THE smart-looking Renault Captur, albeit built on the underpinnings of the popular Clio, has been given a macho makeover so it stands taller in the urban jungle.
Its striking styling has gone down well with the suburban dweller, who needs a practical run-around but craves a touch of the wide outdoors, and yet, is far too sensible for a crazy looking Cactus.
Is the Captur then not just another of the so-called ‘crossovers’ I hear you ask? Well apparently not.
Cars like the Nissan Qashqai, which started the current craze of crossovers, meaning cars that have the looks and beefy stature of a 4×4 with the more economical running gear of a family hatch, (a pretend off-roader in other words) do just that, pretend. However the Captur makes no such claims, nor does it want to go off road.
Its non-pretentiousness is its appeal, and it appears to have created a market for this type of car, where the sales are racing ahead.
The Captur won’t venture far off the tarmac but it looks as though it might, and it has a practical spin-off in a higher than normal driving position, and easier entry for those of more mature years.
Maybe that is a clue to its popularity? Couple this with the car’s potential for a muddy family life with seat covers that can be unzipped and popped in the washing machine, not to mention lots of space in the rear, makes it an ideal choice for… well everyone really!
As if that wasn’t reason enough for Granny, Mr Mom or the local Rugby team to rush out and buy one; it comes with a choice of two petrol or two diesel engines including some with the option of automatic gearboxes.
Prices start at around £14,000 in the UK and €12,800 in Spain, but can nearly double if you want all the bells and whistles. However, with four trim levels that all include cruise control, air conditioning, electric windows all round and a trip computer, you won’t have to spend a fortune to stand out in your urban jungle.