Renault Captur E-Tech PHEV Review

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Price: £30,495 - £30,995


Renault’s best seller goes plug-in with a clever hybrid powertrain. It works well if you don’t want to go full electric, but is pricey. 

Score

6/10

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  • Battery size: 9.8 kWh
  • Company car tax: 11%
  • Emissions: 34 g/km
  • Range: 30 miles
  • Fuel economy: 190 MPG
  • Renault Captur E Tech
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Driven and reviewed by Electrifying.com・ Published: 2/09/2020・Updated: 14/09/2022

Ginny Says

“Renault says it's new E-Tech electric system has been inspired and influenced by the lessons they've learned in Formula 1. It seems to be more about efficiency than performance though, which might be no bad thing on a car like this. The bigger Megane seems to make better use of the E-Tech though, as it gets even more out of a charge. It's better to drive too.”

Nicki Says

“I've always liked the way the Captur seems to mix the best bits of a small SUV with the practicality of a mini MPV. They've always seemed decent value too, once you see the finance deals on offer. I'm not so sure the figures on the E-Tech add up though, as there are some really interesting cars around the £30k mark.”

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Renault Captur E Tech

The Captur’s battery is relatively small for a PHEV, but it has a decent electric-only range. Charging from a wallbox takes 3-4 hours. 

  • Range:30 miles
  • Battery:9.8kWh
  • Charging: 3 pin:6 hours
  • Charging: home wallbox (3.6kW):4 hours
  • Charging: Rapid (50kW):N/A

Range 

It might not have the biggest battery but Renault has managed to stretch its range to an impressive 30 miles. If you drive carefully it means you could do the average British commute without having to use the petrol engine at all. It would also allow you to drive into a zero emission zone in a city on electric only power, after using the petrol motor on the way in to the area. 

Battery 

The Captur’s 9.8kWh battery is neatly stashed under the rear seats, keeping the centre of gravity low and also ensuring that the Captur’s practicality isn’t compromised. It’s made by Korean company LG and Renault is confident that it won’t experience any of the supply shortage problems which are proving a bottle neck for some electric car makers. 

Charging

Charging the Captur from zero to 100 per cent takes approximately three to four hours using a wallbox, which is supplied for free to owners and fitted by bp pulse. It only accepts a feed at 3.6kW though, which is slower than most other PHEV and EVs in this price range. 

Both a domestic charging cable and Type 2 charger cable are provided with the car and there’s a space beneath the boot floor to tidy them away out of sight. The charging port is located on the right-hand side of the car on the opposite side to the fuel filler flap. 

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