New Renault Clio is worth your attention
The Renault Clio has been a favourite within its segment for around 30 years. Since its first introduction, the Clio became Groupe Renault’s best seller throughout the world, with more than 15 million units sold globally. The latest Clio has built on the success of the previous generations and is now better than ever. We take a closer look at the latest Renault Clio to see how it stacks up against its competition.
From the outset, the new Clio exudes dynamic and attractive styling marked by its sensual lines, dynamic profile, sculpted sides and assertive presence. When viewed from the front the unique C-shaped LED day-time running lights draw your attention. With its broadened shoulders, the updated rear styling gives the new Clio a more imposing look, with larger LED rear lights built into the tailgate. The finely integrated chrome finishes and the concealed rear door handles give the Clio a feel of elegance, and a coupe-like profile.
The latest Clio has also undergone a complete revolution on the interior which offers quality materials and finishes. The new high-tech driver oriented cockpit is distinguished by its cocooning seats and the multi-sense customisable ambient lighting, allowing for a more unique experience. Furthermore, the addition of a customisable 7” TFT digital instrument cluster, Electronic Parking Brake, and a prominent 9.3” Easy Link multimedia touchscreen - the largest screen in its category have elevated the modern appeal within the cabin. .
The infotainment system is perfectly integrated with the Renault CONNECT universe. The EASY LINK system is compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, allowing for easy access to all your multimedia content and navigation from your mobile device. We particularly liked the wireless charger which is a neat feature.
So we have established that the new Clio V has retained that French Flair in terms of interior and exterior design, but what about under the bonnet? Well, South African customers will have the option of one engine and gearbox pairing as of now. This comes in the form of a 1.0-litre turbocharged unit that develops 74kW and 160Nm of torque. Power is sent to the front wheels via a 5-speed manual gearbox. There is unfortunately no auto ‘box as of yet.
While the motor and gearbox are on-par with the segment leader, the VW Polo is slightly down on power, even when compared to the likes of the other Frenchie in the boxing ring, the Peugeot 208. Nevertheless, the Clio feels nippy, responsive and eager, just plan your overtaking manoeuvres in advance.
Those who are stressing about the imminent fuel price hike will be pleased to know that the Clio has a claimed fuel consumption of 5.7L/100km. Our correspondent did admit that he was in Sport mode most of the time as it offers a sharper throttle response, thus only managing a 7.0L/100km consumption figure.
Overall the new Clio V is a delightful offering within the segment. It ticks all the boxes in terms of design and technology. The ride quality is also decent, albeit slightly more on the sportier side and the motor is able to get a move on when needed. The Clio should be on your list when shopping in this segment.