1 Posted: 1st Dec 2023

The Renault Austral E-Tech full hybrid has been crowned ‘Best Family SUV’ at the Scottish Car of the Year (SCOTY) Awards 2023, underlining its strong appeal to today’s households who need a highly usable and connected family car.

  • Scotland’s motoring writers and industry experts named the electrified model as the best SUV for families after being won over by the space and technology of its interior, plus the efficiency of its hybrid drivetrain.

    On their reasons for naming the Austral E-Tech full hybrid as the best family SUV available, judges, said: “The family SUV category is always a fiercely competitive one. Space and practicality are a must in this segment and the Renault Austral delivered on both. However, what really caught our judges’ attention were the Austral’s user-friendly high-tech interior and impressively frugal drivetrains that deliver some of the best running costs in its class.”

    Guillaume Sicard, Country Head UK & Managing Director Renault Brand UK, added: “SUVs have never been so popular with families and it’s very pleasing that the Austral E-Tech full hybrid has been judged to be the best for their needs. Particularly rewarding is that the expert judges have not only praised it for having the versatility and frugal running costs that have always been traditionally so crucial for drivers, but also for the onboard technology and connectivity that is becoming increasingly important to modern families.” 

    The annual Scottish Car of the Year (SCOTY) Awards have been held since 1997. They celebrate the best new cars that have been launched in the preceding 12 months of the awards, with the judging panel evaluating eligible vehicles on factors such as style, comfort, practicality, performance and value for money.

    The Austral E-Tech full hybrid is available in three trim levels – techno, techno esprit Alpine, and iconic esprit Alpine. It is powered by a 200hp petrol/electric hybrid drivetrain that emits as little as 105g/km CO2 and can achieve up to 60.1mpg (WLTP), enabling it to travel up to 683 miles between stops. Its many attributes include a Google-powered digital experience, including the availability of up to 35 apps* and even the ability to operate home devices via voice control, and up to 30 Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS).

    The Austral E-Tech full hybrid is priced from £34,695 OTR.

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