Renault hopes to seize a chunk of the British market with the latest generation of its funky compact Sports Utility Vehicle.
The latest Captur SUV arrives here early in the new year, but I had an early inspection at this month’s Frankfurt Motor Show.
To emphasise its credentials for customisation and family activities, the brightly coloured Captur was on an open-air stand surrounded by a host of possible ‘press-out’ sporty accessories including bicycles, surfboards, skateboards, guitars, luggage, roller skates and scooters.
Options galore: The new Renault Captur, which arrives here early in the new year, has scope for making it personal
This dynamic newcomer is 11 cm longer than the outgoing model, with 17 mm more legroom in the back, a boot that’s 81 litres bigger, plus 27 litres of cubby-hole storage.
Its interior now has high-grade materials, such as soft coverings for the dashboard and door panels.
A ‘smart cockpit’ bristles with technology — a 7 in digital-dial instrument screen sits behind the steering wheel and there’s a 7 in dashboard screen for ‘infotainment’ and satnav. Up front are two USB sockets, with rear passengers getting a 12 v socket.
The new Captur is 11 cm longer than the outgoing model, with 17 mm more legroom in the back, a boot that’s 81 litres bigger, plus 27 litres of cubby-hole storage
The car is also Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatible.
There’s huge potential for customisation with 11 body colours including Atacama Orange, Flame Red and Iron Blue, four contrasting roof colours and three external customisation packs available at launch, giving up to 90 possible combinations.
It can also be fitted with roof bars or a semi-glazed opening sunroof.
The flexible rear bench can slide forward and back by up to 16cm to maximise either legroom or boot space and folds down in a split pattern to create a near-flat 1.57m floor.
The flexible rear bench can slide forward and back by up to 16cm to maximise either legroom or boot space
Engine options are yet to be finalised, but expect a 1.3 litre turbo four-cylinder petrol (either 130 hp or 155 hp) and a 1.0 litre 100 hp three-cylinder petrol.
Diesel options may include an improved 1.5 litre Blue dCi with 95 hp and six-speed manual, and a 115 hp version, either manual or seven-speed automatic.
A hybrid will follow. Prices for the range start at £16,000.
Routemaster just keeps on rolling
If you loved Cliff Richard in Summer Holiday, the Seventies children’s TV series Here Come The Double Deckers, or just fancy riding ‘up top’, this could be for you.
The original London Routemaster — not the updated versions introduced by Boris Johnson when Mayor of London — is rightly world famous.
And it continues to thrive. The bus pictured above dates from 1967 and spent 37 years on the streets of the capital, after which it was snapped up by the Vintage Bus Company, based in Sevenoaks, Kent.
It recently had an overhaul and is in fine working order, proving popular for transporting guests at weddings or other events.
A uniformed driver will be in charge and you can decorate the bus pretty much as you please. It seats 72 — and there’s no need to bring along your Oyster card.
Prices start from £400. Book at thevintagebus company.co.uk or call 01732 469 800.
BMW tees off with a new 1 Series
The new BMW 1 series is available with front-wheel or all-wheel drive, it promises more space, power and efficiency and is on sale now from £24,430
Golf fans at the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth last weekend had an early peek at the new 1 Series four-door hatchback, now on sale from £24,430.
Available in front-wheel or all-wheel drive, it promises more space, power and efficiency, as well as an array of driver assistant systems including head-up display.
Deliveries of this rival to the VW Golf, Audi A3 and Mercedes-Benz A-Class start from the end of the month.
Volvo’s best if you’re on the pull
Volvo’s happy campers have clinched a hat-trick of awards as their XC40 SUV has been named Towcar of the Year 2020 by the Caravan and Motorhome Club.
‘Effortless’: Volvo’s XC40 SUV has been named Towcar of the Year 2020 by the Caravan and Motorhome Club
The XC40 D4 (which can tow up to 2.1 tons) also won best performance in the 1,400kg to 1,500kg caravan weight category, with the V60 D4 winning the 1,500kg to 1,700kg category.
Judges tested 36 vehicles at the Millbrook proving ground in Bedfordshire and said the XC40’s performance was ‘effortless’.
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