Renault Austral Review, Specs & Performance

Prepare to have your perception of an affordable family SUV completely reimagined with the Renault Austral E-Tech full hybrid. It offers a great ride, comfort and value for money - it's a sound choice for anyone considering a stylish hybrid with low running costs.

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Overview of the Renault Austral

The all-new Renault Austral SUV is the latest addition to the firm's electrifying E-Tech range of C-segment models, epitomising connectivity and innovation in an increasingly electrified motoring world. This dynamic hybrid completes a trio alongside the Megane E-Tech 100% electric and the Arkana E-Tech.

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Renault Austral in a nutshell

As Renault sets its sights on reconquering the C-segment and reinforcing its commitment to electrification, this impressive vehicle plays a pivotal role in the company's ambitious 'Renaulution' strategy. It does have it's work cut out, however, with competition from Korea like the Kia Sportage, Hyundai Tucson and Volkswagen Tiguan all occupying market share.


Renault Austral E-Tech - Engines & Economy


The Austral enjoys impressive fuel efficiency, boasting an impressive 60mpg on the combined WLTP cycle - firmly establishing itself as one of the most environmentally conscious hybrid cars around. CO2 emissions are just 105g/km, so it is an efficient car but attractive too for its low Benefit-in-Kind (BiK) rate.

It should be noted that with a full tank, Renault says their vehicle will return up to 683 miles. Even in 'Sport' mode, this SUV can sprint from 0 to 62mph in 7.4 seconds and has enjoyable handling. For many drivers wanting the best of both worlds, the Renault Austral E-Tech delivers electrifying performance and cutting-edge technology.


All trim levels feature a 200hp petrol hybrid powertrain, which is ground-breaking. This powertrain is complemented by a 400V 1.7kWh lithium-ion battery. That means drivers can embrace the tranquillity of electric-only mode, offering whisper-quiet and emissions-free city driving. The big attraction with the Austral E-Tech is that the battery is recharged through regenerative braking and when decelerating - so there are no plugs required. Meaning you’re not looking for a charger when out and around. It can also let you use electric-only mode, providing whisper-quiet, emission-free city driving.

Renault Austral E-Tech - Space & Equipment

Standard equipment - Renault Austral E-Tech 

·        19-inch Komah alloy wheels
·        Frameless automatic rear-view mirror
·        Matrix LED vision headlights
·        Sliding rear bench seat
·        Mirage-effect rear LED lights
·        Sliding centre console armrest
·        Flush roof bars
·        Automatic dual-zone air conditioning with air purifier
·        Shark fin antenna
·        Hands-free key card with keyless entry
·        Surround parking sensors with rear-view camera.

The Austral E-Tech car lease model's safety features impress - there's an impressive line-up of 30 ADAS (Advanced Driver Assistance Systems) and settings that enable drivers to select from four distinct driving styles suited to various terrains and journeys.

There's also the firm's cutting-edge 4Control advanced all-wheel steering system that turns this SUV into a nimble small car performer with a 10.1-metre turning circle. This function really does help ensure effortless parking aided by rear, front and side sensors - and the 360° Around View camera.

Renault has added technological features to enhance passenger comfort and safety. Drivers also get wireless smartphone charging, 35 litres of storage cleverly integrated in the cabin and sliding rear seats to offer a chance to stretch out! The electric tailgate grants easy access to a boot space of 555 litres.

On the dashboard, a pair of 12-inch screens and a 9.3-inch head-up display take centre stage. Powered by Google, drivers can access Google Assistant and Maps, plus Google Play. From controlling the music selection to planning routes, finding parking spaces, or even managing devices at home, all of this can be effortlessly activated through voice control.

Cabin Space

The Austral E-Tech however tries to do things differently. The cabin is spacious and well-designed, and drivers will enjoy what is a futuristic cockpit and an array of impressive technologies. Here, there is Google connectivity, driver assistance systems, safety features and parking capabilities that help to redefine the driving experience.


New ideas and features at work in the Austral help to make it stand out in a competitive segment, but with the sporty handling and unique drive train, it offers an unrivalled driving experience.

Ultimately, the Renault Austral E-Tech will strongly reflect Renault's reputation for pushing boundaries and shaping the future of mobility. We think it should definitely be on your shortlist if your looking for a economical stylish crossover.