Plug-in hybrids have always made sense to a lot of people, but they have also always been seriously expensive. Well, that’s starting to change and Renault is leading the charge (if you’ll forgive the pun) on affordable plug-in hybrids with this, the Captur E-Tech plug-in hybrid (usually abbreviated to PHEV).
The Captur E-Tech is one of the first of the non-premium compact SUVs to get plug-in hybrid technology, but is it going to be a hard one for the rest of the class to beat?
Pros: Looks great, enough electric range to do most commutes, nice interior.
Cons: Powertrain can feel a little busy.
What’s under the skin?
Rather a lot, to be fair. A 9.8kWh lithium-ion battery powers an electric motor, which drives the Captur’s front wheels and delivers an official pure-electric range of 30 miles. A naturally-aspirated 1.6-litre petrol engine keeps you going after that, which is really all you need to know.