Best-seller of urban crossovers in Europe and France since its release in 2013, the Renault Captur has just been renewed. New look, new equipment and revised range of engines, we tell you all about the second generation of the small SUV at the Losange.
It was just as expected as the new Clio. A few months after the launch of the versatile city car, its big brother Captur also arrives on the market. A second generation more mature in style since it abandons the jovial side in favor of a more serious, more statutory pencil stroke. This goes through C-shaped lights at the front and rear, a more massive grille, more muscular shields as well as a chrome strip separating the roof from the rear quarter panel.
This update also stands out for a much more qualitative interior than before. The design of the dashboard is much more modern, and the materials of much better quality. Without forgetting the technological touch with digital instrumentation units and screens managing infotainment of different sizes depending on the finish.
What are the characteristics of the Renault Captur 2?
Compared to the previous generation, the Captur 2 ate a good bowl of soup. The proof, with its 4.23 m long, it measures 11 cm longer than before. It is also 2 cm (1.80 m) wider while its height remains unchanged. Growth that can be explained by its global vocation since it will be sold all over the world (except North America).
These extra centimeters only slightly benefit the livability, which remains one of the best in the segment with in particular an elbow width of 1.39 m and a knee room of 1.34 m thanks to the hollow front seat backrests. On the other hand, the chest progresses, oscillating from 422 to 536 liters in 5-seater configuration thanks to the very practical sliding rear seat (and folding 2/3 1/3) on 16 cm.
Finally, the Captur 2 logically takes a few extra pounds on the scale, displaying a weight between 1190 and 1327 kg depending on the version. The same goes for the turning circle, which is slightly larger, now reaching 11 meters.
Which engine to choose?
Who says new generation, says renewed range of engines. The petrol range begins with the 3-cylinder 1.0 TCe 100 hp (160 Nm) in a 5-speed manual gearbox, consuming 5.2 l / 100 km for CO2 emissions of 118 g / km. Come next the 4-cylinder 1.3 FAP 130 (BVM6 or EDC7) and 155 hp (EDC7 only) consuming respectively 5.6 (BVM6) and 5.5 per 100 km for CO2 emissions of 128 (BVM6) and 125 g / km.
Although the Diesel is no longer in the smell of sanctity, two fuel oil blocks still garnish the catalog of Captur 2: the Blue dCi 1.5 95 and 115 hp (BVM6 or EDC7). Consuming respectively 4 and 4.2 l (BVM6) for CO2 emissions of 106 and 111 (BVM6) g / km. Finally, a very interesting plug-in hybrid variant claiming 160 hp and 45 km of fully electric range, will arrive during 2020.
While waiting for the plug-in hybrid version, the most interesting engine seems to us to be the TCe 130 hp. Although the 100 hp is perfect for urban use, the 130 adds a welcome small dose of power when it is necessary to take the expressways, while freeing itself from the rough side of a 3-cylinder and containing its penalty. (90 €).
What type of gearbox to choose?
As on the previous generation, the Captur 2 has a choice of manual or automatic dual clutch gearboxes. The entry-level TCe 100 and Blue dCi 95 hp engines are only fitted witha manual gearbox (5 gears for petrol and 6 for Diesel).
The TCe 130 and Blue dCi 115 are available to choose from in 6-speed manual gearbox, or in a box EDC7 automatic double clutch. In addition to greater user comfort and better performance, EDC has the merit of lowering consumption and CO2 emissions. Finally, the block enthroned at the top of the range, the TCe 155 ch is only associated with the EDC7 gearbox.
Which body to choose?
No Captur coupe or convertible, the diamond crossover is only available in a single 5-door and 5-seater configuration. Previously supported by the Clio Estate, it is now the only family representative of the B segment since the break variant of the versatile city car is not being renewed.
Which finish to choose?
The Renault Captur 2 retains the same finishes as before, namely Life, Zen, Intense and Initial Paris.
The basic finish Life includes safety equipment like emergency braking with detection of pedestrians and cyclists, sign recognition, distance and lane departure warning, cruise control, automatic lighting of the lights or keeping in the lane. Not to mention 6 airbags, electric windows and mirrors, the 4.2-inch digital dashboard and of course, the sliding and folding rear seat.
A little higher in the range, finishing Zen adds the EASY LINK infotainment system with 7-inch screen and AndroidAuto / Call CarPlay as well as the hands-free card, the 17 ” alloy rims, manual air conditioning, the steering wheel paddles with the EDC box and the folding mirrors.
Level Intense also offers automatic air conditioning, the C-shaped light signature, two-tone paint, 18-inch rims, rear parking aid, Easy Link with 7-inch screen and navigation, the electric handbrake, the leather steering wheel, the MULTI-SENSE with 3 driving modes or the automatic high beam / low beam.
Finally, the high-end finish Initial Paris play the chic side in style with a star grille, shark antenna and 18 inch diamond rims. The same goes for the interior with electric / heated leather front seats, specific door mats and sills or even a heated leather steering wheel. The technological panoply is also enriched with the 10.2-inch digital dashboard, the 9.3-inch EASY LINK system, the Bose audio system, parking assistance and blind spot detection. Without forgetting the floating central console devoted to the automatic transmission.
Finishing Zen could do the trick but with an extension of 2,500 €, finishing Intense adds unmissable equipment these days such as automatic air conditioning, rear parking assistance or navigation.
The Renault Captur 2 starts its prices at € 18,600 in TCe 1.0 100 hp BVM5 finish Life, and climbs to € 32,000 for the 1.5 Blue dCi 115 ch EDC7 Initial Paris.
- TCe 100 hp : 18 600 € (Life), 20 900 € (Zen) and € 23,400 (Intense).
- TCe 130 hp BVM6 : 22 100 € (Zen) and € 24,600 (Intense).
- TCe 130 hp EDC7 : 23 900 € (Zen), € 26,400 (Intense) and € 29,900 (Initial Paris).
- TCe 155 hp EDC7 : 27 300 € (Intense) and € 30,800 (Initial Paris).
- Blue dCi 95 hp : 23 200 € (Zen) and € 25,700 (Intense).
- Blue dCi 115 hp BVM6 : 24 200 € (Zen) and € 26,700 (Intense).
- Blue dCi 115 hp EDC7 : € 26,000 (Zen), € 28,500 (Intense) and € 32,000 (Initial Paris).
The essential options of the Renault Captur 2
If you opt for the basic finish Life but that you find it a little too stripped down, you can always check some options like the very useful spare wheel (150 € on all finishes) or the 2 USB and Bluetooth sockets (400 €).
Sure finishing Zen, rear parking assistance (400 €), the comfort pack with automatic air conditioning, automatic ignition of the wipers (450 €) and the navigation pack with EASY LINK with 7 ” screen and navigation (350 €) are essential.
Sure Intense, the Safety Pack with Motorway and Traffic Assistant, blind spot detector, Stop & Go adaptive cruise control and heated steering wheel (900 €) may be a good choice as may the Bose® Techno Pack with EASY LINK with 9.3 “screen, Bose® Sound System, Easy Park Assist, front parking aid and reversing camera (€ 1,600).
Already fully equipped, finishing Initial Paris can be enriched by panoramic sunroof (€ 900), the Safety Pack with Motorway and Traffic Assistant, Stop & Go adaptive cruise control (€ 600) and the 360 degree camera (250 €)
By renewing itself, the Renault Captur intends to keep his place as best-selling urban crossover in France and Europe. But the competition is getting tougher with a Peugeot 2008 also widely revised, with a more seductive style, with a more dynamic behavior but at higher prices. The Citroën C3 Aircross, fresh in style and very comfortable, is cheaper.
Among the more premium competitors, there are now the DS 3 Crossback and the Volkswagen T-Roc, of the same size and with similar equipment such as semi-autonomous driving in traffic jams. Finally, there remains the more affordable alternative with the Dacia Duster and its price / performance ratio canon.
The second generation Renault Captur has erased many faults which were attributed to its first version. Always as spacious and flexible, more technological and neat, and with healthy road handling, it has all the cards in hand to keep its number 1 place. Especially since its complete engine range, soon to be enhanced with a plug-in hybrid version , and its still competitive prices, allow it to appeal to a very wide audience.