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It's a risk with crossovers such as the new Renault Captur, that by mixing elements of many types of car, you lose the real strengths of any one of them.

The MPV parts come from a high roof and a sliding rear bench (although the car is only marginally bigger than the Clio) while the butch bodykit and jacked-up suspension add an SUV flavour, even though the Captur is two-wheel-drive only.

Engines range from an entry-level 0.9-litre three-cylinder petrol to a super-economical 1.5-litre diesel. Both come with five-speed manual gearbox, while a 1.2 petrol is available with a six-speed auto only.
<br style="padding: 0px; margin: 0px; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; line-height: 17.015625px;"><br style="padding: 0px; margin: 0px; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; line-height: 17.015625px;"><br style="padding: 0px; margin: 0px; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; line-height: 17.015625px;"><strong style="padding: 0px; margin: 0px; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; line-height: 17.015625px;">What's the 2013 Renault Captur like to drive?[/B]<br style="padding: 0px; margin: 0px; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; line-height: 17.015625px;">More hatchback than SUV. Despite the high driving position, the Captur feels fairly squat from the driver's seat and not like a 'soft-roader' at all.<br style="padding: 0px; margin: 0px; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; line-height: 17.015625px;"><br style="padding: 0px; margin: 0px; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; line-height: 17.015625px;">It grips well in corners and while there's plenty of body roll, it's better controlled than the wallowy ride you experience in more off-road-oriented rivals. The steering is good, with light, predictable responses and enough bite mid-corner to instil a sense of confidence.<br style="padding: 0px; margin: 0px; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; line-height: 17.015625px;"><br style="padding: 0px; margin: 0px; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; line-height: 17.015625px;">We tested the 1.5 dCi and auto-only 1.2 TCe, which both delivered perfectly adequate performance for normal use, even up to motorway speeds. However, both can feel strained and wheezy when you want to make more vigorous progress and you'll have to change gear a lot through the 1.5 dCi's notchy manual 'box if you want to overtake anything.<br style="padding: 0px; margin: 0px; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; line-height: 17.015625px;"><br style="padding: 0px; margin: 0px; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; line-height: 17.015625px;"><br style="padding: 0px; margin: 0px; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; line-height: 17.015625px;"><br style="padding: 0px; margin: 0px; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; line-height: 17.015625px;"><br style="padding: 0px; margin: 0px; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; line-height: 17.015625px;">It's also quite refined. The petrol engine is the smoother and quieter of the two we tried, with the diesel suffering from some mechanical vibration through the wheel and pedals. However, both are fairly quiet at motorway speeds ""“ despite some noticeable wind noise.<br style="padding: 0px; margin: 0px; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; line-height: 17.015625px;"><br style="padding: 0px; margin: 0px; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; line-height: 17.015625px;">The biggest problem with the Captur is ride quality. On the standard 17-inch alloys of our high-spec test cars, and regardless of engine choice, the suspension thumped noisily over bigger bumps, giving the Captur a decidedly unsettled feel.<br style="padding: 0px; margin: 0px; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; line-height: 17.015625px;"><br style="padding: 0px; margin: 0px; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; line-height: 17.015625px;"><strong style="padding: 0px; margin: 0px; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; line-height: 17.015625px;">What's the 2013 Renault Captur like inside?[/B]<br style="padding: 0px; margin: 0px; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; line-height: 17.015625px;">Cheerful and comfortable. This is where the Captur will justify the (roughly £1500) premium it costs over the Clio. Brightly coloured plastic highlights surround the air vents and upright centre console, which also houses the user-friendly colour touch-screen if you go for a higher-spec Media Nav model.<br style="padding: 0px; margin: 0px; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; line-height: 17.015625px;"><br style="padding: 0px; margin: 0px; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; line-height: 17.015625px;">There are some cheap-feeling plastics, even on obvious places such as the steering wheel, but in general the cabin looks fun without crossing the line into tacky.<br style="padding: 0px; margin: 0px; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; line-height: 17.015625px;"><br style="padding: 0px; margin: 0px; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; line-height: 17.015625px;">As you'd expect, there's loads of headroom and the high-set seat and steering wheel offer enough adjustment for almost anyone to get comfortable.<br style="padding: 0px; margin: 0px; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; line-height: 17.015625px;"><br style="padding: 0px; margin: 0px; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; line-height: 17.015625px;"><br style="padding: 0px; margin: 0px; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; line-height: 17.015625px;"><br style="padding: 0px; margin: 0px; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; line-height: 17.015625px;">Those on the rear seats will have just as much headroom, but there is a compromise to be made on legroom. With the rear bench slid as far back as it goes, two tall adults will have plenty of space provided those in front aren't equally lofty.<br style="padding: 0px; margin: 0px; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; line-height: 17.015625px;"><br style="padding: 0px; margin: 0px; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; line-height: 17.015625px;">That sliding rear seat is really useful, thanks to a handle on the back of the backrest that allows the bench to be tugged around easily from the boot as well as via a lever under the seat squab. It's a shame that the bench can only be moved as one whole unit, and although the seatbacks fold down flat in a 60/40 split, you'll be left with a big step in the load bay.<br style="padding: 0px; margin: 0px; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; line-height: 17.015625px;"><br style="padding: 0px; margin: 0px; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; line-height: 17.015625px;">At least you shouldn't need to drop them too often, given that the squared-off boot can hold up to 455 litres (aJukecan swallow just 251 litres) with the seats slid forward.<br style="padding: 0px; margin: 0px; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; line-height: 17.015625px;"><br style="padding: 0px; margin: 0px; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; line-height: 17.015625px;">A variable boot floor finishes the Captur's arsenal of useful tricks to make family life a bit easier.<br style="padding: 0px; margin: 0px; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; line-height: 17.015625px;"><br style="padding: 0px; margin: 0px; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; line-height: 17.015625px;"><br style="padding: 0px; margin: 0px; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; line-height: 17.015625px;">Should I buy one?
If you want something a bit quirky, that's not cumbersome to drive or park, but that offers a properly useable interior, the Captur is well worth a look.

Read the full review at What Car?http://www.whatcar.com/car-news/2013-renault-captur-review/265774
 
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