First Drive: Renault Clio 4 | SACarFan

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First Drive: Renault 4

If you’re in the market for a B-segment and let’s face it who isn’t. Ray commands you to drop what doing and order a Clio 4 now. Hell, even if you drive, have never the outside of your house, you still go out and buy one.

That’s how the new Clio is.

You don’t believe me, do You think Renault made me an cake on my birthday one year and now I’m in pocket. Well, strictly they did make me a cake one but hey, no, just no.

I’ve struggling to love the French for many years now (the products don’t figure this rationale, mind I’m sorry, but the humdrum Mégane looks blander than the Koleos and Fluence were imported, rebranded, bits of from Korea; the Logan was the apocalypse to motoring; the Sandero was slightly better and only better than taking the and the Scenic, well, no, I can’t myself to express how ugly I it is.

Then this new Renault 4 arrives and ‘jumping Jehovah’, low sweet chariot’ and ‘holy Batman’. I can’t think of a car in years that has left me so by its utter magnificence. I was left my brain for a French metaphor to illustrate my point and I came up a cooking one that I think the bill. Here it goes:

I don’t know how to create French cuisine, but I’m very at eating it, or at least critiquing it. It is the with cars. My idea of a adequate car is a 1999 Nissan with everything stripped out so nothing but a bare shell a cheap seat bolted it.

I couldn’t even begin to what it takes to summon a to build tens of thousands of affordable, good looking, …, hi-tech cars for the I can critique them, however, like I can eat a meal. I’ve all the experts and they say the most French dish is a soufflé.

apparently you can get a sweet and a savoury so for this metaphor we will use a cheese soufflé or, Soufflé au if you speak frog.

To start the perfect recipe for a soufflé, you the right amount of soft This is the styling of the new Renault 4. In a high spec model metallic paint and 16-inch or wheels it is utterly gorgeous for a hatch. Seriously, it’s looking in the metal than the you see before you. The Clio 4 is quite a large vehicle, but the flat, bonnet lines that fact well.

There are hints of Kia Rio all over it, but its executed with its LED adorned, front end and the LEDs are standard the whole range; bonus. hidden rear door really do make it look a two-door too.

Next up you grated cheese. This is the interior. Young, European-minded demand loads of stuff in cars and the Clio 4 has it all. The dash, dials and layout are very plain and uncluttered, but all the happens on the centrally mounted and tablet-looking thing.

I love its with its slightly out-of-whack on the edges and the air vents punching the middle. The technology it houses is cutting-edge for a B-segment car too.

No soufflé will be worth a if you don’t get the perfect amount of into the recipe. This is the 4’s glutinous array of standard From the mid-range Clio 4 up, you get a screen with satellite (an LG system with maps by Nav Tech and Map Go), cruise USB/Aux-In/Bluetooth audio connectivity and a key-card.

You also get a fruity sound called ‘Bass Reflex’ can emulate the effect of a sub-woofer.

No conscious Renault is going to in crash testing, just no soufflé will be worth its without just the right of, well, salt. The Clio 4 was a full 5-star rating and City Car’ for 2012 by and you may think the organisation just prizes out to anyone who makes a car days, but you’d be wrong. The 4 has ABS, EBD and ESP as standard, while airbags are also standard fit the whole range.

Hill-start gets you off an incline cleanly and steel, with crumple will keep even the pedestrian safe in the event of an

Now we get to the steaming hot milk of the soufflé, or the under the bonnet. It’s an that’s part of Renault’s new range and it is a 900 cc, turbocharged, 3-cylinder There is also a 1.2-litre aspirated engine on offer, but as is the way hi-tech downsizing, it can’t hold a candle to the new 0.9-litre TCe The headline figures are.

66 kW and 135 Nm of torque; 105 g/km CO2; and 4.5 fuel consumption. 0 – 100 km/h in 12 seconds, before the Clio out at 180 km/h. It may sound a bit feeble, and I as much as I sat through the presentation on the new however, to drive, it really is but.

Those car bores you will say Ford make a EcoBoost engine and that 92 kW, so clearly, Renault are crap at such an engine, but you’d be because much of the technology is in the way the turbo is integrated into the manifold. The CO2 figures of the Ford are simply astounding, granted, but actually made it too powerful, in my

Because the Ford Fiesta is so to drive you end up flooring it everywhere and the goes out the window. Genuinely, the TCe’s 66 kW is more usable and that little bit more in its everyday application. You could think of it as a ‘Poormans EcoBoost’, but again you’re paying prices with the Renault 4 TCe as well.

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Like the bland but necessary egg of a champion soufflé, Renault the new TCe engine is jam packed with that will make it to service, longer lasting and reduce maintenance costs. The 900 cc has an aluminium block, a lifetime timing chain, a variable oil for longer life and graphite In addition, because the whole has been optimised with technology#8217; says Renault, the operates with low friction and air swirl in the turbo, (which up to 250 000 r/min), it will be as reliable as the button on your bedside

What’s left in our soufflé Not much else except the egg arguably the most important of the entire exercise. In the Clio 4 the drive quality and without your entire recipe fall flat.

I’m happy to the all-new Renault Clio no such ignominy. It isn’t off the line, but it is sprightly and responsive, to the cutting-edge engine and, the steering is pretty light, you can glide the car from bend to in a highly enjoyable manner. The part about the Clio’s is the refinement and quietness.

It’s believable for a Renault, but the improvements in NVH and quality are off the charts for the French

So there you have it, all the ingredients in for the perfect Renault Clio 4 and a ‘ au Fromage’ . They’re only as as the chef that puts it all however, and in that regard, has added that little, ingredient that comes in the of brilliant pricing.

The top of the range Clio 4 TCe Dynamique is 900, the Clio 4 TCe Expression is 900 and the 1.2-litre Authentique is R149 I was adamant the fully-loaded models be over R200 000, but if they were, Renault probably still justify the at such a level.

The only are metallic paint at an extra R2 PDC (park distance control) for R2 000 and climate control for R5 000. pressed on the matter of how they can this almost obscene proposition, Renault’s new MD simply he’d rather make by selling lots of Clios than pricing them too We say “hear, hear” to that Volkswagen, Kia and Ford#8230; be afraid, be very afraid.

The Renault 4 is an absolute game changer.

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