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First Impression: Renault Clio GT Line and Renault Captur

POSTED BY Vishal Bhaskaran ON 03 December 2015

By Vishal Bhaskaran

Renault’s smallest vehicular pair impress on economy run

Here are two pretty eye-catching silver diamond-sporting cars, the Renault Clio and its vertically endowed twin, the Renault Captur. The Clio you see here is the GT Line, essentially an aesthetic package over garden variety Clios.

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As two of the more accessible cars in Renault’s lineup, price-wise, it stands to reason that buyers of these cars want not just initial costs to be low but running costs as well.

Instead of our usual first impressions which are a text-heavy treatment of the different activities of an event, here are the key features of both cars that stood out the most on our media drive to Port Dickson and back.

Fuel consumption:

One leg of the journey towards Port Dickson was marked out to be a competition of fuel efficiency among media teams. The best numbers for both the Clio GT Line and Captur were 4.9L/100km, a figure more impressive for the Captur as that is 0.5L/100km better than the claimed figure of 5.4L/100km.

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We should also tell you that both CBT Online and sister publication BHAuto were in separate teams tied for first in the Captur efficiency competition. Moving on.

The 1.2-litre delivers then, good enough for the city and kind to the wallet. Be warned though, the power band doesn’t last very long and both seem to run out of steam above highway speeds; keep things civil and save your thrills for corners which both cars do fairly well.

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Isofix seat mounts:

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Both the Captur and Clio GT Line come with Isofix child seat mounts — fast becoming more available than not in the industry and we couldn’t be happier. The headline for these two however are seatbelt notifications on the instrument panel even for the rear.

Design:

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Head-turner may be too strong a word, but the uniqueness of the Clio GT Line and Captur — the latter especially — definitely lean more towards the likeable and, dare we say it, cute end of the looks spectrum.

That new Renault grille treatment in particular is a positive, although on the Clio they feed into headlights a little too large for such a small car.

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As for colours, there isn’t a bad choice for either car, the Captur receiving two-tone schemes.

Seat covers (Captur):

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Now here’s a lifestyle vehicle that walks the talk. The seat covers on the Captur are zip-removable for easy washing should your active lifestyle bring a mess into the car.

Even the boot floor can be flipped to reveal a hard surface perfect for wet or muddy clothing.

Seating position (Clio GT Line)

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You sit snug and low in the front two seats of the Clio, a great shared effect of having the likes of the Clio R.S. 200 in the same model range.

Verdict

Both cars are good efforts by the brand, and of course decidedly different to everything else you can get for the same dough. If technical issues are your worry when going down this French path, both come with five-year manufacturer’s warranty.

If it’s resale value, that’s a story for another day. What we feel, having driven both, is that you should do so too to figure out whether this is the kind of spice you want in your daily automotive life.

Specifications of the Renault Captur and Renault Clio GT Line:

Engine: 1.2-litre turbo TCe

Transmission: EDC dual-clutch six-speed automatic with manual override

Max Power: 120 hp at 4,900rpm

Max Torque: 190 Nm from 2,000rpm

Fuel Consumption (combined): 5.2L/100km (Clio GT Line), 5.4L/100km (Captur)

Safety features: ABS with BA, Isofix child seat mounts, driver seat belt reminder, ESC with ASR, four airbags including side airbags with thoracic and head protection

Price: RM118,000 OTR w/o insurance (Clio GT Line), RM123,000 OTR w/o insurance (Captur)

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