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  • 2021 Renault Captur
    RM 1,114/Month RM 105,289

Key Highlights

Small turbo 1.2L engine, low road tax Funky design, a break from the ordinary Good looking and practical interior
Great handling Rear seats with sliding function High level of features

Overview

Renault Captur 2021 Review

As a brand in Malaysia, Renault has had a bit of an up and down over the years. At one point they were down to pretty much their Renault Sport models – performance hot hatchbacks that proved surprisingly popular and served a burgeoning enthusiast market, but ultimately not translating to sales of their more pedestrian models.

But come 2015, Renault decided to develop and produce something that would come at just the right time: the Captur. The Renault Captur is a compact crossover SUV, and it has been offered locally with a singular powertrain and in a few different trim levels.

Over the years, the move from fully imported to locally assembled was made, and the trim levels were adjusted as was the equipment list. At this point, however, only pre-registered units are available for sale as towards the end of 2020, the second-generation Renault Captur was brought forth in Europe being a rather significant upgrade.

Renault Captur 2021 Specifications

Historically there has been a singular powertrain on offer for the Renault Captur, and this continues until today for the Malaysian market. It packs a compact turbocharged 1.2-litre petrol engine, pushing 118 hp and 190 Nm of torque. This is one of the first mass market Renault models in Malaysia to feature a downsized turbocharged engine instead of a larger naturally aspirated package.

This form of powertrain has its advantages, as Malaysians have learned over the years. Looking beyond displacement, these compact engines have the added benefit of making a lot of torque from low engine speeds. That 190 Nm is available from just 2,000 rpm, meaning that it’s easy to overtake and get off the line quickly from a stop. The power figure is comparable to a 1.5 or 1.6-litre naturally-aspirated petrol engine, but with much better drivability thanks to the turbocharged nature.

Also something that hasn’t changed is the fact that the Renault Captur only delivers its power to the front wheels, though it isn’t alone in this as pretty much every rival and product in this class does the same. This is even something that’s present at more expensive market segments as customers value features and functionality over an outright all-wheel drive system.

The transmission in question is Renault’s EDC – or efficient dual clutch – unit. We first saw this with the Renault Clio RS 200 EDC, and it’s essentially a dry-clutch dual-clutch type automatic transmission. In this guise it packs six forward ratios, driving power exclusively to the front wheels as mentioned earlier.

Dimensionally, the Renault Captur is solid in its position with a wheelbase of 2,606 mm, a length of 4,122 mm, and a width of 1,778 mm. It does also have a marginal ride height advantage over something like a Renault Clio hatchback, which lets it take bumps and undulations a little more readily as well as having a higher hip point for easier entry and egress.

Renault Captur 2021 Exterior

While there are three “variants” of the Renault Captur of sorts, they are fairly flat in terms of their exterior styling. All variants get the C-shaped signatured LED daytime running lights, as well as LED front fog lights. There’s also the same 17-inch two-tone alloy wheel for all variants. Where the top-of-the-range Captur Trophy stands out is with elements like the exclusive Trophy Orange body colour, as well as some styling elements like a front and rear bumper spoiler and a chequered flag decal.

Renault Captur 2021 Interior

The inside of the Renault Captur is a blend between simplicity and style. It’s a very interesting combination, and really the first taste Malaysians would get of French mass market product styling. It’s unfortunate that hard black plastics feature so heavily, but the seat materials and the touch points are comfortable and tactile, with functionality coming in strong. Build quality is reasonable, as is headroom and legroom.

Renault Captur 2021 Safety Features

Regardless of which variant of the Renault Captur you choose from, you get the same safety features and kit. This turns out to be relatively light as the Captur was a model developed and launched in the mid 2010s, meaning that advanced safety features and functionality were still a far cry from this end of the market. You get your usual electronic aids like stability control and traction control, as well as ABS with EBD and brake assist – but beyond this there really isn’t much to shout about.

Renault Captur 2021 Strengths & Weakness

When the Renault Captur was first launched, it had a lot of things going for it. It was coming into a segment that was incredibly fresh, with rivals being pretty much unknown to Malaysians and that in turn gave it a bit of an even playing field to fight against what would usually be the default options. What was surprising is the fact that even as a fresh product, the Renault Captur actually was a competitive proposition.

The standout elements that it had working for it was its quirky stylings – a bit of a more mass market MINI product in a sense – and that translated to a look and feel that was unique and perhaps a little more inspiring than the sombre choices it would be going up against. The turbocharged engine was also a strong point, though perhaps a little ahead of its time.

Ultimately what hurt the Renault Captur’s chances was Renault’s less than stellar presence in Malaysia, as well as the fears surrounding dual clutch transmissions. Even until today, there is a bit of hesitancy when it comes to adopting a dual clutch product as there have been nightmares in the past and no owner really wants to deal with a car that’s constantly in the workshop.

Renault Captur 2021 Price

Bearing in mind that all variants are pre-registered, pricing has changed a little over time. Entry to the Renault Captur range starts at RM 87,300.00 for the base model variant, going up to RM 92,700 for the Captur+. The Captur Trophy takes the price up to RM 93,400.00. These prices are inclusive of current exemptions and everything you need to get the car on the road short of insurance.

Renault Captur 2021 Features

Features are solid through the range of Renault Capturs available to Malaysians. You get keyless entry and start, automatic single-zone climate control, a seven-inch touchscreen head unit with internet connectivity, a four-speaker and two-tweeter sound system, and automatic windscreen wipers. There are some additional items for the Captur+ variant: an additional hands-free power tailgate, a driving video recorder, an armrest, and a trunk entry guard. The hands-free power tailgate is also included for the Captur Trophy, but not the other items. Additional optional items you can add on are limited to mostly solar or security tint films.

Renault Captur 2021 Fuel Consumption

The manufacturer quoted fuel consumption figure for the Renault Captur across all its variants is 5.9 litres per 100 kilometres, which translates to 16.9 kilometres per litre. It is important to note that this is a turbocharged car, meaning that figures can change relatively sharply depending on the way in which you drive. If you accelerate aggressively or maintain higher cruising speeds, you can expect fuel consumption to worsen significantly. 

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Key Details

  • Body Type: SUV
  • Transmission: Automatic
  • Engine Capacity: 1197 cc
  • Fuel Type: petrol
  • Seat Capacity: 5
  • Price: RM 105,289 - RM 110,609

Key Details

  • Body Type: SUV
  • Transmission: Automatic
  • Engine Capacity: 1197 cc
  • Fuel Type: petrol
  • Seat Capacity: 5
  • Price: RM 105,289 - RM 110,609

Reviews

  • Aswan

    08 Mar 2018

    2015 Renault Captur - The Most Entertaining Crossover Yet?

    The Renault Captur's 1.2-litre engine's benefits of forced induction are in fuel economy and a fat torque curve- with maximum torque from just 2,000 rpm, overtaking in city traffic is hardly a problem. The EDC shifts reasonably quickly and smoothly with very few noticeable quirks of the dual clutch system.

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User Review of Renault Captur

4.0 Very Good
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Showing 6 reviews sorted by Latest Year
4 Very Good
Andy
Owner of 2019 Renault Captur

Mini SUV with huge rounder of performance

Captur(e) the unexpected power output from this tiny little things coupled with impressive road handling. - Less
5 person found this helpful
3 Good
RAMZI
Owner of 2019 Renault Captur

Good and Bad

rated fuel consumption is 5.9Ltr/100 Kms, in reality, 9.8Ltr/100 KMs. very difficulty handle the speed at low speed and in heavy traffic as gear shift is erratic, jerky and unpredictable. This seems more of a feature than a bug - Less
9 person found this helpful
5 Excellent
Viknesh
Owner of 2019 Renault Captur

Cruising Near Perfection!

Driving this car is a luxury, albeit nimble the car is smooth and takes on minor bumps and potholes on any road with ease. The car comfortably embraces 5 full grown adults within its cabin and is stylish on the inside and eye catching on the outside, due to its well defined curves and contours. Renault has truly done an amazing job with the Captur, not to mention excellent fuel saving due to the small but efficient 1.2 turbo enjine featured to power up the remarkable vehicle. - Less
9 person found this helpful
5 Excellent
Jerome
Owner of 2018 Renault Captur

If you want a good driving experience

1.2 lit though hp is on the lower side, but this car is very torquey, enjoy driving it very much, small and easy to drive around town, spacious enough to carry 4 adults, stable enough in twisty road, you just has to trust its handling capable. Own almost 3 years car runs perfectly, A once driver side power windows malfunction, call 4s centre immediately they order a new replace without ask to send to inspection. Will defitely consider this car in future if new model Captur is release in MY. - Less
4 person found this helpful
3 Good
Lim
Owner of 2018 Renault Captur

A car for those who wants to be different.

The Renault Captur is a very popular car in other parts of the world. As one of the best selling crossovers in Europe, it is certainly a car to look forward to driving and owning. Or is it? The Captur looks absolutely different from the usual japanese that Malaysians love, it is rather special with it's French flaire of looks. However, don't let looks deceive you as the car is not really as reliable as you would think, hence why Malaysians stay away from the brand. The build quality is not up to par even as the car rattles and vibrates alot even for a car that is only 6months old. The interior of the car is also different, featuring designs that is rather simple and easy to use. With auto-headlights and auto rain-sensing wipers, it is a nice car for new drivers on the road. However for a car company that claims to be modern and futuristic, the car lacks AEB and LED headlights, it doesn't have controllable traction control and ABS. The car has a rather tall ground clearance for anyone crazy enough to take the car off-road. But the high centre of gravity means the car is not stable at high speeds and at turns, but nothing a safety/stable bar cannot fix. The infotainment screen is a measly 6inch unit without Apple Carplay or Android Auto, only a bluetooth connection is available and you cannot modify anything in the system so no favourite apps for you, the worst thing is it crashes at times so not really dependable. All in all for a car with a price tag of RM117,000, a lot of stuff is missing from the car and the build quality could have been so much better. To give it a rating it'll be a sad 5/10. - Less
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