Chad Saaiman drives the Renault Captur for a week

Find out how Chad fits his musical career into the Captur Sunset

As a busy musician and performer, Chad Saaiman is constantly on the go, transporting his equipment from venue to venue.

Chad spent a week with the all-new Renault Captur Sunset and found out just how much easier life was to get around. With practical and spacious features inside, as well as being compact enough to zip around and easily park in awkward spots, Chad had no problem loading up his gig gear.

We caught up with him for one of his drive days and he had a lot to say about his experience with the Renault Captur.

More about the Renault Captur

Chad drove the Renault Captur Sunset, which Renault claims is a vehicle that is all about living every second, savouring every moment and ‘Capturing’ life.

This is the 1.5-litre dCi (66kW Turbo Dynamique) version of the ‘Sunset’, which Renault added to the range earlier this month (August 2016).

The diesel-powered Dynamique is the perfect complement to its three petrol-powered siblings in the range: the Dynamique EDC featuring Renault’s new generation 1.2 litre 88kW EDC Turbo power plant, the Dynamique 66kW Turbo and Expression 66kW Turbo.

An easy-to-drive, multi-functional and -faceted crossover that strikes the ideal balance between design and practicality, Renault Captur’s popularity and performance has resulted in the vehicle consistently maintaining second place in South Africa’s popular and highly contested B-segment small utility vehicle (SUV) crossover category.

As a Clio based crossover, the Renault Captur has the personality of an SUV, the romminess of an MPV and the dynamism of a hatch.


The 1.5dCi turbo diesel is Renault’s most-sold engine worldwide. It boasts significantly reduced fuel consumption and CO² emission levels of up to 35% and is also the power plant behind Renault’s very popular Duster 1.5dCi Dynamique SUV introduced to the SA market in September 2013.

The 1.5 dCi powering Renault Captur’s latest offering underscores these engineering skills and coupled with a manual 5-speed gearbox, this power plant affords unparalleled driving pleasure thanks to its extreme responsiveness in all conditions. Its turbo architecture has a specific and innovative design that simplifies air admission for a higher output.

The high-tech surface treatment of its engine components, Diamond-Like Carbon (DLC) coating on pistons skirts for example, improves engine reliability, reduces friction and results in improved fuel efficiency.

Power and performance 

The 1.5 dCi turbo diesel engine delivers maximum output of 66kW @ 4 000rpm and peak torque of 220Nm @ 1 750 r/min. At 3.6 litres/100km in the combined cycle, fuel efficiency is phenomenal while at 95gm/km, CO² emissions are eco-friendly. Renault Captur 1.5dCi drivers are able to travel greater distances secure in the knowledge that impact on the environment is greatly reduced.

“Borne of the concept car of the same name, Renault Captur stands for an innovative way of thinking about cars,” says Director of Industrial Design, Laurens Can Den Acker.

“Renault Captur will encourage new adventures and new discoveries leaving behind the urban jungle in order to experience love, family, sport and passion.”


NEW Renault Captur 1.5 dCi 66kW Turbo Dynamique (diesel) SUNSET Ltd Edition            R 292 400

(Includes R 2 500 metallic paint)                                                      

NEW Renault Captur 1.5 dCi 66kW Turbo Dynamique (diesel)

R 289 900

  • Renault Captur 88kW Turbo Dynamique EDC (petrol) R 243 900
  • Renault Captur 66kW Turbo Dynamique (petrol)             R 264 900
  • Renault Captur 66kW Turbo Expression (petrol)               R 304 900