Renault Captur Sunset (2016) Review

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The Renault Captur small crossover is now available with a turbodiesel engine and we recently put the limited-edition Captur Sunset to the test to see how it performs.

We like: Price, packaging, practicality, drive quality, low fuel consumption.

We don’t like: Some of the interior trims feel marginal in quality.

Alternatives:

  • The popular option:The Ford Ecosport is selling up a storm in South Africa and the diesel-powered 1.5 TDCI Titanium derivative comes well-specced and priced from R302 900. Its 1.5-litre turbodiesel engine offers 74 kW and 205 Nm and it comes with a 5-speed automatic transmission.
     
  • For more power: Consider the Nissan Juke 1.5 dCi Acenta+ offering 81 kW and 240 Nm of torque from the same 1.5-litre turbodiesel motor that powers the turbodiesel Captur. It makes use of a 6-speed manual transmission.

Compare the Renault Captur Sunset with the Ford EcoSport 1.5 TDCI Titanium and Nissan Juke 1.5 dCi Acenta+ 

 
The Renault Captur Sunset edition 1.5-litre turbodiesel engine returns excellent fuel economy. 

Since its arrival in the first half of 2015, the Renault Captur has proven popular in the growing small crossover segment. Renault has sold more than 5 000 Capturs in South Africa and the recent introduction of a turbodiesel derivative emboldens the French automaker's local line-up.

The Captur was initially offered with two turbopetrol engine choices (66 kW and 88 kW) and Renault has now expanded the range to include a tried-and-tested 66 kW 1.5-litre turbodiesel engine that also does duty in the Duster, Nissan's NP200, Juke and Qashqai, as well as the Mercedes-Benz A-Class.

To mark the arrival of the Captur diesel derivative, Renault created a special edition Captur Sunset derivative. Only 100 units of the Captur Sunset special editions are available and we spent some time with one to see if the turbodiesel engine is any good in this crossover application. 

How does it fare in terms of…

Kerb appeal? 


The Captur Sunset is a practical and stylish option in the crossover segment. 

The Captur is undoubtedly a stylish offering and this Sunset edition ups the crossover's visual appeal with some bespoke design details such as a Diamond Black exterior finish, with the side mirrors, roof and body trim elements finished in contrasting Sunset Orange.

The orange theme is also seen on the inside, where the Sunset edition features the same Sunset Orange colour for the air vent surrounds, speakers, infotainment screen surround and on the steering wheel. Special Sunset Orange zip collection seat covers are fitted to round off the interior look. The limited edition rides on 17-inch alloy wheels as standard and LED daytime running lights and cornering fog lamps are also part of the package.

Overall, we think the Captur Sunset is quite attractive, but, as with most things, it won’t be to everybody’s taste.

Performance?

The proven 1.5-litre turbodiesel develops 66 kW and 220 Nm of torque and drives the front wheels through a 5-speed manual transmission. Not only is the turbodiesel smooth and surprisingly quiet, but the motor delivers adequate performance in both city and highway driving situations. It’s by no means fast or eager at pullaway but it goes about its business with confidence... In-gear acceleration is good through all the gears, which means that you don’t have to shift down often to execute overtaking manoeuvres. The shift action is smooth (another positive Renault trait) and gear changes are effortless.


The turbodiesel Captur Sunset is well mannered on the road and comfortable to drive.

In terms of ride quality, the Captur provides sufficient damping over uneven surfaces to afford the driver and passengers a comfortable drive, but we were even more impressed with the Renault's fuel efficiency. The firm claims a fuel consumption figure of 3.6 L/100 km. You might find that a trifle ambitious, but during our test period, we consistently averaged 4.5 L/100 km. It was surprising to see how easily the Captur Sunset achieved that figure. There’s also an ECO button that prioritises economy and during a conservative drive, we managed to get the consumption figure down to 3.8 L/100 km, which is excellent.

Practicality?


There's sufficient boot space for a wide variety of items and folding the rear seats down provides generous load space.

One of the major reasons why the Captur has proven so popular is its practical packaging. Space for rear passengers is good (considering the Captur's compact dimensions) and the luggage bay is spacious at 377 litres. We put the loading capacity to a "flowery" test with a visit to a local nursery. We purchased 5 large bags of compost and an array of plants. The Captur’s rear aperture swallowed the whole load with ease and we were surprised to find that even more carrying capacity was available. Need to lug bulky objects? Simply tumble the 60:40 split rear seats down to access the full 1 235 litres of load space, but take note that the loading area isn’t completely flat: the seatbacks create a higher lip, which might make the loading of long items awkward. 

We also like that the boot floor is reversible, offering a smooth surface on the one side and an anti-slip surface on the other. The backs of the front seats feature hard-wearing plastic cladding and instead of conventional rear seat pockets, Renault opted for orange-coloured elastic ropes, which also add another dash of colour to the interior. There’s also a sufficient amount of stowage space in the door mouldings and centre console for drinks and any other oddments that need to be stored. The storage compartment on the dashboard is useful, but the lid and its opening and closing mechanism felt a bit flimsy.

Standard features?


The Captur Sunset is stylish, comfortable and well equipped with features.

Compared with its key rivals, such as the Ford EcoSport, Nissan Juke and Mazda CX-3, the Captur Sunset is well-specced. Up front, the driver has access to a 7-inch MediaNav infotainment system that offers Bluetooth connectivity, radio, satellite navigation and a USB port. We found the system easy to use, the menus simple to navigate and connecting a phone via Bluetooth was a cinch. Other standard comfort features include cruise control (with speed limiter), climate control air conditioning and electric windows and side mirrors. Rear park distance control (with a reverse-view camera) is also standard.

Safety features include ABS with EBD, brake assist, stability control, hill start assist and a tyre pressure monitoring system. A total of 4 airbags are included and there are ISOfix child-seat mounts on the front passenger seat and rear outer seats. The Captur Sunset also has a five-star EuroNCAP safety rating.

Pricing and warranty

The Renault Captur Sunset edition is priced from R292 400 and is sold with a 5-year/150 000 km warranty, 3-year/45 000 km service plan and 6-year anti-corrosion warranty. Service intervals are set 15 000/1-year intervals. The standard Renault Captur 66 kW dCi Dynamique is priced at R289 900.

Verdict


The Captur Sunset edition is kitted out with lively Sunset Orange details throughout the cabin. 

The turbodiesel-powered Captur Sunset impressed us with its honest performance, excellent fuel efficiency and good ride quality. It might lack some punch, but in most driving scenarios, the 1.5-litre motor's performance is more than adequate. And besides, apart from its stylish good looks, buyers will find the Captur’s excellent space utilisation useful and the interior aesthetically appealing and comfortable. The Sunset comes generously equipped with standard features, outshining its rivals by a fair margin and it is, therefore, a strong proposition in this segment.

The Renault's asking price is possibly the most attractive aspect. Few cars offer so much value at this price point. Renault has come a long way in improving its aftersales service and buyers would be wise to consider the turbodiesel Captur or even better, the Captur Sunset, if you can still get your hands on one.

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