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Renault Captur SUV - MPG, running costs & CO2

The Renault Captur remains a thrifty choice and the plug-in hybrid offers low emissions

Carbuyer Rating

4.3 out of 5

MPG, running costs & CO2 Rating

4.5 out of 5

The first-generation Captur was one of the cheapest crossovers to run and the latest version picks up where the old one left off. There’s even a plug-in hybrid version with an all-electric driving range of around 30 miles, but the petrols and the regular hybrid are still thrifty, as well as cheaper to buy.

Renault Captur MPG & CO2

The Captur costs around £2,000 more than the equivalent Clio and its petrol engines return fuel-efficiency figures upwards of 47mpg. Its CO2 emissions are also on a par with rivals, with all TCe petrol engines producing CO2 emissions of 131-136g/km. The diesels could return nearly 60mpg and boasted lower CO2 figures, but the hybrid is very nearly as efficient and is even less polluting.

Buyers of the Captur plug-in hybrid will be happy with its official economy figure of up to 217mpg and just 33g/km of CO2, plus up to 31 miles of electric driving on a full charge Every petrol Captur costs the standard yearly rate in VED (road tax), with the hybrids liable for the discounted rate.

The Captur E-Tech plug-in hybrid is the most expensive to buy, starting from just over £31,000, but also offers the lowest running costs, particularly for company-car drivers. Its 9.8kWh battery needs charging from your home supply or a public fast charger, but, during the cold weather of our winter testing, its range shrank to more like 20 miles, which was a little disappointing. 

Its efficiency figures mean the E-Tech PHEV slots into a lower Benefit-in-Kind (BiK) band than other Capturs for business drivers. It's worth mentioning that the economy figure you achieve will vary depending on how often you charge the battery pack and the type of driving you do.

The Captur E-Tech also comes with a free home wallbox installation at the time of writing, saving buyers around £800, but it's worth checking with the dealership that this offer is still available. A full charge using a 3.7kW wallbox takes around three hours, but this increases to just over four hours using a three-pin plug.

Insurance groups

Insurance groups for the Renault Captur start at a low group eight for the TCe 100 in Limited, Iconic and SE Edition trim. The dCI 95 diesel sits in group 11, with the more powerful petrol engines sitting in groups 14-16 depending on the trim level and your choice of gearbox. The Captur E-TECH hybrid sits in group 15. Rivals such as the SEAT Arona have ratings from around eight to just below group 20 out of 50. With small engines and lots of safety features, the Captur should be affordable for most drivers to insure.

Warranty

Renault offers a standard five-year/100,000-mile warranty in the UK, which also includes three years/60,000 miles of roadside assistance. This is an improvement over the three-year warranty offered with the previous Captur and competes with Toyota and Hyundai's five years of cover. It's also more appealing than the three years of cover for the Peugeot 2008 and Skoda Kamiq.

Servicing

Renault owners told us servicing was affordable in our Driver Power survey, largely thanks to discounted servicing plans. Called ‘EasyLife Packs’ these bundle maintenance into set periods for a fixed inflation-proof price.

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