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The Renault Captur wants to offer SUV advantages – without imposing the disadvantages. The test shows whether this works.

Renault Capture.

There are advantages of SUVs that can hardly be dismissed out of hand and are definitely welcome in everyday life: the car does not bottom out on steep driveways, you enjoy a better overview – and getting in and out is much more comfortable, especially for older people.

If you want to enjoy the advantages of the SUV but want to avoid the disadvantages, such as the larger dimensions, high fuel consumption or higher maintenance costs, you usually go for a compact "crossover" – a cross between a car and an SUV. The range is diverse, almost every manufacturer now has a model to offer.

The Renault Captur is now in its second generation. It shares the technical basis with the compact Clio and integrates the typical SUV advantages. This feels quite comfortable in everyday life.

Getting in is easier than in the flatter Clio, the seating position is just as perfect – complemented by a slightly better overview. Of course, this makes the Captur more cumbersome, less agile and handy than a Clio. But that's not a real disadvantage, it's more of a changed character. Because in return, the crossover also offers more suspension comfort thanks to higher ground clearance, which is particularly welcome on bad roads.

SUV of reason-reason

Renault Capture

Also welcome in everyday life is the trunk, which is 18 centimeters shorter than the Clio; it holds 422 to 1275 liters in the Captur.

In terms of price, the Captur with the same engine (petrol, 100 hp from CHF 19,500) is just CHF 100 higher than the Clio. So if you want to exchange a little more space and driving comfort for a pinch of handiness, you don't have to accept a large surcharge. The test car with a 1.4-liter engine and 155 hp costs from 30,400 francs, but then comes with extensive equipment including an automatic transmission. That's quite a fair offer. The only thing you have to do without with the crossover is all-wheel drive. This in turn should have a positive effect on consumption. Renault quotes an average of 6.6 l/100 km. In the test it was 6.9 l/100 km. If you like it more economical, you can also get the Captur with a plug-in hybrid drive.

SUV of reason-reason

Renault Capture

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