Captur line-up gets simplified ahead of next year’s new model, and to better comply with WLTP regulations. Does the ageing small SUV still pass muster?
With an all-new model due to arrive in mid-2019, the Renault Captur line-up has been subjected to something of a nip-tuck for the remainder of its current lifecycle, and also in a bid to comply with stricter WLTP emissions regulations. For the UK, engine options have been restricted to a choice of two: an 89bhp 1.5-litre four-cylinder diesel and the 0.9-litre three-cylinder petrol unit that sits beneath the bonnet of our test car.It’s a modest engine, developing just 89bhp at 5500rpm, while 103lb ft of torque is produced at 2250rpm. This is directed to the front wheels via a five-speed manual gearbox; no automatic is available on petrol-powered Capturs.The trim levels available for the Captur have been simplified, too, dropping from five to three. Play now represents the £15,300 entry-level model, while our £16,500 Iconic test car occupies the mid-range, featuring standard equipment such as satellite navigation, Bluetooth connectivity, DAB radio and cruise control. GT Line models crown the line-up, with a starting price of £18,300. Aside from these tweaks to the Captur range as a whole, the car itself remains mechanically identical to how it was at its 2013 launch. The small SUV sits on the same Renault-Nissan Alliance B platform that underpins the Clio and Nissan Juke, while its suspension still consists of MacPherson struts up front and a torsion beam at the rear. …read more