Sprint Review: Renault Captur Sunset

A new car, lots of information in short paragraphs.

What you need to know: The Renault Captur is a reasonably new sight in southern Africa, based on the compact Clio hatchback and squarely aimed at the mushrooming (B-segment) compact SUV market. Other car makers offer similar products with the Nissan Juke and Ford Ecoboost all relying on small hatch platforms.

This Captur Sunset model is a limited edition of 100 models, built to celebrate the arrival of Renault’s 1.5-litre turbo-diesel engine to this range. It joins the highly efficient 900cc and 1.2-litre turbo-petrol motors of other Captur models which have, since May 2015, pushed this Renault into second spot for S.A. sales.

Some more facts: Sunset-specific details are dark 17-inch alloys, Diamond Black paint and Sunset Orange highlights for the roof and exterior mirror caps. More orange zest can be found inside on the seats, air vents, centre console and map pocket holders with lumo-orange string that kids can use to drive their ‘rentals mad.

The 1.5 dCi is Renault’s best-selling engine worldwide, proving its SUV credentials by doing duty in the more rugged Duster. Its 66kW arrive in quite a rev-happy fashion while the 220Nm provide sufficient shove from 1,750rpm. Keep it in the right gear (of five) and it pulls nicely. We clocked 0-100 in 11.9 seconds – Renault claims 13.1.

Where we went: The office, home, some friends, a few highways and the mall parking lot – natural compact SUV hunting grounds. While this pearly black lacquer attracts dirt and heat, it looks superb in combination with bright orange and gets plenty of attention. By the end of our tests, every driver approved of the Sunset.

Underneath its striking coat, the Captur hides a comfy suspension and super-light controls with decent feedback. Road holding is on par for this segment, fuel consumption isn’t. Renault claims 3.6L/100km and we saw sub-fives in the real world. With a 45L tank, that means we were heading for 1,000km per tank.

Watch out for: The price of N$305,000 is a few grand more than the (now available) 1.5 dCi Dynamique model. The regular model won’t have these bespoke accessories but offers a wider range of colours – including a bright orange. Renault’s after-sales reputation is dented so check out your dealer’s workshop and CSI!

Why you’ll want one: For starters, that great little engine in a modern, practical SUV with 170mm of ground clearance and a 377L boot – expandable to 1,235L. The Sunset limited edition bits look fantastic but you’ll do just as well with a regular 1.5 dCi Dynamique model. And it falls below the CO2 tax threshold…


FULL SPECLIST

Engine:        1,461cc in-line four-cylinder turbo-diesel
Transmission:    5-speed Manual, FWD
Max. Power:    66kW @ 4,400rpm
Max. Torque:    220Nm @ 1,750rpm
Avg cons.:    3.6L/100km (claimed)
0-100km/h:    13.1 seconds (claimed) / 11.89 (tested)
Top Speed:     171km/h (claimed)
List Price:     N$ 305,000 (limited edition)


Performance

0-10km/h: 0,46 seconds
0-20km/h: 1,02 seconds
0-30km/h: 1,69 seconds
0-40km/h: 2,80 seconds
0-50km/h: 3,74 seconds
0-60km/h: 4,89 seconds
0-70km/h: 6,15 seconds
0-80km/h: 7,98 seconds
0-90km/h: 9,81 seconds
0-100km/h: 11,89 seconds
0-110km/h: 14,30 seconds
0-120km/h: 17,73 seconds
0-130km/h: 21,40 seconds
0-140km/h: 26,19 seconds

0-100m: 7,54 seconds @ 77,67km/h
0-200m: 11,61 seconds @ 98,77km/h
0-300m: 15,19 seconds @ 111,02km/h
0-400m: 18,10 seconds @ 121,05km/h

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0-10mph: 0,81 seconds
0-20mph: 1,86 seconds
0-30mph: 3,52 seconds
0-40mph: 5,40 seconds
0-50mph: 8,07 seconds
0-60mph: 11,11 seconds
0-70mph: 15,36 seconds
0-80mph: 20,95 seconds
0-85mph: 24,41 seconds

1/4 mile: 18,17 seconds @ 75,36mph

Maximum acceleration G-force: 0,39G

Altitude: 60m

All data captured by Racelogic® Performance Box

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