Our cars: Renault Captur 1.5 dCi - July
Week ending July 26
Driven this week 566
Renault Captur review
The recent weeks of welcome sunshine has brought to light a small niggle with the Renault Captur’s cabin.
In the specification we chose, chrome and gloss blacks accents appear all around the dashboard. There’s no argument that this looks classy and helps to add sparkle to the otherwise unremarkable interior.
However, the reflective properties of both these finishes, coupled with the large touch screen, mean that strong sunlight flooding in from behind the car is bounced around, causing serious glare for the driver.
If you know the sun is low and behind you, you can at least prepare yourself and make sure you've got sunglasses handy. But there’s also a bit of chrome trim at the base of the steering wheel, which can often catch you out when turning a corner and reflecting directly into your eyes.
I can’t imagine this is a problem unique to the Renault, so I’d be interested to hear about other cars' interiors that suffer similar issues.
By Ed Callow
Week ending July 19
Driven this week 329
Considering that the in-car temperature readout was showing 32 degrees, it seemed rather perverse that the reason I borrowed the Renault Captur was down to my decision to fit a heater to my old ’64 Land Rover – a job that needed to span a couple of lunch hours.
The Captur looks quirky from the outside and I stupidly thought that might equate to 'sporty’ once on the road, but the reality is that while the looks may prompt a second look, the performance doesn’t.
The diesel is hardly eager to rev and is sluggish through changes while the numerous 'bings’ and 'bongs’ from the alert system which kindly informs you that the air outside isn’t very clean, or that the Bluetooth can’t connect to your 'phone, is just darn annoying.
The air-conditioning worked well though and it averaged 55mpg, so it’s not all bad!
Week ending July 12
Driven this week 1601
Last week I took our long term Renault Captur down to Cornwall for a holiday along the north coast. This was my first chance to test the car outside of my regular 50-mile commute, and on the whole it performed rather well.
The interior isn’t as plush as a Peugeot 2008, but its perfectly comfortable and it has more than enough boot space for a week’s holiday for two. The door bins and compartments on the dash and between the seats meant that all the usual holiday detritus was well contained, too.
Yes, the ride is firm and a bit unsettled on rough roads, but cruising down smoother motorways and A-roads to the South West was a relaxing experience. The fairly tall gearing meant that even the lack of a sixth ratio wasn’t an issue. Fuel economy on the way down didn’t match the returns on my daily commute, but the trip computer still indicated near-60mpg.
However, the same can’t be said for the driving around the steep, narrow roads on the Cornish coast. The driving style required meant that the holiday miles managed an average of only 44mpg. Compare this to a genuine 63mpg achieved on a typical commute and you can see how the area in which you live can have a major impact on fuel consumption.
By Ed Callow
Week ending July 5
Driven this week 583
One of the Renault Captur's first tasks on joining the What Car? long-term test fleet was to take part in a group test.
It has gone up against its key rivals in the small SUV sector. The Peugeot 2008 is the other new model in the group test, alongside the more established Nissan Juke and Skoda Yeti.
I won't spoil the result of the test - you'll have to wait until the magazine goes on sale later this month to find out who won - but it is amazing how quickly this segment has grown in such a short time so we can run a four-car group test of this sort.
By Tom Webster
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