The Renault Captur has been unveiled. This is the the latest SUV from Renault and is expected to be positioned in a premium way. It is built on the Duster platform and also shares its drivetrains with the Duster. Another new sub-4 metre SUV in the Indian market is the Tata Nexon, which has recently been launched at a very aggressive price point. We compare these two SUVs, though they are differently positioned, but come with similar crossover genes. Which one is ideal for you? Read further in our Renault Captur vs Tata Nexon Comparison.
The Renault Captur is a global SUV which is being launched in India too. This is a contemporary looking vehicle which doesn’t look like a typical SUV, but more of a crossover. It is built using the Duster platform(M0) but does not look rugged or tough like the Duster. It rather looks more sophisticated, stylish and urban.
The Tata Nexon follows Tata Motors’ new Impact design language. It looks stylish and this new compact SUV looks a lot different from the competition.The Tata Nexon os a radical looking vehicle. It looks more like a crossover. There is a large honeycomb front grille with humanity line. The headlamps are a continuation of the design.
The interiors of the Renault Captur are new as compare to previous Renault cars we have seen. The dashboard layout is modern,but doesnt feel premium as such. It gets a two tone theme (black and white). The touch and feel is pretty average. The instrument cluster is newly designed, funky looking one. The steering wheel is new and has leather wrap. It gets controls same as the Duster, which are for cruise control. There is a stalk behind which houses controls for audio and bluetooth telephony, same as the Duster / Lodgy. It has the same touchscreen system as the Duster and it gets bluetooth, navigation and reverse camera.
The Tata Nexon’s interiors are also all new and have been designed from scratch. The Tata Nexon has a three-spoke steering wheel with controls for audio and voice commands. A new instrument cluster is used on the Nexon and it has twin dials with a driver information system sandwiched in-between. The Nexon will come with features like keyless entry, push start and stop button, a 6.5-inch touchscreen infotainment system with reverse parking camera, maps, aux, bluetooth and USB connectivity. This music system makes through eight Harman speakers.
The Captur is bigger in size as compared to the Nexon, however, the Nexon offers more space at the rear. Both have good space at the front. The Nexon also has more storage spaces than the Captur and is the one that offers more convenience as well. In terms of boot space the Renault Captur has a much bigger boot as compared to the Tata Nexon.
|Features||Renault Captur||Tata Nexon|
|Audio system||6 Speaker||8 Speaker|
|Smart phone integration||No||Yes|
|Rain sensing wipers||Yes||No|
|Push button start||Yes||Yes|
|60:40 rear seat split||No||Yes|
|Multi driving modes||No||Yes|
Both SUVs are quite evenly matched when it comes to features. The Nexon, however, has more user friendly features like 60:40 split seats and more storage options, also a better infotainment system. The Captur additionally gets cruise control, auto headlamps and rain sensing wipers.
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The Renault Captur gets the same engines as the Duster. These are a 1.5-litre petrol engine and a 1.5-litre diesel engine. The diesel engine comes only in a 108bhp state of tune. It is not very punchy to drive, but has linear acceleration. The engines come mated to a six-speed manual transmission. There is no AMT or automatic variant available.
Tata Nexon will be offered with a 1.2-litre turbo petrol engine. The diesel one will be a 1.5-litre one that shall churn out 108bhp of power. These are newly developed engines by Tata Motors and the diesel will come with a six-speed manual transmission. The Nexon will come with three driving modes. An AMT will also be on offer, later. The Nexon will have the most powerful diesel engine on offer.
Tata Nexon diesel is expected to return 14km/l in the city, while on the highway it should be about 18km/l. The petrol should be about 12km/l in the city, while on the highway it should be about 17km/l.
The Captur and the Nexon both offer good ride and handling dynamics and are the among the best in their segments. The Captur is bigger in size and has a higher ground clearance. On the other hand, the Nexon offers better all round visibility. The Nexon also feels more car-like as compared to the Captur and also easier to drive in city conditions. Both cars have good high speed stability, but the Captur feel more planted at high speeds.
The Tata Nexon is priced between ₹ 5.85 lakhs and ₹ 9.30 lakhs (ex-showroom, Delhi). This is am extremely competitive price and the lowest among all SUVs. The Renault Captur prices are yet to be announced, but it will definitely be much higher. This is also because Captur is more than 4 metres in length and is being positioned as a premium SUV. We expect it to be priced around ₹ 10 lakhs – ₹ 14.5 lakhs (ex-showroom, Delhi).