Renault Captur E-TECH hybrid: prices, specs and on-sale date
Renault has announced a second E-TECH hybrid version of its Captur small family SUV. The non-plug-in 'full hybrid' model joins the already-on-sale plug-in hybrid variant and uses the same drivetrain as the Clio E-TECH hybrid supermini.
The Captur E-TECH plug-in hybrid costs from £30,945 and customer deliveries began in September 2020. Exact pricing and a UK on-sale date for the non-plug-in version have yet to be confirmed, but it's expected to arrive in showrooms in early 2021.
The plug-in hybrid features a 1.6-litre petrol engine, an integrated starter-generator and an electric motor fed by a 9.8kWh battery, with the setup making 158bhp in total. The full hybrid, meanwhile, has the same 138bhp power output as the Clio E-TECH, with a 1.2kWh battery offering a boost of electric power under acceleration and short periods of pure-electric running at low speeds.
The plug-in is capable of up to 30 miles in pure-electric mode, at speeds of up to 83mph, while an advanced regenerative braking system “always retains enough charge to move away and run at low speeds in electric mode”, Renault says. The run from 0-62mph takes 10.1 seconds.
The Captur also has a single-pedal driving mode – similar to the Nissan Leaf’s e-Pedal system – for low-speed traffic, which is designed to maximise efficiency and ease of driving. Another setting can force the car to start in all-electric mode without waking the engine.
Renault claims official fuel economy of 188mpg, while CO2 emissions amount to a company-car-friendly 34g/km. Like all plug-in hybrids, achieving these numbers in real-world conditions will require regular charging of the battery.
A Type 2 charging socket is located on the right-rear side of the car, and cables for three-pin domestic charging and AC fast charging are provided. Renault is offering all retail buyers of the Captur plug-in a free BP Chargemaster home wallbox, which can top up the car in around three hours.
The basic architecture and many of the Captur’s technical features are shared with the latest Clio, and the new platform has allowed the urban SUV to extend 110mm to offer better interior room and comfort.
Renault Captur hybrid interior
Touchscreen technology is the focal point of the Captur’s interior, comprising a 9.3-inch touchscreen on the dashboard and a 10.2-inch digital display behind the steering wheel. These allow drivers to monitor the battery level, charging times and recovery rates for the regenerative braking.
Every Captur has Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, as well as automated software updates and permanent 4G internet connectivity. Wireless charging is also offered, tucked away beneath a ‘floating’ centre console that releases space for a wireless charging pad or extra storage.
Materials in the Captur have been revised to offer more soft-touch finishes and a broad array of colour options that also have matching colour strips in the dash and door panels. E-Tech badging appears on the base of the gear lever, as well as on the tailgate.
Practicality has been boosted thanks to the longer wheelbase and body, with an extra 160mm of legroom in the back. Boot space grows to 536 litres in the standard models; while boot capacity for the Captur plug-in is 379 litres and there's a cable storage compartment under the boot floor.
The Captur E-TECH was initially offered in two trim levels; entry-level S Edition costs £30,495 and includes as standard 17-inch alloys, the 9.3-inch touchscreen, front and rear parking sensors, fabric seat trim, wireless phone charging, full LED lights front and rear, automatic high-beams and a plethora of active safety systems. The optional Luxury Pack adds black heated leather seats and steering wheel.
For £500 more, the Captur E-TECH Launch Edition includes 18-inch wheels, blue and copper exterior detailing on the front bumper, front wing and C-pillar, blue upholstery stitching and a white dashboard insert. A Bose sound system and 360-degree parking camera are optional.
In October 2020, Renault announced the addition of a third trim level – R.S. Line – to the Captur range. These cars get special badging, redesigned front and rear bumpers, exclusive alloy wheels, a black roofline, special upholstery, a steering wheel with red stitching and carbon-style decorations.
Renault has introduced a system called 'Highway and Traffic Jam Companion' on certain Captur models, which is a Level 2 autonomous system that requires constant driver attention. However, it can stop, steer and accelerate during low-speed driving.
There's a high level of safety equipment included across the range, including traffic-sign recognition, cruise control and autonomous emergency braking with pedestrian and cyclist recognition.
Optional equipment includes hands-free parking, lane-keeping assistance and blind-spot monitoring, a 360-degree parking camera and automatic high-beam assist for the standard LED headlights.