Renault has updated its Captur compact off-roader range with a new 1.5-litre diesel engine. This 109bhp motor offers significantly greater power than before – with an extra 20bhp over its predecessor – along with improved economy.

This 1.5-litre engine whisks the Captur to 62mph in a reasonable 11.0 seconds – while still being capable of claimed fuel economy of more than 70mpg, partly thanks to stop-start tech. Official fuel consumption stands at 76.4mpg for all models apart from ‘Signature’ cars which return 72.4mpg (due to their less efficient standard-fit mud and snow tyres).

CO2 emissions in Dynamique and Dynamique S models meanwhile are low enough to warrant free car tax under current rules, while Signature models will be liable for annual car tax bills of just £20.



As for equipment, Dynamique models will include a seven-inch touchscreen media system with sat nav and mobile phone connectivity and climate control, along with 17-inch alloy wheels. Buyers who step up to Dynamique S trim, meanwhile, gain rear parking sensors, 17-inch alloy wheels and electric folding and heated door mirrors.

Top-of-the-range Signature trim has also recently been introduced. This gadget-laden model includes Renault’s R-Link media system with TomTom sat nav, a reversing camera, an uprated sound system, leather upholstery and a sophisticated traction control system, which should boost grip on a range of different surfaces.

Prices for the Captur dCi 110 start at £17,695, with order books opening on April 1.

Picture: Renault

Chris Lloyd


March 17, 2015

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