Magazine article Management Today

MT Stuff: Motor Mouth - Renault Captur dCi 90

Magazine article Management Today

MT Stuff: Motor Mouth - Renault Captur dCi 90

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While this crossover has a name fit for a ferocious dinosaur, it moves about as fast as a tectonic plate, says Sathnam Sanghera.

If this wasn't a motoring slot but something more general instead and, in the process of reading, you came across the word 'captur', what do you think it would signify? A kind of dinosaur? An agricultural implement? An oversight by a subeditor?

It's a strange name. But the car it is plastered on is even more odd Renault describes the Captur as its 'first supermini crossover - a stylish, innovative, fun-to-drive and keenly priced car that combines MPV versatility with SUV looks and family-hatchback refinement, ride and handling'. Some might say it would be better described as 'confused'.

The Captur is the size of a small car, and yet offers the high-set driving position of a 4x4. From certain angles, it looks like a van, from others, somehow, like a kind of motorbike. And the mixed signals continue once you're behind the wheel. The jazzy dashboard and the TomTom satnav, which rather grimly informs you of the number of incidents there have been on your stretch of road when you start up, combine to suggest performance. But the only way you'd get the Captur to move at a significant velocity is if you drove it off a cliff.

At one point, going at 50 mph on a steep section of a motorway, I floored the Captur and timed how long it took to get to the national speed limit. A minute and a half later, it still hadn't hit 70 mph. So anaemic was the performance that when I got back home, I checked my documentation to make sure I hadn't been sent the 1. …

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