It’s been a two-year wait, but Renault’s first compact SUV, the new Captur, is now on sale in Australia. Priced from $22,990, the Captur squares off against fellow French marque Peugeot and its $21,990 2008, along with platform-mate the $22,090 Nissan Juke.
As with all of Renault's latest models, the Captur features the carmaker's new family face, connecting the large headlights and badge with a long wing-like grille.
Renault says development of the Captur focused on delivering the driving position of an SUV, the interior versatility of a small MPV, and "the agility and driving enjoyment of a compact hatchback".
“The Captur has been a runaway success story globally, selling more than 196,000 vehicles worldwide in 2014 and was the third highest selling vehicle in France,” Renault Australia chief Justin Hocevar said today.
“Captur is set to become a core model in the Renault Australia passenger car range and I’m certain that Captur will bring more new customers to the Renault family than ever before.”
The Spanish-built Captur comes to Australia with two petrol engines and two transmissions. The entry engine is the TCe 90, a 0.9 litre three-cylinder turbocharged unit that offers 66kW and 135Nm in the entry-level Expression grade.
That engine, mated exclusively to a five-speed manual, lists fuel consumption at 4.9 l/100km.
Topping the engine duo is the TCe 120, an 88kW/190Nm 1.2 litre four-cylinder engine matched exclusively to a six-speed twin-clutch EDC auto. Fuel consumption for that engine, available in the Expression and Dynamique trim grades, is listed at 5.4 l/100km.
Renault claims a 0-100km/h time of 13.0 seconds for the TCe 90 model, and 10.9 seconds for the TCe 120 pair.
Don’t expect to see a diesel in the local Captur range anytime soon, with Renault pointing to low demand and, for now, low fuel prices as reasons to stick with petrol options.
Suspension in the Captur is by McPherson struts up front and a torsion-beam arrangement at the rear. Braking is managed by 258x22mm ventilated discs up front and 228x38mm drums at the rear.
Standard features with the entry Expression model include 16-inch alloy wheels, satellite navigation and reversing camera, rear parking sensors, auto headlights and wipers, keyless entry and push-button start, climate control, cruise control, idle stop and cloth seats.
There’s a large seven-inch colour display even in the entry model, which also packs Bluetooth hands-free calling and audio streaming.
Moving up to the high-spec Dynamique adds 17-inch alloys, tinted windows, R-Link premium audio, cornering-function fog lights, chrome trim highlights and removable seat covers.
Options include metallic ($800), two-tone solid ($1000) and two-tone metallic ($1800) paint, along with a range of wheel colours, seat covers and interior trim highlights.
PRICING (excludes on-road costs)
- Captur Expression TCe 90 manual - $22,990
- Captur Expression TCe 120 auto - $25,990
- Captur Dynamique TCe 120 auto - $27,990
The Captur comes with a five-year/unlimited-kilometre warranty and five-years roadside assist.
All models in the Captur range have one-year/15,000km servicing intervals.
Renault’s Capped Price Servicing program applies, with the first three services capped at $299 each.