Renault Captur 2023 review: RS Line – Disappointed by Mercedes, Juke or Arkana? get ready

This largely depends on what you value in a vehicle.

The Captur II range has four levels, starting with the basic Life starting at $31,300, followed by the Zen starting at $33,300, the luxury Intens starting at $38,300 and the sporty RS Line, as tested, starting at $40,800. All prices quoted here are before road costs, unless otherwise stated.

The bad news is that among most of its direct competitors, the RS Line seems unnecessarily expensive.

Cheaper direct rivals with a similar sporty bent include the Kia Stonic GT-Line (starting at just $30,490), Toyota Yaris Cross Urban (starting at $32,990), Ford Puma ST-Line V (starting at $35,890), Mazda CX-3 Akari FWD ( from $37,190) and Skoda Kamiq Monte Carlo (from $37,590), while even the all-wheel drive (AWD) options of the Yaris Cross (yes, the hybrid too) and the CX-3 are still below the Renault.

In defense of the Captur, with a high-output turbo engine, it offers more power and/or more torque than anything that came before it.

But so do some substantially larger small SUVs that haven’t broken the $40,000 barrier yet, like the speedy turbocharged Hyundai Kona N-Line and Kia Seltos Sport+ AWD, Mazda CX-30 G25 Touring SP, Mazda MX-30 G20e Touring Vision and Citroën C4 Shine. The Citroen seems like an eye-catching bargain, actually, handily beating the related Peugeot 2008 GT (now starting at $43,397). Perhaps Emmanuel Macron, now less upset with Australia, turned the other cheek in that case.

Being an RS line, it also gains contrasting stitching on the part cloth and part leatherette (vinyl-like) seat upholstery, dark gray trim with soft-touch material on the dash and door panels , red trim on the dashboard, chrome door sills.  (Image: Byron Mathioudakis) Being an RS line, it also gains contrasting stitching on the part cloth and part leatherette (vinyl-like) seat upholstery, dark gray trim with soft-touch material on the dash and door panels , red trim on the dashboard, chrome door sills. (Image: Byron Mathioudakis)

So is the Renault included in the first round? No, because the Captur is one of those rare cars that manages to justify its premium price with tangible benefits, made apparent by exposure.

We’ll talk more about that later, but taken together, the Renault could put more expensive but less well-equipped base equivalents to shame like the Lexus UX200 Luxury (from $44,445), Mini Countryman Cooper Classic (from $45,000), Audi Q2 35 TFSI (starting at $45,200), BMW X1 sDrive18i (starting at $47,900), and Mercedes-Benz GLA 200 (starting at $60,688).

It’s also at least a relief to hear that the RS Line has just about everything you’d expect from a high-priced small SUV.

    LED headlights/daytime running lights.  (Image: Byron Mathioudakis) LED headlights/daytime running lights. (Image: Byron Mathioudakis)

On the safety front, this means Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB) with pedestrian and cyclist detection, Forward Collision Warning System with Safe Distance Warning, Lane Departure Warning, Lane Keep Assist, Blind Spot Warning , Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Traffic Sign Recognition, Adaptive Cruise Control with Stop/Go, Surround View Camera, Front/Side/Rear Parking Sensors, Hill Start Assist, LED Headlights/Daytime Running Lights and tire pressure monitors.

Other goodies include a 9.3-inch portrait touchscreen, DAB+ digital radio as part of a six-speaker premium audio system, wireless smartphone charger, four USB charging ports and two 12V outlets, multi-display digital instrumentation, satellite navigation, keyless entry/start, distance locking, auto high beams, auto park, auto folding mirrors, multi-option ambient interior lighting, sliding front center armrest console with storage, rear seat air vents, seats sliding rear seats, heated steering wheel and rear seat privacy glass.

Other advantages include a 9.3-inch vertical touch screen.  (Image: Image: Byron Mathioudakis) Other advantages include a 9.3-inch vertical touch screen. (Image: Image: Byron Mathioudakis)

These are in addition to air conditioning with climate control, paddle shifters, Bluetooth telephony and streaming audio, Apple CarPlay/Android Auto, automatic headlamps and wipers on/off, electric parking brake with automatic hold, automatic electric windows up/ down in all directions and illuminated sun visor mirrors.

Being an RS line, it also gains contrasting stitching on the part cloth and part leatherette (vinyl-like) seat upholstery, dark gray accents with soft-touch material on the dash and door panels. , red dash accents, chrome door sills, alloy pedals, RS badging, gray body molding, dual chrome exhaust tips, a unique front bumper, and 18-inch alloy wheels with a temporary spare wheel .

Strangely, while the $2,500 cheaper Intens model includes heated front seats and lumbar support in the driver’s seat, the RS line doesn’t. Also, no Captur has the front cross-traffic alert, intersection braking, or front center airbag technology that some newer (post-2020) rivals have.

However, in general, the RS line meets the specifications.

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