Renault Captur 1.5 dCi Dynamique Medianav
Week ending April 25
Mileage 10,810 11,203
Driven this week 393 miles
One of the reasons we like to run long termers over the course of a year is that we’ll usually hit their first service interval at the end of the car’s time with us.
So it is with the Captur. On starting up the car this week, I was presented with a large, clear message stating that a service was due in 30 days. What I especially liked about this message was that there was no loud bonging or beeping to accompany the readout - just a silent, helpful reminder. I like that.
Right then - I best get on with booking in the service. I expect this can all be done online now, so it’s time to explore how easy that is, and what sort of service we’ll get from our local Renault dealers.
We’ll let you know how we get on over the coming weeks.
By Ed Callow
Week ending April 18
Driven this week 527 miles
This week, I put the Captur’s seats in the washing machine. OK, not the whole seats, just the seat covers. But still, how many other new cars can you say that about?
If you read the welcome article on our Renault, you’ll know that the trim level we chose (Dynamique Medianav) comes with removable and washable seat covers. Entry-level Expression and Expression+ cars do without, and unfortunately you can’t add it as an option.
Nevertheless, as long as you choose either of the top two trims, you’ll get the removable covers as standard. What’s more, you can order an extra set of covers to change the look of your cabin, too.
We asked Renault to send us another set of covers - this time, in the charcoal and orange combination. These could not only replace the first set while they were drying, but they’d also give us a chance to check the fit and finish on more than one set.
Removing the seat covers isn’t tricky, but it’s worth reading the instructions first. Once we knew what we were doing, we had the whole lot off in about five minutes. The covers also take up very little space, so they’ll easily fit in any household washing machine.
If you’re not the sort to read instructions, at least read this: do not tumble dry the covers. You also need to make sure you’ve switched your washing machine onto its low spin speed. We suspect that failure to follow either of these notes might result in covers that don’t fit quite so well any more. So don’t risk it.
No such problems in the What Car? wash test - the covers came out spun dry, and letting them air for a few hours was enough to get them ready to be put back on the seats. What we can’t understand - given how straightforward the whole task was - is why no other manufacturer has offered, or currently offers, the same feature on their new cars.
I suspect many parents have quietly cursed at fixed seat covers that are caked in chocolate, crayon, grass stains or fruit juice. Our covers fit snugly, can be changed and replaced in minutes, and are easy to clean. Well done, Renault.
By Ed Callow
Week ending April 11
Driven this week 140 miles
As I’ve mentioned in previous updates, I’m partial to a bit of Radio 2 in the morning on the way to work. I’m not a channel hopper, though, so once the radio’s on, it tends to stay on. However, some people I know are rather indecisive about this sort of thing, so they’re constantly turning it on and off.
With that on my mind, one thing that’s puzzled me up until this week was the lack of a mute button on the dashboard or steering wheel. There must be plenty of people, I thought, who want to silence the audio on the move, so surely they aren’t supposed to manually dial the volume to zero?
Indeed they are not. I was reaching for the ‘volume up’ paddle on the column-mounted audio controls this week, when I pulled on both paddles by mistake. As it happens, flicking up both of these at the same time works as the mute function. So, if you’re still hunting for a mute button in your Captur, give that a go.
Of course, I would have learnt this sooner if I’d just read the owner’s manual cover to cover, but discovering it by accident is much more fun.
By Ed Callow