Renault Captur E-TECH hybrid interior & comfort
The latest Captur features another great interior from Renault, complete with lots of standard equipment
The Captur 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 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 gearliever, 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
Initially available only in S Edition and E-TECH Launch Edition trims, every Captur hybrid gets that portrait infotainment screen, a reversing camera and 17-inch alloy wheels, as well as cables for home and public charging. The Launch Edition costs around £500 more than the S Edition, bringing larger 18-inch wheels and blue detailing inside and out.
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 Captur's two infotainment screens – a portrait-mounted 9.3-inch affair (above) with 4G internet connectivity, Google search integration, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, plus DAB radio and integration with the MY Renault app. On the whole, the system is logical and easy to use. The infotainment screen can also be used to schedule charging and pre-warming or cooling of the Captur's interior when it's plugged in.
In This Review
- 1VerdictDespite a lack of rivals, Renault thinks there’s a market for a small plug-in hybrid SUV; the Captur E-TECH promises a 32-mile electric range
- 2Range, MPG, CO2 & chargingLow CO2 emissions, great fuel economy and a decent electric range make the Captur hybrid a strong choice
- 3Running costsExpensive to buy compared to other Captur models, the E-TECH hybrid makes most sense for company-car users
- 4Engines, drive & performanceThis is a great car to drive in pure-electric mode, but the Captur's hybrid system lacks a bit of polish
- 5Interior & comfort - currently readingThe latest Captur features another great interior from Renault, complete with lots of standard equipment
- 6Practicality & boot spaceThe Captur hybrid's small boot will be a sticking point for many, but sliding rear seats are a clever touch
- 7Reliability & safetyStrong safety is a given with modern Renault cars and reliability can only improve with this latest Captur