What should I be paying?
Such is the car industry, the Captur’s model range is ever changing. As it stands in autumn 2021, the range opens up with the £20,000 SE Edition, with both pure petrol engines available but neither of the hybrids.
Impressively, it gets all-LED lights front and rear, Android Auto/Apple CarPlay (so you can dodge the flaws of the not-so-EasyLink touchscreen), it’ll keep you in your lane, tell you off if you drift out of it, and read road signs as you romp along. There’s also cruise control and rear parking sensors plus alloy wheels. All versions come with a black roof. Your only standard, no-cost colour is the dark Boston Blue. If you fancy the jazzy Irn Bru orange or kola cube red hues (our names, not theirs) then they’re a £700 extra.
A few hundred quid up from the SE Edition, you unlock the mid-spec Iconic. This is where Renault thinks most buyers will alight. It adds automatic air con, tinted windows and a different alloy wheel design, while opening up the chance to buy the regular, 145bhp hybrid, prices for which start at £24,500.
Top of the tree is either S Edition or faux-sporty R.S. Line, which add the bigger but not better touchscreen, a pleasingly sharp 7-inch digital instrument display, front parking sensors and a back-up camera, plus leatherette trim. The whole engine range is available here, with the plug-in hybrid kicking off at a whisker over £31,000.
Should I go for that?
The bitter pill to swallow is that it’s around £5,000 more than the equivalently specced plain hybrid. Ouch. Renault claims 188.3mpg and 34g/km on the WLTP cycle, but then this is a PHEV so that’s a brilliantly unsensible answer. In real-world driving it’ll depend how regularly you make trips that are longer than 30 miles. We’d be tempted to stick with the standard, non plug-in hybrid, or slum it in the lowliest engine Captur possible for light weight and max economy.
Lease prices start at around £229 for the petrol model and £400 for the PHEV on a three-year agreement with a six-month initial payment, but as we write, you do get an £800 wallbox thrown in with every PHEV model free of charge. A full charge takes three hours, so if you’re travelling under 30 miles every day and can charge overnight, then it’s feasible to undercut the greater monthly cost in fuel bill saving, but otherwise, it’s a big financial leap.
Company car drivers also pay a benefit-in-kind rate of just 10 per cent for the PHEV, less than half the price of 140bhp petrol in S Edition trim, while all models come with Renault’s standard five-year warranty, and the PHEV an extra three years for the battery.