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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

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The first-generation Captur was one of the cheapest crossovers to run and the latest version picks up where the old one left off. Diesel engines may no longer be offered, but these have been replaced by an efficient hybrid engine. There was even a plug-in hybrid version briefly offered with an all-electric driving range of around 30 miles, but this is no longer the case. The entry-level petrol and the regular hybrid are still thrifty, as well as cheaper to buy, however.

Renault Captur MPG & CO2

The Captur costs around £2,000 more than the equivalent Clio and its petrol engine returns fuel-efficiency figures upwards of 47mpg. Its CO2 emissions are also on a par with rivals, with the TCe 90 producing CO2 emissions of 131-134g/km. 

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The diesels could return nearly 60mpg and boasted lower CO2 figures, but the hybrid is very nearly as efficient and is even less polluting. It achieves up to between 58.9mpg and 60.1mpg and produces between 106-107g/km of CO2 emissions, and will qualify for the slightly discounted VED (Road Tax) rate for alternative fuel vehicles.

The Captur plug-in hybrid was previously available, and had an 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.

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The plug-in hybrid Captur E-Tech was also the most expensive to buy, starting from just over £31,000, but also offered 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. 

Insurance groups

Because the lineup is a lot simpler than before, the Captur sits in just one of three groups. Entry-level TCe 90 cars sit in group 12 out of 50, meaning they’re not terribly expensive to insure. The E-Tech Hybrid starts from group 19 in Evolution trim, while the E-Tech engineered version sits in group 20.

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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Charlie writes and edits news, review and advice articles for Carbuyer, as well as publishing content to its social media platforms. He has also been a regular contributor to its sister titles Auto Express, DrivingElectric and evo. As well as being consumed by everything automotive, Charlie is a speaker of five languages and once lived in Chile, Siberia and the Czech Republic, returning to the UK to write about his life-long passion: cars.

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