Renault Symbioz: Combining Hybrid Efficiency with Family-Friendly Comfort Image

Renault Symbioz: Combining Hybrid Efficiency with Family-Friendly Comfort

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The New Renault Symbioz is set to make waves in the family crossover segment, aiming to challenge the dominance of the Nissan Qashqai. Symbioz pays homage to the classic Renault 16 from 1965 while embodying modern innovation and design.

Positioned between the compact Captur and the larger Austral, the Renault Symbioz fills a crucial gap in Renault's lineup. With this new addition, Renault now boasts five models in the highly competitive C-segment market.

Powertrain and Performance

The Renault Symbioz is built on a stretched version of the CMF-B platform, shared with the Renault Captur and Clio. It features a full-hybrid powertrain across all models, utilizing the E-Tech hybrid 145 system.

Under the hood, the Symbioz houses a 1.6-litre four-cylinder petrol engine paired with an electric motor, delivering a combined output of 143bhp. While Renault has yet to confirm the 0-62mph time, it is expected to be over 10 seconds, similarly to the Captur E-Tech.

Efficiency and Running Costs

The 1.2kWh battery, situated under the boot floor, allows the Symbioz to start in EV mode and operate on electric power for up to 80% of urban driving. The ‘predictive hybrid driving’ system uses Google Maps data to optimise the use of the electric motor and petrol engine, enhancing fuel efficiency.

Weighing under 1,500kg, the Symbioz boasts impressive fuel economy, with Renault claiming up to 61.4mpg and a potential range of 621 miles on a single tank of petrol. The hybrid system's battery is maintained through regenerative braking and the starter-generator motor, eliminating the need for plug-in charging. An additional ‘B’ mode offers stronger regenerative braking, and the E-Save function ensures a 40% battery charge is reserved for optimal fuel economy when needed.

Exterior and Interior Design

The Symbioz shares its bold front-end design with the Captur but distinguishes itself with a uniquely styled rear, featuring 3D ‘ice cube’ tail-lights and a large roof spoiler. Exclusive 18 and 19-inch alloy wheels and a palette of seven paint colours, including the striking Mercury Blue, add to its appeal.

Inside, the Symbioz combines elements from the Clio and Captur with cutting-edge Google-powered technology. The Esprit Alpine trim enhances the interior with special touches like body-hugging bucket seats, French tri-colour flags, and a subtle blue gradient on the dashboard panel.

Infotainment System

The Symbioz is equipped with a 10.3-inch digital driver’s display and a 10.4-inch touchscreen featuring the latest version of Renault’s OpenR Link infotainment system, based on Android Automotive. This system includes Google Maps, Google Assistant, and access to over 50 apps via the Google Play store. Standard features also include wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, ensuring seamless smartphone connectivity. Physical climate control switches and a well-placed wireless charging pad add to the user-friendly design. 


Practicality and Boot Space

The New Renault Symbioz offers impressive rear passenger space, with ample legroom and headroom, even for taller occupants. The innovative Solarbay glass roof enhances the airy feel of the cabin by allowing adjustable opacity.

Practical storage solutions include sizeable front door bins, rear seat nets, and a pair of USB-C charging ports for rear passengers. The sliding rear bench adds versatility, expanding boot space from 492 litres to 624 litres with the seats moved forward. Folding the rear seats increases the total cargo capacity to 1,582 litres, making the Symbioz a practical choice for families.

Safety Technology

The Symbioz is packed with up to 24 advanced driver assistance systems, including ‘Active Driver Assist’ for Level 2 autonomous driving, adaptive cruise control, lane centring, and traffic sign recognition. Additional safety features include rear automatic emergency braking, blind spot warning, and a 360-degree parking camera setup. The customisable ‘My Safety’ button and real-time ‘Safety Coach’ provide tailored safety settings and driving advice.

Pricing and Trim Levels

Starting at under just £30,000, the Renault Symbioz offers three trim levels: Techno, Techno Esprit Alpine, and Iconic Esprit Alpine. While detailed specifications for each trim are yet to be released, all models will include the 10.4-inch touchscreen, Google apps, wireless connectivity, and a suite of safety systems. Mid-range models add a powered tailgate, and the top-spec includes the Solarbay roof.

With orders opening in July, the Renault Symbioz promises to be a compelling choice for those seeking a stylish, efficient, and practical family crossover. For more information on the New Renault Symbioz, contact our team today!