Renault Captur-es The Imagination
The car buying public's appetite for stylish compact crossovers is as healthy as ever going by the latest set of monthly sales figures released by Renault. The company sold more than 107,000 Capturs across Europe in the first six months of this year, representing a 23 per cent increase in sales compared to the same six-month period last year.
The success of the new Renault Captur following its launch in the UK back in the summer of 2013 is likely thanks in no small part to the fact that the model is just so easy to like. Its distinctive exterior styling is combined with a spacious and comfortable interior that's easy to personalise. The availability of Renault's Energy Engines also ensures low running costs, thanks to technology including a start/stop system, kinetic energy recovery feature and an Eco Mode switch that reduces fuel consumption even further.
However, it all starts with the Captur's cheeky grin, its striking front end featuring a wide grille, automatic headlights with rain sensitive front wipers and LED daytime running lights. Smooth flowing lines stretch over the bonnet and across the model's large wheels, which help to enhance the Captur's strong and sturdy stance. Offering the high driving position of an SUV, the Renault is made even more sporty thanks to 16-inch alloy wheels, which come as standard with the entry-level Expression+ trim. In addition, buyers benefit from body-coloured bumpers and door handles, along with chrome detailing, heated and electrically adjustable wing mirrors, front fog lights and tinted windows.
Step inside the cabin of the Captur and you'll be greeted with a light and airy space that provides plenty of room for driver and passengers. The use of quality materials and bright colours helps to give the model a fun and inviting atmosphere and it's a pleasant place to be even on the longest of journeys.
The interior is well equipped even on the entry-level model, with a height adjustable driver's seat, front and rear electric windows, removable storage areas and a 60/40 split rear seat to increase flexibility when carrying large loads. The boot space is considerable, with 377 litres to play with when you're carrying a full compliment of passengers. Take the under floor storage area into account and that increases to 455 litres. For those times when you're carrying large loads and need even more room in the back of the car, it's possible to fold the rear seats and enjoy a maximum of 1,235 litres of rear storage space.
Air conditioning comes as standard, while buyers who opt for the top-spec Signature Nav model can expect extras including specific leather upholstery and heated front seats.
The Captur is packed with clever technology that ensures everyone stays entertained and the overall driving experience is made far simpler. Cruise control with an integral speed limiter is fitted as standard across the range, along with a start button, plus Bluetooth®, USB and AUX connectivity. There's a host of optional features available across the range too, including Renault's R-Link multimedia system featuring a seven-inch touchscreen and TomTom® satellite navigation. Front and rear parking sensors can assist with squeezing the Captur into the tightest of spots, as can the optional rear camera.
Numerous active and passive safety systems are built into the core of the new Renault Captur, ensuring peace of mind for families in particular. ABS with Emergency Brake Assist comes fitted to all trim levels, along with Electronic Stability Control to help provide maximum traction in all conditions. Hill Start Assist makes getaways on slopes simple, while Renault's tyre pressure monitoring system is also available on all models to provide added peace of mind.