Clio appears to be like good, particularly on Dynamique S-spec alloy wheelsThis fashionable supermini has quite a bit going for it. We peruse specs and costs because the arrival of its substitute looms
Final month Autocar honoured Laurens van den Acker, Renault’s head of design, with its coveted Sturmey Award for his work in reworking the look and attraction of his employer’s merchandise. The primary of the brand new era of fashions to emerge was the Clio Mk4, launched in 2013. When it first arrived, costs began at £10,595 for the 1.2 75 Expression, and right now they high out at £19,170 for a brand new GT Line Power dCi 90 auto. However you don’t have to be paying that…
As a substitute, over the previous six years a world of used Mk4 Clios has emerged, with costs starting from round £3900 for a 2013-reg Clio Expression 1.5 dCi with 96,000 miles, to £16,000 for a 2019/19-reg Clio GT Line TCe 90 with 5000 miles. Fancy one thing livelier? Your £16,000 will even purchase a 2018/18- reg 1.6 Renault Sport Nav 200 with 9000 miles.
Us? We’d put our cash right into a two-year-old Clio that has suffered its largest preliminary drop in worth. One thing like a 2017/17-reg Clio TCe 90 Dynamique S Nav with 17,000 miles for £9400 – which is about £8000 lower than it price new. It could be a detailed name between that and its diesel equal, an formally authorized used 1.5 dCi 90 with 20,000 miles for £9500.
The engine line-up, as you might have already got seen, options petrol (TCe) and diesel (dCi) engines. Of the petrols, the old-school 1.2 is nice worth used, however the TCe 90 is extra environment friendly. The 1.5 dCi 110 is a cracker: punchy, refined and frugal. In 2013 the nice and cozy GT Line TCe 120 was launched, however earlier than you dive in, there are higher options on the market, together with the Citroën DS3.
Dynamique S is an effective spec as a result of it comes with alloy wheels, local weather management, sat-nav, electrical home windows all spherical and rear parking sensors. Nevertheless, from launch all variations, together with primary Expression (later renamed Play), had Bluetooth, electrical mirrors and entrance home windows, and an uprated sound system. From Dynamique upwards, all trims have Renault’s R-Hyperlink infotainment setup, with its large, 7.0in touchscreen and a digital radio. For a time, Signature Nav trim sat on the high of the heap, boasting entrance parking sensors, a reversing digital camera and part-leather trim, however we want midspec Dynamique or uprated Iconic for his or her sheer worth.
Even in commonplace type, the Clio’s inside is fashionable, though match and end may very well be higher. This criticism was addressed to some extent with the 2016 facelift that additionally introduced tweaks to the entrance and rear ends, a brand new 1.5 dCi 110 engine and a guide transmission for the TCe 120.
One of many mannequin’s sights has all the time been its capability for personalisation: every part from the dashboard to the grille and the door inserts may very well be blended and matched. Good for the brand new automobile purchaser, however as a used purchaser you want to be sure you can stay with the end result, or no less than use something too excessive as an excuse to chip the value.
The Clio has been the topic of six security remembers that don’t make simple studying: discount in braking efficiency and effectivity, potential lack of management, doable gas leak and below-par wiper efficiency. Others embrace the rear spoiler and a wheel detaching. All of them relate to particular construct dates moderately than each single automobile.
If shopping for a Clio registered after 1 February 2018, notice that its from-new guarantee was three years or 60,000 miles, moderately than the 4 years or 100,000 miles that utilized to autos registered earlier than that date.
There have been just a few studies of tyre strain monitoring sensors (TPMS) failing on Clios, so be sure you have them checked since they’re an MOT failure on automobiles registered after 1 January 2012.
Our choose: Renault Clio Iconic TCe 190: Quiet, refined and responsive, the mid-range TCe 90 fits the Clio completely, whereas mid-spec Iconic trim, launched in 2015, brings 17in alloys, an uprated infotainment system, rear parking sensors and privateness glass.
Wild card: With its full LEDs, GT alloys, physique equipment and rear diffuser, the GT Line appears to be like each inch the recent hatch however with neither the value tag nor the sky-high gas payments.
Ones we discovered
2013 1.5 dCi Expression, 96,000 miles, £3975
2015 1.2 Expression, 62,000 miles, £5300
2017 zero.9 Play TCe, 31,000 miles, £7495
2018 1.2 Dynamic Nav, 13,000 miles, £8695
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