me all the more. Read on to find out in our Renault Captur petrol review.
A Renault Captur petrol? I thought the diesel was the favourite
Any Renault diesel is bound to win hearts. It is the petrol that isn’t spoken about much. Moreover, the petrols are always an entry point and makes absolute sense if the SUV is going to stay within city limits 80 per cent of its life. The Renault Captur petrol then should be the right choice. It uses a 1.5-litre H4k engine that is naturally aspirated. This engine makes 104PS of power and 142Nm of torque. Fire it up and the 4-cylinder engine will impress you with the NVH on offer. The gearshifts from the 5-speed manual box are smooth as well. There is good torque low down and you can easily potter in town in third gear without a whimper from the engine.
Brisk progress can be attained in traffic or city roads. Out on the highway, the Renault Captur petrol struggles to maintain triple digit speeds. The engine also loses its calm composure when the revs climb. Ideally then, this is an SUV for tackling the city. This shows in the efficiency too. In city, for such a big and heavy vehicle, the Captur petrol returned close to 12.4kmpl while on the highway, it returned 14.3kmpl.
Renault Captur petrol ride and handling
The ride quality of the Captur is very good, especially when fully laden. Our test car came with higher than usual tyre pressure and this lend it a bouncy feel. Lowering the tyre pressure brought back the likeable ride quality that we have come to expect from all Renault products in India. The handling too is good, especially in the city where the light steering helps a lot. There is a bit of steering kickback at higher speeds but its far lesser than what we have experienced in the Duster. Straight line stability too is good.
As far as seating comfort is concerned, the front seats are comfortable. The driver’s seat is perched a bit high. This becomes a tad uncomfortable for a taller driver like me. The rear bench is comfortable though seating three and especially well fed grown-ups abreast, will be a tad uncomfortable. Boot space is decent and the loading lip too is placed a lower height.
Comfort and convenience in the Renault Captur petrol
The Captur that we drove was the RxT trim, the highest for the petrol. It boasted the dual tone colour scheme. In fact, after I look at the Captur, I think it is easily India’s best looking SUV. It has got a certain flair that others may not even try to emulate in the future. In the world of brick-type SUVs, the Captur with its rounded yet haunched edges cuts across as a unique design. This being said, since there is no Platine version for the petrol, there are misses like the LED headlights and more chrome inside-out.
In terms of safety aids, there are dual airbags, ABS with EBD, rear parking sensors, ISOFIX child seat mounts and a rear parking camera. The latter, unfortunately, doesn’t get dynamic steering assisted guidance and it means you cannot tell the position of the wheels based on the camera input. There are also no cornering fog lights in the front.
Inside, you will love the modern yet minimal dashboard as well as layout of the Captur. The butterfly-inspired instrument cluster is neat and legible but has a few ergonomic flaws. Who in this age will give you a music system control mounted on the steering stalk? Seems like an afterthought and something which even Nissan has done with the Kicks SUV. There is single zone climate control and the dials look something like Mercedes does. There is a split glovebox and it is cooled too. The front seat belts are height adjustable and there are two small AC vents for the rear seat passengers as well.
Renault gives a 7.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system with the Captur. This is similar to what was available in the 2018 Kwid. There is no Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The screen is vibrant. However, it is placed lower to the viewing angle of the driver. So, on the move changing a music track (can’t do it from the column mounted controls) is a tad iffy. Moreover, it didn’t recognise my USB cable.
Renault Captur petrol verdict
The Renault Captur petrol price in India starts from Rs 9.99 lakh and goes up to Rs 11.55 lakh, ex-Mumbai. There are some tempting deals but those are likely for 2018 manufactured models. I suggest that grab them. The Captur is actually the underdog at the moment but will still be a sensible choice. Given that it shares many components with the Duster, parts availability will not be an issue either. Therein lies the problem too. With not much separating the Duster and Captur, many opt for the more affordable Duster. The Captur has its own set of qualities and quirks but then is worth a dekko as well.
Things we like about the Renault Captur petrol
Fuel efficient, driveability in traffic and good ride quality
Things we don’t like about the Renault Captur petrol
Lack of performance in the top end, no Platine trim
Trivia: When the Captur was conceptualised for the Indian market, there was a confusion. Whether the Russian Kaptur should be got in here or the Brazilian one. Eventually the latter one since it is based on a modified Duster platform and makes better sense for the tooling.