Small SUVs are all the rage in Europe, a relatively new segment that is best typified for Americans by the Nissan Juke. For the European market, many manufacturers have found that the best and easiest way to compete in this segment is just to take an existing successful hatchback and make it taller. This has worked especially well for French manufacturers, but that shouldn’t come as a surprise, as the French have ruled the European hatchback market for years. And at the top of the segment is the Renault Captur, a taller version of the Clio, which holds a staggering 32.2 percent of the European B-segment SUV market.

So to celebrate the car’s dominance, Renault has made a special edition, known as the Hypnotic. It is what a special edition should be in this segment – a unique appearance package and a savings on equipment by more being offered as standard. Things like a bit more power are always great to see, but it would cost a lot more that way, and it isn’t really what would sell cars in this segment anyway. The special touches are well executed, but then it was a well executed vehicle to begin with.

Continue reading to learn more about the Renault Captur Hypnotic Limited-Edition.

  • 2016 Renault Captur Hypnotic Limited-Edition
  • Year:
    2016
  • Make:
  • Model:
  • Engine:
    inline-4
  • Transmission:
    five-speed manual
  • Horsepower @ RPM:
    90
  • Torque @ RPM:
    100
  • Displacement:
    0.9 L
  • 0-60 time:
    9 sec. (Est.)
  • Top Speed:
    125 mph (Est.)
  • Price:
    € 21200
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Exterior

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This is a segment where manufacturers tend to make comparatively bold styling choices, and the Captur has certainly benefited from a few of those. Renault has also recognized that this segment attracts a lot of young people, and young people like customization options, so both inside and out, the Captur offers more choices for the vehicle’s appearance that you would normally expect to find. But this is somewhat less true of the Hypnotic, since the special paint color (a shade of brown predictably called “Cappuccino”) is the signature part of the package.

The two tone paint scheme is actually a normal thing for the Captur, but here it is the special color. The lower part of the body is available in beige, gray, black, and ivory. You do have the option of having the roof in black on the Hypnotic, but then you have to go with the brown for the lower body. There are even special wheels for the Hypnotic, which is a nice touch, these are the same design as the regular alloys that come with the Captur, but here they have brown accents. You don’t see that many brown cars these days, but it looks quite good on the Hypnotic – almost to the point of wondering why we don’t see more of it.

Interior

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By now you’ve no doubt figured out that the brown color scheme is continued on the inside of the Hypnotic. Much of the leather and Alcantara interior is still black, like the non-special edition versions of the car, but a generous helping of brown is mixed in, and even the chrome accents are tinted brown. The center stack is still dominated by a piano black console that houses the R-Link Evolution infotainment system, which is normally an option, but included as standard with the Hypnotic. There is also a reverse camera, Premium Pack pedals and gear lever, heated front seats, and floor mats embroidered with Hypnotic badging. Renault says that the Hypnotic package will save you €1,150 ($1,290) versus optioning up to this equipment level from the regular Intens trim that the Hypnotic is based on.

Drivetrain

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The Captur is not a performance machine, and the engine choices don’t offer up much in the way of excitement. Three different engines are available in the Captur, and all of them are available with the Hypnotic. These include a 0.9-liter gasoline engine making 90 horsepower, a 1.2-liter gasoline engine making 116 horsepower and a 1.5-liter diesel making 90 horsepower. These engines get good fuel economy, with the diesel boasting a combined 76 mpg, although it is worth mentioning that the European test cycle is almost comically optimistic at times. Even if it did have more power, the suspension isn’t setup to handle particularly well at high speeds, but it does offer a comfortable ride, and that’s really why you’d buy this vehicle.

Safety

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The Captur does quite well in the safety department, out performing a number of more expensive machines. It has a five-star Euro NCAP safety rating for its extremely good crash test performance. The downside is that there is no adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, or any of the other electronic driver’s aides. They aren’t even offered as an option. This is probably keeping the cost of the car down, but they are popular features that Renault should maybe consider.

Prices

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Depending on which engine you want in your Captur, the Hypnotic starts and at anywhere from €21,200 ($23,857) to €24,900 ($28,020). That’s a couple thousand more than it would cost to have the same engine in a regular Captur with the Intens trim level, but the equipment that comes standard with the Hypnotic really will save you some money, and if you have your heart set on the Cappuccino paint, it’s only available with the Hypnotic. It won’t be for everyone, but the Captor’s already good value for money is why it’s such a strong seller in the first place.

Competition

Nissan Juke

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The Captor’s biggest competitor, the Juke is also one of the only vehicles in this popular European segment to also make it to North America. The Juke also offers a good value for money in terms of the equipment, and is nearly exactly the same size as the Renault. In many ways, the choice between these two vehicles is a very difficult one, but if you’re looking for a performance version of a B-segment SUV, the Juke Nismo RS is definitely the way to go.

Read more about the Nissan Juke here.

Peugeot 2008

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Peugeot took basically the same approach to making the 2008 as Renault took to making the Captur. The 2008 is based on the small 208 hatchback, Peugeot just jacked it up a bit and added another 0 to the name. And just like the Renault, it works out well. The 2008 offers a superb interior and good mileage from its diesel engine. It might not look quite as stylish as the Captur, but the more conventional body does mean that it offers more interior space than its competitors, always an important thing in any size SUV.

Read more about the Peugeot 2008 here.

Conclusion

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The Captur may have only existed since 2013, but this is not the first special edition that Renault have offered. It’s not even the only special edition that Renault is currently offering for the car. It’s easy to see that Renault has some practice with special editions, and the Hypnotic is a very good example of this. It offers just the sort of thing that is likely to entice buyers in this segment. It’s not a vehicle that will have the performance enthusiasts fantasizing about it, but for such a relentlessly practical vehicle, Renault does a very good job of making it hip and interesting. And for the record, I like the brown and don’t care who knows it.

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    • Low on power
    • Mushy suspension
    • No driver’s aides

Press Release

There has been no let-up in the popularity enjoyed by the Renault Captur in France where sales of the model since the beginning of 2015 have exceeded 44,000 units. As the number one seller in the urban SUV segment, it is benefiting from a buoyant market that is up 36.1 percent over 2014.

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To build on this success, Renault has extended the model’s range in France with the addition of the new limited-edition Captur Hypnotic.
The livery of this chic, elegant version is founded on the exclusive new Cappuccino Brown finish which forms the basis for a number of two-tone colour schemes. At the same time, the cabin has been upgraded with the availability of mixed leather and Alcantara upholstery, plus heated front seats.
The high-tech package of the limited-edition Captur Hypnotic features the Techno Pack which incorporates the R-Link Evolution multimedia system and a reversing camera.
Order books for the limited-edition Captur Hypnotic opened across Renault’s French sales network.

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With sales of the model in France surpassing 44,000 units since the beginning of 2015, the Captur continues to ride a wave of popular success. Despite the increasingly competitive nature of the B-segment SUV market, the Captur still stands out as the number one European seller with a segment share of 32.2 percent.

Based on the model’s Intens equipment level, the limited-edition Captur Hypnotic comes with a number of exclusive personalisation and exterior/interior trim details:

17-inch Cappuccino diamond-effect alloy wheels (black diamond-effect wheels optionally available at no extra charge),
New exclusive Cappuccino Brown body colour,
Hypnotic badging,
Mixed smoke grey leather and black Alcantara upholstery,
Splendour-tinted chrome interior trim details,
Two-tone smoke grey and black dashboard and door panels,
Anodised smoke grey window switches and door handles,
Smoke grey centre armrest.

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The limited-edition Captur Hypnotic boasts a selection of other travelling comfort-enhancing equipment, such as heated front seats, mixed leather and Alcantara upholstery and technologies such as the R-Link Evolution multimedia system and a reversing camera which make up the Techno Pack.

The limited-edition Captur Hypnotic = Captur Intens equipment level, plus:

Two-tone Ivoire / Cappuccino Brown (roof) colour scheme,
Techno Pack (R-Link Evolution multimedia system and reversing camera),
Premium Pack (aluminium pedal set and gear lever, electro-chrome rear view mirror, LED ceiling light and sun visors with lit vanity mirrors),
Leather and Alcantara upholstery,
Heated front seats,
Cappuccino-tinted chrome interior trim details,
Two-tone smoke grey and black dashboard and door panels,
Premium front and rear carpet mats with embroidered Hypnotic badging and front sill guards,
Anodised smoke grey window switches and door handles,
17-inch Cappuccino diamond-effect Explore alloy wheels,
Hypnotic badging.

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The limited-edition Captur Hypnotic’s equipment package represents a saving to the customer of €1,150.

Like the rest of the model’s line-up, the limited-edition Captur Hypnotic can be personalised. The standard version comes with a two-tone Ivory finish and Cappuccino Brown roof. However, the car can also be ordered with a Cappuccino Brown roof combined with Cendré Beige, Cassiopé Grey or Étoilé Black, or with a Cappuccino Brown body colour and Étoilé Black roof.

In order to address the broad variety of customer needs, the limited-edition Captur Hypnotic is available with all the engines that figure in the model’s catalogue.

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