Renault Captur MY preview 1

As promised, TC Euro Cars is now previewing the Renault Captur at the Bangsar Shopping Centre in KL. The cars on show here, brought in from Japan, are not 100% identical to what we’ll be getting in Q4 2015, but it’s close we’re told.

At present, the Captur is the most popular B-segment SUV in Europe, where it competes against the Peugeot 2008, Opel Mokka, Ford EcoSport and Nissan Juke. Based on the Clio supermini, the Captur has a compact footprint – at just 4,122 mm long, it’s visibly smaller than compact SUVs such as the Honda HR-V and Mitsubishi ASX.

The Captur is powered by a 1.2 litre TCe 120 turbocharged engine with 120 hp and 190 Nm at 2,000 rpm. The downsized motor is paired to a six-speed EDC dual-clutch gearbox and power goes to the front wheels. 0-100 km/h is done in 10.9 seconds while top speed is 192 km/h.

There’s an ECO mode that restricts torque, alters the gearbox mapping and controls the climate for up to 10% better fuel consumption. Claimed combined fuel consumption is 5.4 litres per 100 km.

Nothing unusual under the skin – MacPherson struts up front and a torsion beam at the back, with front ventilated discs brakes and rear discs. The two-tone exterior is a big part of the Captur’s styling and it will be available in four body/roof combos – orange/black, blue/ivory, beige/black and ivory/black. Wheels are 17 inches in diameter (205/55 tyres) and are in dual-tone as well.

Standard equipment include auto headlights and wipers; a MediaNav system with a seven-inch touchscreen and AUX, USB and Bluetooth connectivity; reverse camera; keyless entry and push start; and climate control. Safety wise, the five-star Euro NCAP French crossover comes with four airbags, ESC and Hill Start Assist.

The Captur’s removable, multi-position boot floor is reversible, with carpeting on one side and plastic on the other. The boot holds up to 455 litres of cargo. The rear bench slides 160 mm fore/aft, while large front door bins can hold 1.5L drink bottles. The Captur also comes with removable seat covers in various themes, easily “wearable” and removed via velcro and zips.

The made-in-Spain Captur is an interesting new addition to our market, and the price is pretty attractive at an estimated RM118k to RM123k too. It will come with a five-year unlimited mileage factory warranty and the service interval is every 10,000 km or six months.

After its stint at BSC, the car will be touring Renault showrooms nationwide – starting with Renault PJ, Glenmarie and Puchong from August 6-9 – if you want to have a closer look.