2018 Renault Captur Review – In 2017, the King of the small crossovers is preparing to do battle against an army of new competitors. To give a chance of victory, it strengthens his armor in correcting its defects of finishing and strengthening its endowment. Test the 2018 Renault Captur restyled version TEC 120.
Remember: in 2013, the Renault Captur arrived in the small crossover market still very sparse. The Nissan Juke had paved the way and the Peugeot 2008 was close behind. The context is different today. Not only it has become best-selling of its segment in Europe, but its success inspires all generalize manufacturers or almost. Opel sells its Crossland X month pro chain, Volkswagen will launch the T-Cross beginning 2018, Seat has unveiled its Arona and Hyundai its Kona. All are determined to challenge the supremacy of the french.
“It does not change a winning team“
At Renault, it however well remembered the adage ” you can’t change a winning team “. Mechanical and cosmetic changes are minor, and especially at the level of the range of options and the internal presentation that the small SUV adjusts his shot.
2018 Renault Captur Prices
Charged €22 000 finishing high-end Intent, the restyled 2018 Renault Captur Tce 120 ch is still not particularly cheap, but it shines by its generous standard equipment. He receives series navigation system MediaNav Evolution, LED headlights and paint it on.
It grows also new options previously unavailable as the transparent glass roof, which lacked so badly in the face of 2008, and new colors of the roof and interior customization. Also, note the appearance of the alert of angle-death charged €1 150 in a pack including the automatic parking system.
“The Captur offers a rather advantageous price/equipment ratio compared to the Peugeot 2008“
It is surprising however that this model, which openly admits his high range aiming is still devoid of an automatic emergency braking system.
For as much, it offers value price/equipment rather advantageous compared to its main rival in France, Peugeot 2008 Puretech 110 ch Allure, which is offered at a very close price (€22 050) but does not have a generous standard equipment.
At the wheel of the 2018 Renault Captur
In terms of the mechanics and the chassis, the 2018 Renault Captur does not evolve. He renewed the same changes received during 2014: adjustment of the running gear had indeed been revised, while a new TEC 120 HP petrol engine was introduced. It is this that we have selected for our test. This four-cylinders, of course, flexible and very civilized low-end disappoint by his obvious lack of dynamism.
“The thrill of acceleration do not seem in accordance with the advertised power“
Regardless of the chosen report, the sensations of acceleration do not seem in accordance with the advertised power and suffer significantly in comparison with the three cylinders Puretech 110 ch of 2008. He retains the advantage in terms of noise and vibration since it shows both quieter and balanced his rival, architecture four-cylinder requires.
On the side of consumption, we noted a very satisfactory average of 6.5 l per 100 km, but it owes a lot to the extremely favorable topography of our roads to test. A double-check on our bases!
Compared to the first copies of 2013, the Captur seems to have significantly progressed in comfort so we could judge on the impeccably smooth roads of the Denmark. More flexible than before, it still suffers from some excitement when it is equipped with 17-inch wheels. However, he clearly dominates in this area the Fiat 500 X and Suzuki Vitara. Without being as dynamic and effective than the Peugeot 2008, he distils an evident ease feeling which also owes much to the excellentt driving position and the sweetness of its direction and its controls.
2018 Renault Captur Interior Changes
It’s finally inside the 2018 Renault Captur is changing the most. The finishing marks a progress evident, much more notable than the Clio 4 restyled. Pleasant to the touch foam materials cover all the dashboard, while the assemblies and deburring of different plastics finally appear good. So we look at this pleasantly drawn inside of another eye. The ergonomics of the controls will appear well-designed and the ‘Evolution’ of our finishing Intense GPS is especially easy to use, fast and efficient.
“It’s inside the Captur is changing the most, where the finish is obvious progress“
For the rest, the 2018 Renault Captur retains the qualities of modularity and livability that made his success. In this area, it fully justifies its existence compared to the Renault Clio which it derives, which isn’t always the case of the crossovers. The seat remains sliding while the chest always offers double floor system that allows you to create a flat load space.
Habitability in the back appears very correct given the size of the restyled Renault Captur. The drawer is part of the many arrangements proposed by the 2018 Renault Captur Facelift. The possibilities of development of the trunk will always appear as large.
It is mainly at the level of storage that the Renault shines particularly compared to its competitors. We so appreciate the generous drawer slide facing the passenger, the trunk located between the two front seats, the hatch on top of the dashboard or the small storage proposed rear passenger space. In short, the Captur offers infinitely varied ways to lose her keychain!
Before the arrival of a myriad of new competitors, Captur already has to do with those that already exist. His main opponent stays in France the Peugeot 2008 1.2 Puretech 110 ch, recently restyled. Has a manlier than before but still as singular aspect in terms of aesthetics, it retains its qualities of agility, handling and comfort and its rewarding finish.
Pioneer of the genre, the Nissan Juke DIG-T 115 ch N-Vision 1.2, proposed to €22 900, ended his career by keeping its original positioning. His very distinctive style he was forbidden to compete with the 2018 Renault Captur Facelift in terms of habitability, but it is more fun to drive thanks to sharper axles. It should be replaced as soon as this year.
Most recent, Suzuki Vitara displays a positioning more adventurer and technology but also a price more favorable than the Renault equipment. Version 1.6 VVT 120 ch Privilege AllGrip it is indeed offered with available all-wheel drive at the french and offers a battery of assistances to the wider conduct: automatic emergency braking and descent control are in series. It turns out, however, less comfortable and less fun to drive.
More imposing, the Fiat 500 X 1.6 110 ch Lounge argues above all her seductive style. However, there is much less comfortable and livable as the Renault and suffers from an ecological penalty of €410.
Finally, the new Opel Crossland X will be a rival to take seriously with its well-designed cabin, her nice face and its PSA mechanics (he shares her underwear with the Peugeot 2008 and the future Citroën C3 Aircross).
Assessment test of the restyled Renault Captur
At Renault, it has understood the lessons given by the German manufacturers. There is no point to revolutionize a standard imposed on the market. While playing the continuity, the Captur knew, however, correct in finishing, which was probably its main deficiency.
It is rather fun to drive, we regret that his essence Tce 120 version does not offer more dynamism, at the time when the market turned upside down for this type of engine.
“The Captur has corrected the shooting in finishing, which was probably its main deficiency“
Its main asset is without a doubt its space/livability report and its many storages, making it amount of choice for small families. Apart from his style that continues to please, the key to its success is still valid: the King is dead, long live the King!