Renault Captur E-TECH plug-in hybrid range, MPG, CO2 & charging

Low CO2 emissions, great fuel economy and a decent electric range make the Captur plug-in hybrid a strong choice

Overall rating

3.5 out of 5

Range, MPG, CO2 & charging rating

4.0 out of 5

Fuel economyCO2 emissionsElectric rangeWallbox charge time
178-188mpg34-36g/km29-32 miles3hrs (0-100%, 3.7kW)

As one of the smallest – and therefore lightest – plug-in hybrid cars around, it's not much of a surprise that the Captur E-TECH boasts impressive fuel-economy and CO2 emissions figures. As is always the case with plug-in hybrids, getting close to these claimed figures requires starting off with a fully charged battery.

On paper, the E-TECH is the most efficient car in the Captur range – but it does cost more to buy and insure than the petrol or diesel variants, so real-world savings will depend heavily on how much time you spend using pure-electric power, as well as your total mileage. It's worth doing the sums to figure this out. It's a no-brainer for company-car users, however.

Renault Captur E-TECH plug-in hybrid range, MPG & CO2 emissions

The Captur E-TECH returns a claimed 177 to 188mpg and emits between 34 and 36g/km of CO2 depending on trim level – impressive numbers that may not be entirely achievable in normal everyday driving. However, keep the battery topped up and drive carefully and you should get somewhere close.

A plug-in hybrid makes most sense if you regularly undertake shorter trips, and with its 32-mile range the Captur is on the more usable end of the spectrum. Keep up with charging and you could feasibly not use a drop of fuel if your daily mileage is low. 

Charge time

Renault supplies the Captur plug-in hybrid with a three-pin cable as standard that lets you charge from a normal domestic socket in four hours and 15 minutes. A Type 2 cable is also provided, plus a BP Pulse 7kW wallbox; the Captur's maximum charging speed is 3.7kW, however, so charging time is only cut to three hours.

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