Renault Captur is a Favourite
April 23, 2014: Captur 2nd best SUV/Off-Road and 9th overall in its debut year Scenic/Grand Scenic – 2nd best MPV Clio makes significant progress, with fourth-generation model ranking 6th best supermini out of 50
The results are in, and yet again Renault’s award-winning model range continues to gain momentum in Auto Express’ Driver Power survey. Last year, the Scenic line-up rose to fourth overall, as well as best MPV. In 2014, the French marque has gone not one better, but two, with three of its new models, including the new Clio and Captur, all posting impressive results.
Among the Renault highlights, are its new compact crossover Captur going straight into ninth overall in only its debut year, Scenic once again finishing on the podium in the MPV category and the new Clio climbing to sixth best supermini out of over 50 competitors, again, on its first appearance in the survey.
Several years ago, Renault’s Chairman and CEO, Carlos Ghosn, announced that quality would immediately become the company’s number one priority in terms of both product and customer service, with the launch of the ‘Renault Commitment 2009’ plan.
Fast forward a little closer to the present day and the independent results of Renault’s drive for even greater quality and desirability continue to show the French marque overtaking many of its competitors.
Out of 206 cars covered in this year’s comprehensive survey, its stylish and versatile new compact crossover, Captur, went straight into 2nd place for Off Road/SUV on its debut, ahead of rivals such as the Peugeot 2008, Vauxhall Mokka and MINI Countryman. It also went straight into the top ten overall, coming in ninth with an impressive score of over 90 per cent, with owners raving about its reliability, ride quality and running costs.
The new Clio impressed too. Posting an impressive sixth place result in the hotly contested 50-car supermini category, again, owners were impressed especially by low running costs. In the process, it overtook the Audi A1, Ford Fiesta and Peugeot 208, as well as putting considerable distance between itself and the VW Polo some 13 places behind, and over 20 places higher than MINI’s Hatch.
Proving that it has staying power, as well as undeniable practicality, the Scenic range took to the podium once more in the MPV class, narrowly pipped to the post, crossing the line in second. Like the year before, its practicality and ride came out on top.
Renault’s own internal data has shown that its models consistently outperform most brands, including the so-called premium set, who are historically perceived by the public to have greater reliability. What is even more satisfying for Renault with these latest endorsements is that it covers off more than purely a car’s durability in terms of its overall appeal. Ten areas in fact, ranging from reliability, running costs and practicality to in-car tech and ride quality, among others.