Pricing and specs revealed for new Renault hybrid models

  • Order books open for Clio and Captur E-Tech models
  • Pricing from £19,595 for Clio; £30,495 for Captur
  • Clever hybrid system promises ultra-low running costs

Renault has confirmed full specifications for its two new hybrid models – the Clio and Captur E-Tech versions. The two models are on sale now, and offer an interesting route into hybrid ownership for people who don’t necessarily want a large car.

The Clio’s only rival as a hybrid supermini is the Toyota Yaris, for example, while the Captur Plug-in goes head to head with large SUVs such as the Vauxhall Grandland X Hybrid4 or the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV.

What’s special about Renault’s hybrid system?

The French brand has taken a different approach to any other manufacturer when it comes to incorporating hybrid technology into these two models. Instead of using a continuously variable transmission, Renault’s gone with a Formula 1-inspired clutchless multi-mode gearbox that’s so clever it’s protected by more than 150 patents.

2020 Renault Clio Hybrid - rear three quarter

It’s paired up to a large and a small electric motor which work in tandem to provide – in theory – seamless switchover between the two power sources.

The engine itself is a 1.6-litre petrol engine that will be familiar to owners of the Dacia Duster. Altogether, the system produces 140hp in the Clio and 160hp in the Captur.

How efficient is the Clio E-Tech?

Renault claims the Clio will return 64.2mpg and 98g/km on the combined WLTP cycle. That’s second only to the 1.5-litre diesel in the range in terms of fuel economy, but the hybrid is significantly more powerful and should also prove more efficient in shorter, town-based journeys.

2020 Renault Clio Hybrid - interior

Helping this along is the car’s ability to travel at speeds of up to 38mph in all-electric mode, aiding smooth inner-city travel. In fact, Renault says around 80 per cent of urban journeys are undertaken on battery power alone.

The low CO2 also contributes to a low BIK rate of just 22 per cent for 2020/2021.

What about the Captur?

The Captur’s hybrid system is virtually identical to the Clio’s, but with a larger battery and electric motor allowing for up to 30 miles of all-electric running. In EV mode, it can reach 62mph from rest in 10.1 seconds and go on to a top speed of 84mph, so it’s possible to undertake most daily commutes as a pure EV.

The battery will charge from empty to 100 per cent in around 3 hours using a 7kW wallbox home charger – luckily, Renault’s including one for all retail customers, supplied and fitted by BP Chargemaster.

2020 Renault Captur Hybrid - side profile

The system as a whole puts out 160hp, and under test conditions it returns up to 188.3mpg and 33g/km of CO2 – though obviously these figures are heavily dependent on the type of journey you undertake.

What trim levels are available?

Clio E-Tech models are available across all four of the car’s standard trim levels – Play, Iconic, S Edition and R.S. Line – with a few modifications. All hybrid cars will come with a 7-inch digital dashboard in place of standard dials, in addition to blue detailing inside and out. Grey seat upholstery is unique to E-Tech models too.

The Captur Plug-in can be had as either an S Edition or a Launch Edition model. Both are well specified, with the former bringing 17-inch alloy wheels, 10-inch digital dashboard display, all-round parking sensors and reversing camera, wireless phone charging and a full suite of advanced safety tech.

Launch Edition sits at the top of the range and adds 18-inch alloy wheels, blue and copper exterior detailing, blue stitching and a white dashboard insert.

 

Both Clio and Captur E-Tech models are available to order now. We’ll bring you the full Parkers verdict as soon as we’ve driven them.

Further reading:

> Best small SUVs

> Best hybrid cars

> Renault Clio review