Popular Renault Captur updated to keep up with new rivals
In recent years, the mystery of mass psychology, value orientation and politics has become more and more obvious and still seems to require an adequate explanation. On the one hand, the idea of a cleaner world, less carbon dioxide and less harmful emissions is gaining public consciousness and is reflected in tightening standards, stimulating the use of alternative energy sources and electric vehicles.
On the other hand, there is a growing demand for SUVs or crossovers, whose more massive and taller bodies resemble SUVs and, of course, imply higher fuel consumption. The same people vote for politicians who promise to cut emissions while at the same time replacing the family hatchback or station wagon with a taller and more impressive car.
In any case, this trend is already defining for the market, and this year we have seen many premieres, with which manufacturers fill the last gaps in their crossover line, which now includes small class models.
That's why Renault employees, whose Captur has enjoyed good sales since its launch in 2013, decided to redesign their small crossover (best-selling in Europe - 215 units in 670) to meet the demands of the new competitor.
Exterior changes include new color combinations, a glass roof and lighting, which, depending on the level of equipment, can now be fully LED. Both the front and the back show the brand's C-shaped lights, day and night.
So far, the criticism of the model has most of all touched the interior, where more unpretentious materials prevailed. And the fact that customers are willing to pay more for a little luxury is attested to by the fact that around 80 percent of the Captur sold in Germany were ordered with Intens equipment, which is about 4000 euros more than the base one.
When updating the model, the designers took into account the desire of buyers for higher quality. On the upper levels, a leather steering wheel, hard plastic replaced with soft upholstery, the seats provide better lateral support, a Bose audio system with six speakers and a subwoofer in the trunk qualitatively fills the interior with effective sound.
Innovations in the assistance systems are a warning about the presence of a vehicle in the blind spot on the left and right of the car and a parking assistant, which detects parking spaces and helps the driver when maneuvering.
At the moment, the engine lineup has remained unchanged. Two petrol turbo engines (0,9 and 1,2 liters) with three and four cylinders with 90 and 118 hp. respectively are still available. Two four-cylinder 1,5-liter diesels have 90 and 110 hp.
In some countries of the post-Soviet space, a more powerful diesel engine is combined only with a 6-speed manual transmission, and a more powerful gasoline engine is combined with a 6-speed dual-clutch transmission (and Intens equipment).
With a quiet ride, the engines run quietly and fairly smoothly, and the more powerful versions do not create a feeling of lack of traction. The car rides pleasantly, as long as there are not so many defects on the asphalt and you are in no hurry - otherwise, as the speed increases, the body tilts noticeably in turns. The 17cm ground clearance may not be enough for off-road adventures, but it still hints at outdoor excursions.