Our Fleet Test Drive: Renault Captur - 4th report
07 October 2014
Author: Jack Carfrae
You don't hear very much about Renault's green sub-brand, Eco2. Think about the same kinds of names associated with other car companies: Volkswagen's Bluemotion, Ford's Econetic, BMW's Efficient Dynamics to name but a few - they're pretty well known.
The French firm seems to be a bit more low key, though. There isn't a badge on the wings or boot, proclaiming the Captur's green street cred (something you'd get with any of the aforementioned low-CO2 models and plenty of others), nor is there anything inside. The only giveaway is a sticker in the rear screen (pictured), which is, I suppose, more efficient than creating a badge from plastic or metal.
After a bit of digging, I discovered that there's a little more to the Eco2 cars than you might expect. Rather than being 'just a low-CO2 model', the cars that bear the sticker have to meet a certain amount of criteria, which are: emissions below 120g/km, 95% recyclable parts at the end of the car's life, at least 7% recycled plastics, and be built in a factory with an ISO 14001 certificate (a recognised standard that proves a company is operating in an environmentally friendly way - I had
to Google it as well).
The Capur is built at Renault's Valladolid factory in Spain, which ticks the ISO box, and it isn't the only car in the range to bear the Eco2 moniker. The Megane, Clio, Scenic, Twingo, Zoe and Fluence
all do the same.
|Our average consumption
|Official combined consumption