Renault, through authorised distributor TC Euro Cars Sdn Bhd, have snuck under the B-Segment crossover radar to offer the segment’s first turbocharged model, the Renault Captur.
The French car, pronounced here as “Capture” instead of “Kaptur”, is built based on the fourth generation Renault Clio but is marginally bigger by way of footprint, measuring at 4,122 mm long, 1,778 mm wide, 1,566 mm tall and has a wheelbase of 2,606 mm (against the Clio’s 2,589 mm).
Underneath the hood is a transversely mounted 1.2-litre turbocharged four cylinder engine that makes 120 horsepower at 4,900 rpm and 190 Nm of torque from 2,000 rpm, paired to a six-speed dual clutch automatic transmission sending drive to the front wheels. It’s technically the most powerful vehicle in its segment with 190 Nm of torque, however it falls short on power when put next to the Honda HR-V’s 140 hp 1.8-litre engine.
The engine may be small, but on the flip side you only pay RM55 for road tax yearly, whilst enjoying numbers like 10.9 seconds for the 0 to 100 km/h sprint before reaching a top speed of 192 km/h. Fuel consumption on the other hand, is rated at 5.4 litres per 100 km.
Now, this funky looking car will be offered in four colours, all with contrasting-coloured roof. Colours that come with the black top comprise of Arizona Orange, Ivory (white) and Beige, whereas the Pacific Blue hue gets the white top. Only one variant will be available, and the amenity kit is pretty impressive to begin with.
On the outside, the styling is largely reminiscent of the Clio. The Captur gets LED daytime running lights built into the fog lamp binnacles, halogen projector headlights, two-tone 17-inch Shuriken-style wheels shod with 205/55 series tyres, keyless entry and push-start button.
Inside, the Captur gets removable fabric seats that come with three varying designs, depending on the exterior colour of your vehicle. Air conditioning is automatic, and in the middle of the dash is a 7-inch touchscreen display supporting GPS navigation, Bluetooth connectivity for audio and telephony streaming. There’s also USB and auxiliary connectivity, including visual feed from the reverse camera.
Boot volume measures at 377 litres, but expands to 455 litres when the rear seats are brought forwards or 1,235 litres when they are folded flat. Driver convenience features are made of cruise control with speed limiter, Electronic Stability Control, ABS with EBD, Emergency Brake Assist, Eco Mode and Hill-Start Assist. If that doesn’t sound convincing enough, the Captur scores a full 5-star Euro NCAP crash safety rating, and comes with four airbags as standard.
The Renault Captur will butt heads with models like the Honda HR-V, Peugeot 2008, Ford EcoSport and the soon-to-come Mazda CX-3. It carries an indicative on-the-road price tag of RM123k without insurance, effectively making it the costliest B-Segment crossover in the Malaysian market to date. That said, it is also – and will remain – as the only turbocharged model in its segment, for now at least.