Renault Capture

By Howard Keeg

When Renault answered my SOS for a vehicle in June 2023, I was greatly relieved, as I needed to get down to Port Elizabeth, to deliver some extremely valuable assets to friends and family, assets which had a shelf life. When the Renault Capture arrived on my driveway, I was impressed with the looks of this thoroughly modern Millie, and within minutes of driving it, I realised it also had a thoroughly modern mill

The Captur sits at the top end of the small crossover segment, and has quite a bit of competition in an overcrowded market, so it had to impress to catch my attention. I must note that global sales of over 1.5 million sales, and some 12 000 of these in SA, does mean that it is not me alone who has to be impressed. And on the road down to PE I had ample time to be impressed. The first thing that piqued my attention was its nippiness. Those manganese ore trucks that blight one’s journey down to Algoa Bay were eaten alive, as overtaking with the Captur is a breeze - a 1.3-litre 4-cylinder turbo petrol motor, producing 113 kW/270 Nm, and driven the front wheels via a 7-speed dual-clutch auto transmission, and apparently Formula One inspired, does the job very efficiently.

Then, the cabin is very user friendly, with an enormous infotainment touchscreen that does not require an IT degree to use. The interior is also classy and a happy place. The standard features are reasonably comprehensive, and from a space point of view, with the back seats down, I could fit a lot of luggage. Ride comfort is great, and add some impressive fuel consumption figures, with fuel consumption figures around 6.0 l/100km on the down run to PE.

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Pricing for a very nice package is R454 999 for the Renault Captur 1.3L Turbo EDC Zen, and R499 999 for the Renault Captur 1.3L Turbo EDC Intens. The difference is that the Intens has some more safety, tech, and comfort features. The new Renault Captur comes with a 5-year/150 000 km mechanical warranty, a 3-year/45 000 km service plan, as well as a 6-year anti-corrosion warranty. Service intervals are every 15 000 km or 12 months, whichever comes first. A metallic paint finish costs R2 999 extra.

In my mind, value for money. As I said in the intro, my heart has been captured, intensely.