The terms ‘Renault’ and ‘RS’ have long been popular bedfellows, with the RS badging appearing on the firm’s hottest models.
The current Megane RS, for example, is a 300 hp track weapon that can hit 62mph from a standstill in just 5.7 seconds.
Don’t expect those sorts of thrills with the new Captur R.S. Line, as it still boasts a range of not-too-powerful, frugal, family-friendly engines.
But what you do get is the sporty styling, both inside and out, which should succeed in turning a few heads.
Renault proudly boasts that the front-end features a ‘Formula One-style front blade low down on the more muscular bumper’, finished in contrasting grey and complemented by a honeycomb grille.
There’s standard-fit LED front headlamps with a distinctive C-shaped signature as well as 3D-effect rear lights.
You also get a grey rear air diffuser, extra tinted rear windows, R.S. Line badges on the wing and tailgate, unique chrome side trim details and distinctive 18-inch ‘Le Castellet’ alloy wheels. There’s a double-chromed tailpipe and a contrasting roof, too.
The performance-themed makeover continues inside the cabin. You’ll find aluminium door sills, red stitching and red stripe details on the seats as well as a perforated leather steering wheel with striking red and grey stitching.
The interior also features uprated, extra slim air vents and a carbon finish on the dashboard as well as a black roof lining. Shiny aluminium pedals and a frameless rear-view mirror complete an overhaul that’s very easy on the eye.
Meanwhile the R.S. Line also has a generous amount of equipment as standard, including a 9.3 inch infotainment touchscreen, a handsfree keycard with keyless entry and start, front and rear parking sensors with reversing camera, an auto-dimming rear-view mirror, automatic air conditioning, automatic lights and wipers, a sliding rear bench, modular boot floor and MULTI-SENSE driving modes with eight ambient lighting colours.
That’s a whole lot of kit, with the price tag starting at £23,800.
The R.S Line should also prove exceptionally safe, too, with Lane Departure Warning, Lane Keep Assist, Active Emergency Braking System and Traffic Sign Recognition all fitted as standard.
Powertrain-wise, the most sprightly is the 1.3 litre TCe 140 petrol engine, which has power of 140 hp and will get you from 0-62mph in 9.2 seconds.
Meanwhile the E-Tech Plug-in Hybrid will return an incredible 188 miles to the gallon while also being able to travel 34 miles using electricity alone. That’s an important fact if you’re looking at the Captur R.S. Line as a company car, as you’ll pay just 11% Benefit in Kind (BIK) rate for the year 2021-22.
Joining the R.S. Line is another new trim level - the slightly less exciting ‘SE Limited’ range, which has more subtle exterior design elements as well as new alloy wheels and a contrasting roof.
A Renault spokesperson says:
“Similar to the striking R.S. Line versions of the popular Clio and Mégane, the Captur R.S. Line offers dynamic design inside and out, bringing a more athletic edge and more choice than ever to Captur customers looking to blend greater kerb appeal with the Captur’s attractive characteristics of practicality, efficiency, superior quality and technology.
The Captur SE Limited has been introduced bridging the gap between Play and Iconic trims, with an enhanced level of specification featuring unique exterior design elements delivering added appeal for customers, bolstered by the latest connectivity technology.”
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