Renault Captur E-TECH plug-in hybrid interior, dashboard & comfort
The latest Captur features another great interior from Renault, complete with lots of standard equipment
The Captur plug-in hybrid's interior is a highlight of the car. The 9.3-inch portrait touchscreen looks great and comes with both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto for seamless smartphone integration. The 10-inch digital dials are simple yet effective, while the chunky digital climate controls are easy to operate on the fly.
Fit and finish, on the whole, is fantastic and superior to many cars in the class above. The only thing we don’t like about the Captur’s interior is the flimsy-feeling gearlever, which almost bounces back in your hand when putting the car into drive. This springy action comes with an audible vibration, which doesn’t tally with the rest of the Captur’s high-quality cabin.
Renault Captur E-TECH plug-in hybrid dashboard
The dashboard looks great and is a huge step forward over the previous Captur's: there's not much to dislike about the interior overall. Taking inspiration from the latest Clio, the Captur's dashboard features a high-set gearlever, three large controls for ventilation and a large central touchscreen that's well placed.
A phone charging tray comes as standard on both Captur E-TECH trim levels; it sits below a pair of USB inputs and the obligatory auxiliary port. A row of switches for regularly used functions sits below the screen, while steering-wheel-mounted buttons are provided for cruise control and audio control.
Equipment, options & accessories
The Captur E-TECH plug-in is available in Evolution, Techno and R.S. Line trim levels. All get that portrait infotainment screen, a reversing camera and 17-inch alloys, as well as cables for home and public charging. The R.S. Line includes 18-inch alloy wheels, sportier exterior styling, and red interior accents and stitching.
Highlights from the options list include metallic paint and contrasting roof colours, a 10-inch digital driver's display (standard on the Launch Edition) and the Luxury Pack, which is limited to S Edition cars and brings black leather upholstery, heated front seats and a heated steering wheel.
Infotainment, apps & sat nav
All plug-in hybrid Captur models get the larger of the car's two infotainment screens – a portrait-mounted 9.3-inch affair with internet connectivity, Google search integration, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, plus DAB and integration with the My Renault app. On the whole, the system is logical and easy to use. The screen can also be used to schedule charging and pre-warming or cooling of the interior when the car is plugged in.
In This Review
- 1VerdictThe Renault Captur E-TECH is a small plug-in hybrid SUV that promises a 32-mile electric range – but does it do enough to stand out in an increasingly crowded class?
- 2Range, MPG, CO2 & chargingLow CO2 emissions, great fuel economy and a decent electric range make the Captur plug-in hybrid a strong choice
- 3Running costs & insuranceExpensive to buy compared to other Captur models, the E-TECH plug-in hybrid makes most sense for company-car users
- 4Performance, top speed & engineIt's a great car to drive in pure-electric mode, but the Captur E-TECH's plug-in hybrid system lacks a bit of polish
- 5Interior, dashboard & comfort - currently readingThe latest Captur features another great interior from Renault, complete with lots of standard equipment
- 6Boot space & seatingThe Captur plug-in's small boot will be a sticking point for many, but sliding rear seats are a clever touch
- 7Reliability & safety ratingStrong safety is a given with modern Renault cars and reliability can only improve with this latest Captur