Renault Austral E-Tech FHEV Techno Esprit Alpine 5dr Auto Review

Category: Family SUV

Section: Version review

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  • Renault Austral interior dashboard
  • Renault Austral boot open
  • Renault Austral interior infotainment
  • Renault Austral right driving
  • Renault Austral front cornering
  • Renault Austral rear cornering
  • Renault Austral left static boot open
  • Renault Austral headlights detail
  • Renault Austral alloy wheel detail
  • Renault Austral badge detail
  • Renault Austral interior front seats
  • Renault Austral back seats
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RRP £36,695What Car? Target Price£33,281
Fuel type:
hybrid
Gearbox:
semi-auto
Doors:
5 doors

Even by hybrid family SUV standards, the Renault Austral impresses when it comes to fuel economy and CO2 output. However, it's beaten in almost every other key family SUV metric by the Kia Sportage, including refinement, comfort, interior quality and boot space. If you do buy an Austral, we recommend sticking with entry-level Techno trim.

Stepping up to this mid-range model brings 20in wheels (in place of the 19s on entry-level Techno cars) heated and massaging front seats, a heated steering wheel and a powered tailgate. Meanwhile, additional safety kit includes adaptive cruise control and a speed sign recognition system which warns you of the prevailing speed limit.

The sole engine option in the Austral is a 1.2-litre petrol that works with an electric motor to deliver a combined output of 197bhp. The resulting performance is adequate rather than sparkling, but official fuel economy and CO2 figures are impressive.


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Key information

Doors5
Seats5
0-62 MPH8.4 seconds
Fuel TypePetrol/Electric Hybrid
GearboxSEMI-AUTO
MPGOfficial overall fuel economy figure

60.1

Boot CapacityHow much space is there?

487

litres

EmissionsOfficial emissions rating

105

g/km