Renault Captur E-TECH Plug-In Hybrid running costs, insurance, warranty & tax
Expensive to buy compared to other Captur models, the E-TECH plug-in hybrid makes most sense for company-car users
|Insurance group||Warranty||Service interval||Annual company-car tax cost (20%/40%)|
|21||5yrs/100,000 miles||1yr/18,000 miles||From £788/£1,576|
If your daily round-trip commute is less than 30 miles and you can charge at the end of each day, you’ll be able to run the Renault Captur hybrid almost entirely on electricity. Topping up the car's batteries from a home wallbox will take around three hours; easily achievable on an overnight off-peak electricity tariff.
The plug-in Captur will be of great interest to company-car drivers, thanks to its low Benefit-in-Kind (BiK) tax rating 12%. Compare that with a like-for-like petrol Captur and the savings are tangible. The Captur E-TECH also benefits from a £10 annual road-tax discount. The financial case will be harder to justify for private buyers – you’ll need to do a lot of electric miles in your Captur plug-in hybrid to recoup the difference in list price compared to a non-hybrid Captur.
Furthermore, if your driving habits allow you to make the most of the Captur’s zero-emissions range, then it’s worth considering whether one of the Renault’s pure-electric rivals might make more sense. The Peugeot e-2008 and Hyundai Kona Electric both offer a range of around 200 miles, as well as even lower running costs.
Renault Captur E-TECH Plug-In Hybrid insurance group
The plug-in hybrid Captur is likely to be more expensive to insure than some of its lower-spec petrol and diesel counterparts: ratings for the standard car range from group 8 to group 21 depending on specification, with most occupying the mid-teens groupings. The E-TECH sits in group 21, even in mid-range Techno trim.
All Renault cars come with a competitive five-year warranty, with unlimited mileage in the first year and then a total cap of 100,000 miles thereafter. It's not quite as comprehensive as that offered by Kia or Hyundai, but still more than adequate for the average three-year finance deal.
Renault recommends an 'A' service every 12 months or 18,000 miles, whichever comes first, followed by a more expensive 'B' service every 24 months or 18,000 miles – again, whichever comes first.
Low CO2 emissions have greater benefits for company-car users, but there are still some savings to be made for private buyers. The Captur plug-in hybrid boasts emissions of between 33 and 36g/km, which equates to free first-year road tax. Thereafter you'll pay £155 a year – the reduced flat rate for all 'alternatively fuelled' cars.
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 & insurance - currently readingExpensive 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 & comfortThe 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