Renault has won three categories at the Auto Express 2021 New Car Awards, its small car offering making a big impression at the well-known magazine and website’s virtual awards ceremony that was held earlier this month.
The Captur once again took top spot in the small SUV category after Auto Express singled it out for its value, versatility and technology.
Steve Fowler, Editor-in-chief of Auto Express said: “The Renault Captur grabs a second consecutive win in the Small SUV category in 2021. And like last year this practical, comfortable and great-value car is a winner for many of the same reasons as the Clio it shares its platform with. The Captur is a bit larger than the Clio, but it’s still an affordable offering that delivers plenty of space, the option of hybrid powertrains, and advanced technology. In fact, the Captur is strong in all the key areas for a small SUV, so it’s already lined up for success, while its affordability – especially on finance – seals the win.”
The second-generation Captur further develops on the elements of the previous model with significant advancements in driving aids, connectivity and comfort. This year, Renault’s E-Tech hybrid powertrain was added to the Captur, delivering CO2 emissions of just 114g/km and fuel economy of 56.6mpg (WLTP).
The Clio successfully defended its ‘Supermini of the Year’ title from previously after impressing Auto Express with its attractive mix of practicality, comfort and equipment that is usually found on cars at a much higher price point.
Speaking of the magazine’s decision to once again name the Clio as its supermini champion, Steve Fowler added: “Renault's Clio retains its top spot in the supermini class this year, beating some really tough contenders. One of the Clio’s strongest points is its practicality, which can even rival some family hatchbacks, and the interior in general is a high point because it comes with all the tech you need. We really like the Clio’s 1.0-litre three-cylinder turbo engine, which has enough power to keep up with traffic, but boasts low running costs. It’s also comfortable, refined and remains affordable.”
The Zoe E-Tech won ‘Affordable Electric Car of the Year’. At a time when more and more drivers are considering a 100 per cent electric car, the value of the Zoe E-Tech was praised by Auto Express due to its impressive range, which for many drivers means it can comfortably serve as their only car.
On awarding Europe’s best-selling electric car, Steve Fowler added: “There are many reasons why the Zoe has won our Affordable Electric Car of the Year award, but chief among them is its range. Updates last year saw the introduction of a 52kWh battery, which gives an impressive claimed range of 239 miles. Rapid 50kW charging is also available, giving 80 per cent capacity in a little over an hour.”
The trim levels available on the Zoe are: Play, Iconic and GT Line, with each offering a comprehensive standard specification. In addition, drivers also have the peace-of-mind that all new Zoe models come with a five-year/100,000-mile warranty, plus an eight-year 100,000-mile battery warranty.