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2016 Renault Captur Sunset Interior

2016 Renault Captur Sunset

By Franky Johnson

Renault recently introduced the Captur Sunset Limited, a new special edition version of their very successful Captur crossover. With only 100 units available, the Captur Sunset Limited Edition Dynamique marks official introduction of Renault's best-selling engine worldwide, the dynamic 1.5 dCi 66 kW Turbo Diesel engine derivative, into the Renault Captur range.

According to Renault the diesel-powered Dynamique is the perfect complement to its three petrol-powered siblings in the range, the Dynamique EDC with Renault's new generation 1.2 litre 88kW EDC Turbo power plant, the Dynamique 66kW Turbo and Expression 66kW Turbo.

The 1.5dCi turbo diesel is Renault's biggest selling engine worldwide. It boasts significantly reduced fuel consumption and CO² emission levels of up to 35% and is also the power plant behind Renault's very popular Duster 1.5dCi Dynamique SUV, introduced to the SA market in September 2013.

The Captur can be described as ‘an urban crossover’, combining the attributes of an SUV with the spaciousness of an MPV, and the convenience of a hatch, all wrapped into one good looking package. The new limited edition trendy Captur Sunset models are recognisable by their Diamond Black paint scheme, accentuated by roof and mirrors plus stylish front, rear and side streamline trim in Sunset Orange.

Sunset Orange is also used to striking effect on the inside of the Renault Captur Sunset Limited Edition to accentuate the vent, MediaNav console and door speaker surrounds and also parts of the steering wheel. Carbon black and the Sunset Orange zip collection seat covers provide the final complement to the customised interior. The Renault Captur Sunset Limited edition also receives front-end LED daytime running lights, cornering fog light activation and runs on sporty 17" alloy rims.

With its flexible, modular layout, Captur's interior is spacious. There's plenty interior room for four adults without those in front having to make any real sacrifices in the way of legroom and there’s adequate legroom for adults in the second row. Headroom is plentiful and the seats are at a good height for easy entry and exit.

The Captur’s deep boot is really large. It will swallow 377 litres of luggage in standard configuration, has a false floor that can hide objects, be positioned at 45 degrees to stop your shopping rolling everywhere, or be placed on the boot floor to open the entire area whilst the boot floor is reversible - smooth on one side and with an anti-slide surface on the other.

Standard features in the Captur Sunset Dynamique diesel derivative includes Bluetooth connectivity, Renault's MediaNav integrated on-board multimedia system with 7" touch-screen, satellite navigation and radio plus USB port and all features are easily accessed via fingertip controls located alongside the steering column. ECO mode function is available at the push of a button and electronically modifies the engine's response to automatically optimise fuel consumption.

The Captur Sunset Dynamique diesel also comes with the hands-free key card, electric exterior mirrors, front and rear electric windows, and automatic climate control with one touch, quick demist function plus air quality management system. Then add rear parking sensors, rear camera, automatic headlights, rain sensitive front wipers, a tyre pressure sensor and cruise control. Safety equipment includes ventilated disc brakes up front, solid discs at the rear, with ABS and Emergency Brake Assist, Electronic Stability Program and Hill Start Assist, which on an incline of at least 10%, when stepping off the brake, will hold the car for approximately three seconds with no roll-back.

Passive safety features include four airbags, front seat belts with pretensioners and force limiters, anti-submarining front seats, anti-whiplash head rests and three ISOFIX 3-point child seat anchor seat attachments, fitted to the front passenger and rear side seats. Under the bonnet of the Captur Sunset diesel Renault has installed their top selling 1.5 dCi turbo diesel engine developing 66 kW at 4 000 rpm and peak torque of 220 Nm at 1 750 rpm, with power delivered to the front wheels through a 5-speed manual transmission.

Fuel consumption is given as 3.6 litres/100km in the combined cycle, which sounds most ambitious, but on the first section of the ride and drive where we tested the economy, my colleague and I actually equaled that figure which was quite remarkable for a “B” segment crossover. The tank holds 45 litres. And CO² emissions are rated at just 95gm/km.

From behind the wheel, one sits quite high up in the Captur, for good all round visibility. The steering wheel also adjusts for rake and reach, and the rotary-controlled backrest can be set to any angle, so most drivers will be able to find a comfortable position, while most of the controls are within easy reach and are simple enough to get the hang of.

The turbo-diesel motor is remarkably smooth and quiet on the freeways, with very little noise or vibrations seeping inside the cabin. It has an excellent spread of torque for up long hills.On the freeways it pulls strongly and never feels underpowered or under-torqued, even when in the switchable fuel-saving ‘Eco’ mode, while the five-speed manual gearbox offers smooth changes and is well-matched to the engine.

The Captur Sunset feels pretty nimble through corners. There is a just a hint of body lean, plenty of grip and the built-in electronic driver aids come into play should the driver overdo it, while the suspension does a good job of ironing out the bumps, especially on some of the poor surface B” roads.

In terms of performance the 1.5 dCi turbo diesel acquits itself reasonably well for a crossover – it will sprint from 0 to 100 km in 13.1 secs, has a top speed of 171 km/h, and has strong and effective brakes to scrub off the speed.

The recommended retail price for the new Renault Captur 1.5 dCi 66kW Turbo Dynamique diesel Sunset Ltd Edition crossover is R292 400 which Includes R2 500 for metallic paint, a 5-year/150 000 km mechanical warranty; a 3-year/45 000 km service plan and a 6-year anti-corrosion warranty, with service intervals every 15 000 km or 1 year.

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