“A splendid inside, mild-hybrid expertise and additional area makes the Renault Clio an actual contender within the supermini class”
The Renault Clio is a well-liked supermini that routinely trails the Ford Fiesta and Volkswagen Polo in UK gross sales charts however outsold each within the European market in 2018, with Renault shifting over 335,000. The most recent Clio is the fifth-generation mannequin, and regardless of apparent similarities to its predecessor from the skin, it’s in truth all-new.
In line with buyer suggestions, exterior design was one of many key components within the final Clio’s success, so Renault hasn’t damaged the mould, as an alternative smoothing its edges and including some new particulars and options for a extra mature look. However relaxation assured that beneath its metalwork, the Clio incorporates all-new expertise that Renault guarantees makes it extra environment friendly, spacious and fascinating.
The adjustments can actually be felt if you swing open one of many Clio’s doorways as a result of its inside now has extra soft-touch plastics than an Audi A1. It is a radical makeover that transforms the within of the common-or-garden Clio from financial system to membership class, with a portrait 9.Three-inch touchscreen readily available for each infotainment want. In case you aren’t eager on Renault’s consumer interface, it is the system has Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, whereas a digital instrument panel can present sat-nav instructions as you drive.
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With so many Clios purchased as first automobiles and household runarounds, the very fact it already has a five-star Euro NCAP rating earlier than reaching showrooms is a giant plus. Autonomous emergency braking is customary, and the Clio is the primary Renault with an non-obligatory 360-degree digicam – a function as soon as solely present in Vary Rovers.
The Clio is nice to drive with out providing huge quantities of enjoyable or pleasure. As an alternative, it’s a really efficient compromise between consolation and dealing with however this does imply it’s finally outshone by the Ford Fiesta within the dynamics division. The Clio’s steering has been sharpened up barely and there is little physique lean, whereas the 1.Zero-litre petrol with 99bhp presents loads of efficiency. We’ll have to drive extra of the engines on provide to make sure however that is more likely to be the preferred mannequin, with the non-turbo 1.Zero-litre missing grunt and the range-topping 1.Three-litre TCe petrol solely supplied in prime trims with an automated gearbox.
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A 1.5-litre dCi diesel will enchantment to motorway drivers nevertheless it’ll take loads of miles to make it cheaper to personal than the petrol fashions, and it has a better Profit-in-Sort (BiK) ranking for company-car drivers. A light-hybrid model is anticipated to reach quickly, promising even decrease CO2 emissions. With a small battery pack and electrical motor that harvests vitality beneath braking, Renault reckon it is going to save quite a lot of gas in stop-start city driving.
The most recent Renault Clio would possibly lack the driving finesse of the Ford Fiesta nevertheless it claws again factors in different areas. Its inside is among the greatest in school, whereas beneficiant inside area, glorious security and low working prices ought to assist make it a agency household favorite.