Renault’s new Clio is fun to drive, stylish, modern and brimming with joie de vivre writes Geraldine Herbert
What is it? The Clio is one of the world’s most successful cars, an impressive 13 million have been sold since it first drove off with the European Car of the Year award in 1991. The current fourth-generation range was launched in 2012.
First impressions of the new Renault Clio? Time has been good to the previous model so changes to the styling, both in the front and rear, are relatively small and include new LED headlights with C-shaped daytime running lights, front grille and rear bumper. The lines are now sharper and angular so it now more closely resembles the family look of the latest Renault models, including the all-new Megane.
What about the interior? Inside, there is nothing dramatically different – while it remains “plasticy”, the quality has improved and for the driver the information and entertainment controls are all within easy reach. There is reassuring comfort from the seats, now adorned with new fabric and reinforced, giving better support. A good mix of finishes from the brushed matte effect to the interior chrome detailing gives a quality feel throughout.
The Clio comes with a number of features generally only seen on bigger cars, including panoramic fixed glass sunroof, rear parking camera, hands-free parking, Bose premium sound pack, new R-link system for on-board connectivity and access to downloadable apps.
Under the bonnet? Two new engines have been added to the line up – a more powerful 1.5 dCi with 110 bhp which promises a frugal 80.7 mpg (3.5 litres per 100) with CO2 emissions of 90g/km, along with a 1.2 litre TCe 120 petrol. On a combined cycle Renault claims it will use 53.3 mpg ( 5.2 litres per 100km) and emit 118g of CO2.
Renault Clio on the road? Pick of the bunch engine wise is the juiced-up diesel engine, with a six speed gear box and more than 20bhp above the current 1.5 offering; the sheer refinement makes it a very impressive oil-burner. The diesel option has always been the pricey choice in the range so rest assured the 1.2 petrol is a great alternative as an urban hop-about. The steering is light but direct and accurate and the suspension soaks up bumps nicely.
How much? Due here in October prices are likely to increase slightly over the current model but will be confirmed closer to the launch date.
What about my options? Available with four equipment levels, Expression, Play, Dynamique Nav and Dynamique S Nav and standard spec includes Electronic Stability Control, Electronic Traction Control, Hill Start Assist, six airbags, cruise control and speed limiter. The new R&GO app-based system offers satellite navigation and infotainment from the user’s smartphone – mounted in a dashboard cradle. There is also Bluetooth connectivity, a DAB/FM/AM tuner with 2 x 20W stereo, USB and jack connection points. Electric front windows, electric and heated door mirrors, central locking and keycard entry with Start/Stop button provide added convenience. Practicality is provided by a height and reach adjustable steering wheel, height adjustable driver’s seat and a 60:40 split folding rear seat.
There are also numerous customisation possibilities so if you are choosing a new Clio you could be there for a while
3 words to describe the Renault Clio? Fun; Stylish; Modern
|New Clio version||CO2 (g/km)||MPG (Combined, NEDC)|
|Expression 1.2 16V 75||127||50.4|
|Play 1.2 16V 75||127||50.4|
|Play TCe 90||105||60.1|
|Play dCi 90||85||85.6|
|Play TCe 90 ECO||94||67.3|
|Play dCi 90 ECO||82||88.3|
|Dynamique Nav 1.2 16V 75||127||50.4|
|Dynamique Nav TCe 90||105||60.1|
|Dynamique Nav dCi 90||85||85.6|
|Dynamique Nav TCe 90 ECO||94||67.3|
|Dynamique Nav TCe 120||118||53.3|
|Dynamique Nav dCi 90 ECO||82||88.3|
|Dynamique Nav TCe 120 Auto EDC||120||52.3|
|Dynamique Nav dCi 90 Auto EDC||92||80.7|
|Dynamique S Nav TCe 90||105||60.1|
|Dynamique S Nav dCi 90||85||85.6|
|Dynamique S Nav dCi 90 Auto EDC||92||80.7|
|Dynamique S Nav TCe 120||118||53.3|
|Dynamique S Nav TCe 120 Auto EDC||120||52.3|
|Dynamique S Nav dCi 110||90||80.7|
10th August 2016