Renault Captur E-TECH hybrid costs, insurance, warranty & tax
Expensive to buy compared to other Captur models, the E-TECH hybrid makes most sense for company-car users
|Insurance group||Warranty||Service interval||2021/22 company-car tax cost (20%/40%)|
|15||5yrs / 100,000 miles||1yr / 18,000 miles||From £685 / £1,370|
If your daily round-trip commute is less than 30 miles (a largely realistic range estimate, in our experience) 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 of just 10%. Compare that with a like-for-like TCe 155 Auto EDC Captur (31% BiK) and the savings are tangible. The Captur E-TECH also benefits from a £10 road-tax discount, as well as exemption from the London Congestion Charge until October 2021.
The financial case will be harder to justify for private buyers. A top-spec Renault Captur TCe 155 in S Edition trim costs £25,295 – representing a saving of more than £5,000 on a similarly specified hybrid. The equally capable TCe 100 engine (with a manual gearbox) is cheaper still. Either way, you’ll need to do a lot of electric miles in your Captur plug-in hybrid to recoup the difference.
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 – especially when you take the government’s plug-in car grant (PiCG) into account. The Peugeot e-2008 starts from £29,065, while a Hyundai Kona Electric costs from £30,150. Both offer a range of around 200 miles, as well as even more attractive running costs.
Renault Captur E-TECH 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 15 regardless of which trim level you go for.
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 £145 a year – the reduced flat rate for all 'alternatively fuelled' cars.
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 costs & insurance - currently readingExpensive to buy compared to other Captur models, the E-TECH hybrid makes most sense for company-car users
- 4Performance, engine & driveThis is a great car to drive in pure-electric mode, but the Captur's 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, seating & practicalityThe Captur hybrid'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