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by Tim Beissmann

The Renault Captur has finally landed in Australia, launching today from $22,990 plus on-road costs.

The Captur’s arrival comes almost two years after we first drove Renault’s Clio-based baby crossover at its international launch in France in 2013.

The Renault Captur joins Australia’s burgeoning sub-compact SUV segment alongside the likes of the Ford EcoSport, Holden Trax, Nissan Juke and Peugeot 2008, and lands days before the new Honda HR-V and weeks before the Mazda CX-3.

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The three-variant Captur line-up includes the entry-level Expression manual, the $25,990 Expression auto, and the range-topping $27,990 Dynamique auto.

Expression variants come standard with 16-inch alloy wheels, automatic headlights and wipers, LED daytime running lights, rear parking sensors, reverse-view camera, one-touch door unlocking and ‘walk-away’ locking, push-button start, cruise control, climate control, and a 7.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system with satellite navigation and Bluetooth phone connectivity and audio streaming.

Stepping up to Dynamique brings larger 17-inch alloys, standard two-tone body paint, fog lights with cornering function, dark tinted rear windows and tailgate, chrome tailgate strip and interior trim, storage nets on front seatbacks, and nifty removable seat covers that can be unzipped and washed to keep clean.

Unfortunately, as with Clio, Captur misses out on curtain airbags for back-seat passengers, offering only dual front and side bags for those in the front.

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The Captur line-up comprises two distinct drivetrains. The base model teams a 66kW/135Nm 0.9-litre three-cylinder turbo petrol engine with a five-speed manual transmission, while automatic versions pair an 88kW/190Nm 1.2-litre four-cylinder turbo petrol with a six-speed dual-clutch gearbox.

The former is more frugal (4.9 versus 5.4 litres per 100 kilometres on the combined cycle), while the latter is quicker (10.9 seconds 0-100km/h versus 13.0sec).

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The Renault Captur measures 4122mm long, 1778mm wide, 1566mm tall, and sits on a 2606mm wheelbase, making it, for comparison’s sake, 156mm shorter and 108mm lower at the roofline than the Holden Trax, yet with a 51mm-longer wheelbase.

The Captur’s sliding rear seat base allows owners to expand the boot from 377 to 455 litres while keeping all seats in place, and folding the 60:40 seatbacks forward opens up 1235L of cargo space.

Renault’s comprehensive aftersales program supports Captur owners with a five-year, unlimited-kilometre warranty, five years of roadside assistance, and three-years/45,000km capped-price servicing fixed at $299 per service.

 

2015 Renault Captur pricing (before on-road costs):
Expression 90 manual $22,990
Expression 120 auto $25,990
Dynamique 120 auto $27,990

 

2015 Renault Captur drivetrains:
TCe 90:
0.9-litre three-cylinder turbo petrol
66kW at 5250rpm
135Nm at 2500rpm
Five-speed manual
4.9L/100km
0-100km/h: 13.0 seconds

TCe 120:
1.2-litre four-cylinder turbo petrol
88kW at 4900rpm
190Nm at 2000rpm
Six-speed dual-clutch automatic
5.4L/100km
0-100km/h: 10.9 seconds

 

2015 Renault Captur major options:
Exterior trim colours $250
Exterior decals $500
Interior trim colours $250
R-Link media system $990

Expression:
One-tone metallic paint $800
Two-tone solid paint $1000
Two-tone metallic paint $1800
17-inch alloy wheels $750
Washable and removable seat covers $600

Dynamique:
Two-tone metallic paint $800
Orange/ivory alloy wheels $250
Washable and removable colour seat covers $300
Leather seats $1490

 

2015 Renault Captur standard features:
Expression:
Stop-start engine technology (90 manual only)
Four airbags (driver and passenger front and side bags)
Electronic stability control
Auto headlights and wipers
LED daytime running lights
Front and rear foglights
Rear parking sensors
Reverse-view camera
One-touch and automatic ‘walk-away’ door locking
Push-button start
Cruise control
Climate control
7.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system with navigation, Bluetooth phone connectivity and audio streaming, USB and AUX inputs
Height-adjustable driver’s seat
Cloth upholstery
Leather-wrapped steering wheel and gearknob
16-inch alloy wheels
Space-saver spare wheel

Dynamique (adds over Expression):
17-inch alloy wheels
Fog lights with cornering function
Two-tone body colour
Roof-colour side mirrors
Dark-tinted rear windows and tailgate
Chrome tailgate strip
Chrome interior trim
Washable and removable seat covers
Storage nets on front seatbacks




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