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21 Renault Captur 1.6 E-TECH PHEV 160 Launch Edition 5dr Auto

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Featured specification

Standard specification

Driver Convenience

10" TFT Driver information displayBlind spot warning
eCall emergency call systemEco mode
EV button to activate pure modeGear change indicator
Lane departure warning systemLane keep assist
Multisense with 3 driving modes + 8 ambient lighting coloursRenault automatic emergency assist
Smartphone integration compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android AutoTraffic sign recognition
Trip computerVariable assistance power steering
Wireless Mobile Phone Charger 

Engine/Drivetrain/Suspension

6.5m 3 pin socket charging cable6m Type 2 mode 3 charging cable

Entertainment

EasyLink multimedia system, scheduled charging, heating and air conditioningEasyLink Nav 9.3" portrait touchscreen, bluetooth, DAB radio,USB ports,compatible with Apple carplay/Android auto

Exterior Features

Auto dimming rear view mirrorAutomatic front wipers with rain sensors
Automatic headlightsAutomatic high beam - AHB
Black side door protection with chrome effectBlue and copper touches on front bumper, front wing and C pillar
Body colour door handlesBody coloured bumpers
Body coloured door mirrorsC Shaped front and rear lighting signatures with 3D effect on the rear lights
Chrome around front air deflectors, on front wing deco element and window liningE-TECH badge on B pillar and tailgate
Electric front windows + one touch + anti-pinchElectric rear windows
Electrically adjustable and heated door mirrorsExtra tinted glass in rear windows and tailgate
Front grille with chrome upperFull LED headlights
Grey front and rear skid plateLED front fog lights
LED rear fog lightLongitudinal roof bars
Rear wiperShark fin antenna
Variable speed on front windscreen wipers 

Interior Features

12V Accessory socket3 rear headrests
60/40 split and fixed base rear seat benchAutomatic climate control with one touch demist function
Centre console storage trayE-TECH badge on central console
E-TECH floor matsE-TECH illuminated door sills
E-Tech launch edition cloth upholsteryFlying console with e-shifter
Front head restraintsGlovebox
Heating system with pollen filterHeight adjustable driver's seat
Height adjustable passenger seatHeight/reach adjust steering wheel
ISOFIX child seat fixing points on rear outermost seatsLeather steering wheel
LED front roof lightsMiddle console with armrest and storage
Rear air ventsSliding centre console box
Sliding rear benchSpecific white central console, dashboard and arm rest with blue touches

Passive Safety

3 rear seatbeltsABS+EBA
AEBSB Brake Mode - One pedal driving with increased regenerative braking
Distance warning alertDriver and front passenger, side, head and curtain airbags
Driver height adjustable seat beltElectric parking brake with auto hold function
Electronic stability controlFront and rear no seatbelt warning sound
Front driver and passenger side airbag deactivationHill start assist
Rear door and window child locking function for rear doorTyre pressure warning light

Security

Anti drill door locks and locking fuel capDeadlocking system
Hands free keycard with push button and start/stop functionRAID (Renault Anti-Intruder Device) automatic door locking
Remote central locking with thatcham approved immobiliser 

Trim

Black soft touch dashboard with black gloss air vent surrounds 

Wheels

18" Pasadena diamond cut alloy wheels with grey insertsTyre inflation kit
The vehicle information above was correct at time of manufacture. Please speak to the dealership for full current specification.

Technical specification

Electric Vehicle Data

Battery Capacity in kWh9.8Battery Charge Slow kW3.7
Battery Charge Slow Percentage0-100Battery Charge Slow Time (Minutes)180
Battery TypeLithium-ionCoupler/Connector TypeType 2
Standard manufacturers Battery warranty - Mileage100000Standard manufacturers Battery warranty - Years8
WLTP - AER (km) - City57WLTP - AER (km) - City - Max57
WLTP - AER (km) - City - Min57WLTP - AER (km) - Comb48
WLTP - AER (km) - Comb - Max45WLTP - AER (km) - Comb - Min50
WLTP - AER (miles) - City35.4WLTP - AER (miles) - City - Max35.4
WLTP - AER (miles) - City - Min35.4WLTP - AER (miles) - Comb30
WLTP - AER (miles) - Comb - Max28WLTP - AER (miles) - Comb - Min31
WLTP - Equivalent AER (km) - City63WLTP - Equivalent AER (km) - City - Max58
WLTP - Equivalent AER (km) - City - Min63WLTP - Equivalent AER (km) - Comb52
WLTP - Equivalent AER (km) - Comb - Max47WLTP - Equivalent AER (km) - Comb - Min52
WLTP - Equivalent AER (miles) - City39WLTP - Equivalent AER (miles) - City - Max36
WLTP - Equivalent AER (miles) - City - Min39WLTP - Equivalent AER (miles) - Comb32
WLTP - Equivalent AER (miles) - Comb - Max29WLTP - Equivalent AER (miles) - Comb - Min32

Emissions - ICE

Standard Euro EmissionsEURO 6 

Emissions - PHEV

WLTP - CO2 Weighted (g/km) - Comb36WLTP - CO2 Weighted (g/km) - Comb - Max36
WLTP - CO2 Weighted (g/km) - Comb - Min36 

Engine and Drive Train

CamshaftDOHCCatalytic ConvertorTrue
CC1598Cylinder LayoutIN-LINE
Cylinders4Cylinders - Bore (mm)78
Cylinders - Stroke (mm)83.6Engine CodeHR16DEGen3h
Engine LayoutFRONT TRANSVERSEFuel DeliveryMULTI POINT FUEL INJECTION
Gears6 SPEEDNumber of Valves16
TransmissionAUTO 

Fuel Consumption - PHEV

WLTP - FC Weighted (l/100km) - Comb1.6WLTP - FC Weighted (l/100km) - Comb - Max1.6
WLTP - FC Weighted (l/100km) - Comb - Min1.5WLTP - FC Weighted (mpg) - Comb176.6
WLTP - FC Weighted (mpg) - Comb - Max176.6WLTP - FC Weighted (mpg) - Comb - Min188.3

General

Alternative Fuel QualifyingTrueBadge Engine CC1.6
Badge Power160Based On ID92964
Coin DescriptionE-TECH PHEV 160Coin SeriesLaunch Edition
Generation Mark2Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 0715E
NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %96NCAP Child Occupant Protection %83
NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 095NCAP Pedestrian Protection %75
NCAP Safety Assist %74Special EditionTrue
Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage100000Standard manufacturers warranty - Years5
Vehicle Homologation ClassM1 

Performance

0 to 62 mph (secs)10.1Engine Power - BHP160
Engine Power - KW118Engine Power - PSTrue
Engine Torque - LBS.FT106Engine Torque - MKG14.7
Engine Torque - NM144Engine Torque - RPM3200
Top Speed107 

Test Cycles

Emissions Test CycleWLTPRDE Certification LevelRDE 2

Tyres

Alloys?TrueTyre Size Front215/55 R18
Tyre Size Rear215/55 R18Tyre Size SpareTYRE REPAIR KIT
Wheel StyleE-TECH PASADENAWheel Type18" ALLOY

Vehicle Dimensions

Height1576Height (including roof rails)1585
Length4227Wheelbase2639
Width1797Width (including mirrors)2003

Weight and Capacities

Gross Vehicle Weight2060Luggage Capacity (Seats Down)1118
Luggage Capacity (Seats Up)261Max. Loading Weight496
Max. Towing Weight - Braked750Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked650
Minimum Kerbweight1564No. of Seats5
Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb11.1
The vehicle information above was correct at time of manufacture. Please speak to the dealership for full current specification.

Independent review

Review courtesy of Car and Driving

Renault Captur E-TECH Plug-in Hybrid

Renault's Captur brings PHEV plug-in tech affordably to the compact SUV segment. Jonathan Crouch takes a look.

Ten Second Review

Renault has been a market leader in delivering Plug-in hybrid technology in smaller cars - models like this one, the Captur E-TECH Plug-in Hybrid 160. This compact crossover offers a 31 mile electric driving range and super-low Benefit-in-Kind taxation exposure, both things common in this class and highly valued by potential customers. Here though, it's all presented with a combination of family friendly flexibility - the sliding rear bench for instance - and a bit of Gallic pizzaz courtesy of the available opportunities for bodywork and cabin customisation. Which all creates a car that's worth a second look.

Background

Slowly but surely, Plug-in Hybrid technology is beginning to get more affordable amongst family cars - and the list of choices available is gradually widening. If you want this kind of tech when the time next comes to swap your car or your lease, then here's one of the most affordable ways to get it - Renault's Captur E-TECH Plug-in Hybrid 160, the PHEV version of our market's favourite Renault model. There are actually two Captur E-TECH hybrid models. The other is a more affordable variant you can't plug in, the E-TECH Hybrid 140, which uses the same powertrain fitted to petrol/electric versions of the Clio supermini and might actually be a better bet for quite a few customers perusing what's on offer here. Our focus in this test though, is on this Plug-in Captur 160 model, which thanks to its much larger 9.8kWh battery can offer the commuting distance all-electric driving range that its self-charging E-TECH showroom stablemate lacks. And, thanks to that, the kind of super-low CO2 reading that in turn, delivers a super-low Benefit-in-Kind tax liability.

Driving Experience

This plug-in Captur always pulls away on full-battery power. What then happens once you get going depends on how much charge there is in the battery and which of the various driving modes you've selected. There are three, 'Pure' (which engages all-electric drive) joined by 'Sport' (which is engine-only) and 'My Sense' (which is a hybrid setting engineered to use both power sources most efficiently). If, when in town for instance, you want the car locked into battery-only drive, then you'll activate this 'EV' button on the fascia. Otherwise, the hybrid 'MySense' drive mode will be your most flexible everyday setting choice, one that'll see the engine occasionally cutting in and out to help the battery until the electric range - WLTP-rated at 31 miles - is used up and full-time combustion power becomes necessary. The combustion unit in question is of 1.6-litres in size, which is paired with a 49kW electric motor and a smaller integrated starter-generator, which together draw their energy from a 7.5 kWh lithium-ion battery housed beneath the rear passenger seat and generate a combined output of 160hp. The gearbox is an auto of course (but of the more unusual 'dog box' clutchless variety) and it offers an extra 'B' mode which maximises regenerative braking - to the point where you hardly ever have to use the actual brake pedal. Whatever your chosen transmission setting, nearly all the time when you're either off-throttle or slowing the car down, restorative energy is being fed back into the battery. Much of it is then used to aid acceleration, but if you want all of it to be saved for battery-only town travel when you'll most need it, then an 'E-SAVE' setting's available to allow for that. Inevitably, all of this clever tech carries quite a weight penalty (nearly 400kgs), which has an effect on both ride quality and cornering body control. But unless you go throwing the car about, you'll probably be quite happy at the dynamic balance Renault has achieved here.

Design and Build

There's very little to identify this E-TECH Captur model apart from its more conventional stablemates. It looks pretty smart because you have to have, at minimum, plush 'S Edition' trim, which gets you 17-inch Bahamas diamond cut alloy wheels and full C-shape LED front signature lighting for the daytime running lamps. In MK2 form, this car is 110mm longer, 20mm wider and fractionally taller than before. At the rear, there's a smart set of C-shaped LED tail-lamps. Inside, it's a bit easier to identify this E-TECH variant's plug-in origins. There's a provided 'EV' button to activate the 'PURE' mode that'll give you 100% electric drive (provided the battery's charged). And various EV-specific screen read-outs. This PHEV gets the brand's 10-inch TFT Driver information display digital instrument binnacle screen too. And there's a portrait-style centre infotainment touchscreen display that's 9.3-inches in size and is of course smartphone 'Apple CarPlay'/'Android Auto'-compatible. The fascia also features a floating centre console that increases storage space. A couple of adults can be reasonably comfortably accommodated in the rear, which retains the normal Captur model's sliding rear bench. But cargo capacity is quite affected by the plug-in powertrain; with the sliding seat pushed right back, think in terms of 265-litres of boot capacity, extendable to 1,118-litres with the rear bench folded.

Market and Model

From launch, there was a choice of two Captur E-TECH trim levels - 'S Edition' and 'Launch Edition'; think in terms of pricing in the £30,000-£31,000 bracket - which is similar to the sum being asked for rivals like PHEV versions of Kia's XCeed and Niro. Rivals like PHEV versions of Jeep's Renegade and MINI's Countryman look comparably priced too, but when specced to a comparable level as a Captur S Edition would cost several thousand more. A premium badged plug-in compact SUV like PHEV versions of the Mercedes GLA, the Volvo XC40 and the BMW X1 would cost £6,000-£8,000 more. Bear in mind though, that the self-charging HEV '145' hybrid version of the Captur prices from just £24,500 though. Standard kit on the PHEV includes what Renault calls its 'Smart Cockpit', a key component of which is the 9.3-inch centre multimedia screen, the biggest ever on a Renault model. This vertical and subtly curved tablet visually enlarges the dashboard and lends the cabin a more contemporary feel. Turned towards the driver, this screen, with its EASY LINK connected system, comprises all the multimedia, navigation and infotainment features as well as the car's MULTI-SENSE driving settings. Renault is offering 11 exterior colours and four contrasting roof finishes, which mean there are 90 different configurations for buyers to choose from. 'S Edition' trim gets you 17-inch Bahamas diamond cut alloy wheels, upholstery with part-synthetic leather trim, a wireless phone charger and a 10-inch TFT Driver information display screen in the instrument binnacle. There's also ambient lighting, a reversing camera, front and rear parking sensors, auto high beam headlamps and an auto-dipping rear view mirror.

Cost of Ownership

We've already mentioned the 31 mile WLTP-rated all-electric driving range of this model: that rises to around 40 miles on the urban cycle. You can select an additional 'B' mode via the auto gearstick to increase regenerative braking energy harvesting. Like all PHEVs, this one can offer three-figure combined cycle economy (up to 188.3mpg) and a super-low CO2 emissions figure - in this case 34g/km. Which in turn will mean a far lower BiK tax rating (10%) than the one which would apply to a conventional petrol or diesel Captur. Enough to justify this PHEV model's price premium? That'll depend on your tax situation. Your first year VED payment will be £0. Charging time via a Type 2 (mode 3) cable is 3 hours - or 4 hours 15 mins from a domestic socket. The E-TECH system's two electric motors are key to its efficiency. The first handles energy harvesting during braking and deceleration. The second serves as a starter to get the combustion-powered engine running and also supports Renault's innovative transmission system, developed from the brand's F1 racing experience. With no clutch, it handles the distribution of torque from different motors to the front wheels and optimizes energy output when changing gears. As for the warranty, that's good for up to four years or 100,000 miles. Years one and two are unlimited mileage. The PHEV system's battery has a separate 8 year/100,000 mile warranty.

Summary

As you'd expect from a brand that's been selling electrified vehicles for over a decade, Renault is well advanced with this technology and that shows with cars like this Captur E-TECH. It's one of twelve different hybrid-engined models the brand has developed and might well prove to be the most popular PHEV car the company makes. There's no range anxiety, no curious styling, no confusing battery lease sums to grapple with. Just most of the advantages you'll want from electrified technology with few of the drawbacks you don't. It's not all rosy of course; there's quite a price premium to pay over a conventional petrol or diesel-engined Captur variant. And there'll be a few small practicality compromises to make. But if you can cope with that, then for the right kind of buyer, this right now might arguably be the most sensible compact SUV on the market.

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Comfort
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Styling
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Build
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Equipment
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Economy
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Depreciation
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Insurance
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Personal contract purchase

Monthly payment£399
Deposit£999
Term (months)48
Fixed interest rate3.56%
Cash price£25,998
Credit amount£24,999
Completion fee£1
Guaranteed future value£11,264
Total amount payable£31,416
Contract mileage32,000
Excess mileage charge8.0p per mile
Representative APR6.9%
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** Depending on the age of the vehicle, MPG and CO2 may be quoted using either NEDC or WLTP testing standards.  Find out more

Figures are provided for comparison purposes. Fuel consumption under real world driving conditions and the CO2 produced will depend upon a number of factors, including any accessories fitted after registration, variations in driving styles, weather conditions and vehicle load.