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Renault Austral

(2023 - present)

Expert Rating

New car score:

72
%
A

This model is still new so we don't have a Used Car Expert Rating score yet. Check back soon.

Expert Rating report card

Media Rating:

58
%
D

Safety Rating:

85
%
A

Eco Rating:

70
%
A

Reliability Rating:

-

Running Costs:

71
%
B

How are our Expert Rating scores calculated?

Expert Rating

New car score:

72
%
A

This model is still new so we don't have a Used Car Expert Rating score yet. Check back soon.

Expert Rating report card

Media Rating:

58
%
D

Safety Rating:

85
%
A

Eco Rating:

70
%
A

Reliability Rating:

-

Running Costs:

71
%
B

Summary


The Renault Austral is a mid-size family SUV that is set to arrive on UK roads in Summer 2023. Only available as a petrol-electric hybrid at launch, the Austral is the successor to the discontinued Kadjar crossover.

The Austral has received a mixed set of reviews from the UK motoring media. Reviewers largely conclude that the SUV is a economical and high-tech family car that is certainly worth a test drive, but its gearbox lets it down. “It can be sluggish to respond and dampens the Austral’s performance somewhat”, explains Carbuyer‘s Tom Jervis.

Many outlets also comment that the Austral isn’t a very exciting addition to the crowded medium SUV class. It’s described as “just another Nissan Qashqai alternative” by Tom Wiltshire of Car, while What Car? concludes that “the Austral is beaten in almost every other key family SUV metric by the Kia Sportage.”

While it may not be a stand-out class-leader, The Sunday Times argues that this SUV is a “a vast leap forward for Renault”, that is “better to drive, more distinctive inside and more stylish outside, as well as being more efficient and considerably more high-tech” than the Kadjar model it replaces.

As of February 2024, the Renault Austral holds a New Car Expert Rating of A, with a score of 72%. It gets top marks for its safety rating and low CO2 emissions, although we don’t have a complete set of running cost data yet. It’s also too new to have any meaningful reliability data.

Austral highlights

  • Well-built and practical interior
  • Relaxing and comfortable drive
  • Well-equipped as standard

Austral lowlights

  • Only one engine option
  • Rivals offer more driving excitement
  • Sluggish gearbox

Key specifications


Body style: Medium SUV/crossover
Engines:
petrol-electric hybrid
Price:
From £34,695 on-road

Launched: Summer 2023
Last updated: N/A
Replacement due: TBA


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Safety rating


Independent crash test and safety ratings from Euro NCAP

Overall score: 5 stars
Date tested: November 2022
Read the full Euro NCAP review

Adult protection: 88%
Child protection: 83%
Vulnerable road users: 69%
Safety assist: 87%

Eco rating


Independent economy and emissions ratings from Green NCAP

Model tested: E-Tech Hybrid 200 FWD Automatic

Overall score: 3 stars
Date tested: April 2023
Read the full Green NCAP review

Clean Air Index: 6.5 / 10
Energy Efficiency Index: 5.3 / 10
Greenhouse Gas Index: 3.9 / 10

Emissions testers Green NCAP comment that the Austral’s hybrid engine offers generally reasonable fuel consumption figures and that its “emissions are well and robustly controlled”, but the SUV needs significantly more energy to power its engine in very cold weather, which hinders its economy evaluation.

Reliability rating

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No reliability rating

As of February 2024, we don’t have enough reliability data on the Renault Austral to generate a reliability rating.

The Car Expert’s reliability information is provided exclusively to us using workshop and extended warranty data from our partner, MotorEasy, sourced from both official dealerships and independent workshops. 

As soon as MotorEasy has sufficient data on the Austral, we’ll publish the results here.

Running cost rating

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Monthly cost of ownership data provided exclusively for The Car Expert by Clear Vehicle Data

CO₂ outputAverageScoreVariationScore
Hybrid models107 g/kmA105 – 110 g/kmA – A
Insurance groupAverageScoreVariationScore
All models22A21 – 23A – B

As of January 2024, we don’t have a complete set of running cost data for the Renault Austral.

We cab tell you that insurance should be competitive, but not much else. Check back again soon.

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If you’re looking at the Renault Austral, you might also be interested in these alternatives.

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More news, reviews and information about the Renault Austral at The Car Expert

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Renault Austral test drive

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The Renault Austral is a capable medium SUV contender with an economical hybrid engine, but its sluggish gearbox hinders performance.Renault Austral