Published on July 4th, 2019 | by Daniel Sherman Fernandez0
Renault CAPTUR has sold 1.2 million units since its launch in 2013
It is officially the best selling compact crossover in Europe and maintains it lead of its German rivals.
The creative freedom enjoyed by Renault’s designers shines through in the features and generous interior space expected of this type of vehicle. Though compact (it is only fractionally longer than the Clio, Renault Captur is particularly roomy.
More refined than before, the Captur interior benefits from high-quality plastics, sleek chrome and elegantly subdued hues. The steering wheel is made from even more status-enhancing materials and, in higher-end versions, comes trimmed with full-grain leather. The gear lever boasts a more modern appearance, while the door panels have been revised to seamlessly incorporate buttons and controls. The LED ceiling light comprises individual reading lights.
For 2019, the new seat design is more cosseting, offering additional lateral support and greater comfort.
At the same time, the 2019 Renault Captur retains its most practical features, including its Easy Life glove box drawer and removable upholstery.
The raised driving position is both comfortable and confidence-inspiring, as are the car’s passive safety features, road holding and braking performance. The credit for Captur’s ride comfort goes to the B platform, which it shares with the Clio.
Renault Captur blends three key ingredients, as only Renault knows how: the character and ruggedness of an SUV, the interior space and practicality of an MPV, and the dynamics and driving refinement of a family hatchback.
- A wheelbase of 2.60m and track of 1.51m ensure an exceptionally surefooted stance for Captur’s segment.
- Lower body side protective strips and bumper design.
- A reassuringly high-up driving position (10cm higher than the Clio).
- Large boot of a capacity between 377dm3 and 455dm3 (with rear bench seat in its forward-most position).
- Family-sized cabin: the distance from the accelerator pedal to the rear seatback is 1,730mm, while knee room for rear passengers is a comfortable 215mm (75mm more than the Clio).
- The 60/40-split sliding rear bench seat comfortably seats up to three adults and can be folded to form a flat floor.
- Three-point Isofix child seat anchorage for the front passenger seat and two outboard rear seats, with three homologated seat belt positions for very young children, attached with standard seat belts.
- Ample lidded stowage totalling 27 litres.
- Comfortable suspension.
Family hatchback features:
- Chassis settings fine-tuned to take into account Captur’s centre of gravity which is slightly higher than that of a hatchback. Roll stiffness has been distributed precisely between front and rear in order to ensure a balanced ride and minimal body roll. The dampers have been calibrated to deliver responsive dynamic handling, safety and comfort.
- The electric, variable-rate power steering is direct (2.7 turns of the wheel lock to lock) and as pleasant to use in and about town as it is precise on country roads.
- The turning circle of 10.8m between kerbs ensures good manoeuvrability in built-up areas.
- Although high-up, the driving position is that of a car.