Finding Bombay Within Mumbai With The Renault Captur Petrol

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What’s in a name? A lot if you believe our politicians. But if a place where you were born, suddenly decides to call itself by another name one day, it comes across as a weird surprise. It’s like a third person forcibly trying to dictate terms for a special, private bond that you share with a friend. Behaviour often described as “Chalti mein chadhna” in Bambaiya lingo. The invasion aside, I thought of visiting an old friend, whose deserted streets and blinking amber lights once lit up the dreams of my formative years. And to revisit Bombay within Mumbai, accompanying me was the Renault Captur Petrol.

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Renault Captur Petrol

Like any other city in India, driving around during day time in Bombay is a chore. Even for someone who loves cars. But once the sun goes down and the traffic parks itself, the true magic of this place is visible and felt in a profound manner. Renault sent us a car so fresh, even the plastic on its red and blue contrast stitched fabric seats was intact. A Good thing, because the fragrance of a factory fresh car helped while driving through sections where the city’s bloat gets offloaded into the sea.

Renault Captur Petrol Fascia

I started to trace the veins of my old friend, from north to south. Getting out of the narrow lanes outside my house, the Captur Petrol’s steering felt heavy at first, but with time, I started to appreciate how it wasn’t lifeless. While piloting this Red and white thing, I also could notice how it dealt with the broken roads all over the city in a solid manner. And it had to do that almost all night, for our town planners thought that it’ll be a great idea if we work on a Metro system for the financial capital of this country, only once it’s down on its knees, almost begging for one.

Renault Captur Petrol rear right

Upon reaching Bandra, I noticed that with time, this city had become quite fond of Europe. A billboard for a swanky apartment project called Paris stood in front of the Captur, which is definitely more French than the structure. Even the ‘Chaiwala’ I bought a brew filled plastic glass from, liked how the Captur’s new Radiant Red and white roof shined under the LED streetlights and reflected on the steel kettle perched on his bicycle. Me being his only customer at that time, he could afford to share his appreciation for the design in the best he way could. His words, “Bhaari dikhta hai bhaay. Ek number.”

Renault Captur Petrol Windscreen View

Post that, it was time to meet the city’s new poster boy and drive towards a gate built to commemorate the landing of British Royalty on their visit to India in 1911. The Bandra Worli Sea Link is a modern marvel which I witnessed being built at a pace slower than a snail, string after string. Driving the Captur on its well-paved roads, the Captur felt composed and very European. The petrol engine’s 106 Horses and 142 Nm felt adequate at part throttle, as I cruised and the motor ticked away in a refined manner.

Renault Captur Petrol Radiant Red

I tried to gain some speed and mashed the pedal to figure out that although low-end power delivery is good, building fast momentum takes time. Also, the engine develops some vocals in its higher rev range, which did call for a few dogs to chase a red car pointlessly. For within town use then, the Captur’s petrol motor scores well on driveability and it’s only on open roads that it comes across as a little lacking in thrust.

Renault Captur Petrol Front LED DRLs

After a few short throws on the 5-speed gearbox and some light work for the left foot, I parked again next to the Gateway Of India (Thankfully not renamed until now) and began to appreciate its storied existence, accompanied by an equally legendary Star Hotel right next. While sitting under one of the elegantly shaped street lights, I realised this Captur misses out on LED illumination which the Platine trim gets. But this one has uniquely shaped LED DRLs in its bumper alright. No wonder plus-sized businessmen returning home after shutting shop turned their heads inside their fat MPVs to give this thing a second look.

Renault Captur Petrol Side profile

The last stop for the night before the Captur Petrol’s finely designed 17″ wheels rolled home was the State Central Library. If you’ve followed Bollywood, you’d recognise this place as the spot where many characters come out of a court hearing and either get shot or shoot someone. The grandeur of the structure and those iconic steps is still worth experiencing though.

Renault Captur Petrol Mileage

Driving back home on a deserted road, the Captur Petrol turned out to be a good looking, solid companion for the night. It even managed a 10.9 km/l number through the city’s streets. What about Bombay? The Captur’s decent sounding but now dated infotainment system tuned into a radio station which decided to play “Yeh Hai Bombay Meri Jaan”.

Renault Captur Petrol Rear left side profile

Since the time Johnny Walker lip-synced to Mohammad Rafi’s voice, those lyrics still hold true for what this City is all about. A place so mad during the day, yet, tranquil and beautiful, when it’s half awake. It doesn’t sleep, remember? And no matter how many times its name gets changed, for some, there will always be some Bombay still left in Mumbai.

And now if we allow a few images to talk for the car…

Renault Captur Petrol LED tail lights

Tail lights look great when lit

Renault Captur Petrol steering wheel

One of the most feel some steering wheels you can grab out there

Renault Captur Petrol Rear ac vent

Rear passengers get an aircon vent. However, back seat space is adequate at best

Renault Captur Petrol rear power socket

They do get a power socket near the parcel shelf though

Renault Captur Petrol power window switches

Only the driver side window gets AUTO function

Renault Captur Petrol ORVM

Got to love the combination of Radiant Red and White

Renault Captur Petrol MID Screen

Butterfly design for the instrument cluster is unique

Renault Captur Petrol LED interior lighting

Illumination on the inside is all-LED

Renault Captur Petrol Infotainment system

Carplay? No. Android Auto? No.

Renault Captur Petrol LED DRL

More LEDs? Yes!

Renault Captur Petrol glovebox

Bhairon opens to glovebox to find it bhery nairon

Renault Captur Petrol gear lever

5-speed gearbox has short throws. Does feel a little notchy at times

Renault Captur Petrol Front seats

Front seats are comfortable, but the driver sits too tall even in the lowest height setting

Renault Captur Petrol driver side armrest

There’s no storage space under that armrest

Renault Captur Petrol centre console and dashboard

Red treatment for the AC vents looks trendy

Renault Captur Petrol Card Key

The Captur has one of the most unique keys among all cars. It’s a card

Renault Captur Petrol boot space

Boot space at 392 litres is adequate. Backrest tumbles down to release more room

Image Gallery:

Renault Captur Petrol Windscreen View (3)
Renault Captur Petrol Side profile(33)
Renault Captur Petrol Side profile close(34)
Renault Captur Petrol rear right(90)
Renault Captur Petrol Rear left side profile(50)
Renault Captur Petrol rear left low(36)
Renault Captur Petrol rear left (35)
Renault Captur Petrol Mileage(58)
Renault Captur Petrol LED tail lights(13)
Renault Captur Petrol Front left three quarters(26)
Renault Captur Petrol front left (37)
Renault Captur Petrol Fascia(28)
Renault Captur Petrol DRLs(21)
Renault Captur Petrol Contrast roof(31)
Renault Captur Petrol Front LED DRLs(20)
Renault Captur Petrol Windscreen View (3)
Renault Captur Petrol steering wheel(87)
Renault Captur Petrol side profile (11)
Renault Captur Petrol right door pad(68)
Renault Captur Petrol rear power socket(78)
Renault Captur Petrol Rear ac vent(75)
Renault Captur Petrol Radiant Red(48)
Renault Captur Petrol power window switches(69)
Renault Captur Petrol ORVM(74)
Renault Captur Petrol Mileage(58)
Renault Captur Petrol MID Screen(63)
Renault Captur Petrol MID Screen(62)
Renault Captur Petrol MID Screen(61)
Renault Captur Petrol Left door pad(65)
Renault Captur Petrol LED tail lights(13)
Renault Captur Petrol LED interior lighting(67)
Renault Captur Petrol LED DRL(72)
Renault Captur Petrol Infotainment system(60)
Renault Captur Petrol headlight cluster(71)
Renault Captur Petrol glovebox(64)
Renault Captur Petrol gear lever(80)
Renault Captur Petrol Front seats(79)
Renault Captur Petrol Front left LED DRL(38)
Renault Captur Petrol Front LED DRLs(20)
Renault Captur Petrol Engine bay(70)
Renault Captur Petrol DRLs(21)
Renault Captur Petrol driver side armrest(88)
Renault Captur Petrol contrast roof(86)
Renault Captur Petrol centre console and dashboard(76)
Renault Captur Petrol Card Key(81)
Renault Captur Petrol cabin lights(77)
Renault Captur Petrol boot space(85)
Renault Captur Petrol Alloy wheel pattern(73)
Renault Captur Petrol AC vent(66)

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