On sale now, the Captur faces the likes of the Holden Trax, Ford EcoSport, Nissan Juke and Honda HR-V – but crucially for the French manufacturer, it launches before the long-awaited Mazda CX-3 that’s slated to be a segment leader.
With just three models, the Renault range is a simple one. There’s a well-equipped, $22,990 base Expression five-speed manual, powered by a 0.9-litre turbocharged three-cylinder putting out 66kW and 135Nm. It’s slow (13 seconds to 100), but no doubt another delightful three-pot motor, and it’s frugal with 4.9L / 100km as the combined fuel figure.
The $25,990 Expression automatic shares a 1.2-litre turbo four producing 90kW and 190Nm with the $27,990 Dynamique flagship, with the top car available only with a six-speed dual-clutch gearbox. The range-topper adds 17-inch wheels (up from 16), chrome highlights, rear tinting, and removable seat covers.
In an odd omission, no Captur gets curtain airbags for rear passengers – a fault we’d like to see rectified.
All prices are RRP list prices, before on-road costs or options.
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