Johannesburg - Renault’s facelifted Captur has arrived in South Africa sporting mildly updated styling inside and out and a few pricing and specification tweaks, chief among them being a new base model that’s quite a lot cheaper than before.

The new 0.9T Blaze replaces the previous Expression model, and undercuts it by R20 000, bringing the base price of the range down to R229 900. 

However, it has lost a few nice-to-have features in the process with items like Renault’s MediaNav touchscreen infotainment system, rear park distance control and automatic climate control no longer on the standard features list. 

Not that it’s much consolation but the Blaze does gain auto headlights and in all fairness it still packs more features than you’d expect at this level. These include 16-inch alloy wheels, manual air conditioning, cruise control, audio system with R&Go smartphone pairing via Bluetooth, steering wheel controls, and there’s the obligatory ABS brakes, ESC stability control as well as front and side airbags.

The Dynamique grade continues as before, and apart from offering a wider selection of engines, which we’ll get to shortly, the flagship adds the following items: 17-inch diamond-cut alloys, bi-tone paintwork, MediaNav touch-screen with satnav, automatic climate control, leather steering wheel and rear park distance control.

The engine range continues unchanged, giving buyers three options:

  • 66kW, 135Nm, 0.9-litre, three-cylinder turbopetrol
  • 88kW, 190Nm, 1.2-litre, four-cylinder turbopetrol
  • 66kW, 220Nm, 1.5-litre, four-cylinder turbodiesel

The only change the facelift brings is that the 1.2-litre turbopetrol is now available with a manual gearbox, in addition to the existing EDC dual-clutch transmission.

So what’s new on the design front?

As mentioned, the exterior styling changes are subtle, but the Captur does get new headlights along with a new front bumper incorporating large C-shaped LED daytime running lights, a redesigned upper grille with chromed edging, new skid plates built into the bumpers and a fresh lighting pattern in the taillights.

It’s the same subtle tweak story inside, where things are perked up with new satin chrome trimmings, a redesigned gear lever and some additional storage options.

As before, the Captur comes with a sliding rear seat that allows you to vary the level of boot space on offer, from 377 litres to 455 litres depending on the amount of rear legroom required.

PRICES

0.9T Blaze 66kW/135Nm R229 900
0.9T Dynamique 66kW/135Nm R269 900
1.2T Dynamique 88kW/190Nm R294 900
1.2T Dynamique EDC 88kW/190Nm R309 900
1.5 dCi Dynamique 66kW/220Nm R294 900

 ALTERNATIVES (R200 000 - R300 000)

Ford EcoSport 1.5 Ambiente 82kW/138Nm R252 900
Ford EcoSport 1.0T Trend 92kW/170Nm R280 900
Ford EcoSport 1.5 TDCi Trend 74kW/205Nm R283 900
Fiat 500X 1.6 Pop 81kW/152Nm R279 900
Fiat 500X 1.6 Pop Star 81kW/152Nm R299 900
Haval H2 1.5T City 105kW/202Nm R244 900
Haval H2 1.5T Luxury 105kW/202Nm R274 900
Mazda CX-3 2.0 Active 115kW/204Nm R284 800
Nissan Juke 1.2T Acenta 85kW/190Nm R296 900
Peugeot 2008 1.6 HDi Active 68kW/230Nm R284 900
Peugeot 2008 1.2T Active 81kW/205Nm R299 900
Suzuki Vitara 1.6 GL+ 86kW/151Nm R271 900

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