Renault Clio 4 review | TopCar

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Renault Clio

4 review

INTERSECTIONS AND … ends: not provides better impetus for When it became apparent to at Renault that the French was headed, stylistically at least, a blind alley, a design was inevitable.

Enter Mazda’s concept king Laurens Van Den whose immediate task was to a new design direction for Renault kicked off with – surprise, – a series of universally acclaimed cars beginning with the DeZir. Now, just two later, comes Clio 4, represents the first full fruits of the Dutchman’s grand But it’s not just a style

While the vitally important ushers-in the new face of Renault, it launches a new generation of on-board and a range of all-new turbocharged boasting a very impressive But, as ever, proof, etcetera. So#8230;

It’s two days before the major public début at the Motor Show and I’m in the hills of putting Clio 4 to the sword. moments ago I’d parked it up on a verge after first ogling Maximus’s Elysium, gave it a inspection. You can’t fail to the Cullinan-spec diamond badge linked to massive headlamps by a of black grillework. It’s a confident face that please many.

The flanks are more sculptural than with hidden rear handles creating a quasi-coupe which Renault feels the need for a proper three-door this time. It’s at the rear too, where a window, bold crease wavy diffuser panel and units similar to those on the dominate. Definitely attractive, but it creates the instant desire hoping for is debatable. (See the sidebar for Van Den Acker’s own thoughts as he us around the new Clio on Renault’s Paris show stand.)

As for the interior, aspects of it would not looked out of place in an early concept car, especially the central control section, incidentally, also stars in all-electric ZOE. The floating pod air vents, air-con switchgear and Nav, Renault’s tablet-like multi-media interface co-developed LG.

Like the name suggests, Nav controls audio, Bluetooth portable music devices, and also allows image I found it all really intuitive to easily accessing music off my iPhone in seconds via the the USB port, but did the sat-nav too economical with its instructions, forcing you to keep an eye on the for effective navigation. A more app-friendly version dubbed – with sat-nav by preferred TomTom – arrives in Europe next year and may also available here.

The rest is pretty conventional from the main instrument that appear to have inspired by the classic ViewMaster Europeans will be offered a personalisation programme that customers to choose from plastic inlays for the steering vent surrounds and door plus wheel rim and roof options. It’s all a bit naff and won’t be part of Renault initial offering anyway.

On the Clio 4 drives just you’d expect a Clio to, with quicker, more steering. But there are other too. The car feels lighter, because, at 1009kg, it is. (By comparison, 3 in 1.6-litre guise weighed-in at A portion of that weight is down to the engine line-up, has been put through the fashionable and forced induction process.

The launch versions I drove was by an 898cc, three-cylinder turbocharged that produces handy outputs of 66kW and 135Nm. In a move, it’s with engine that Renault launch the new Clio in South in the first half of 2013.

the tiny triple didn’t as distinctively offbeat as some of the three-pot motors currently on Worked hard, as was necessary on the route’s hills, it was clear while willing enough at low the unit is far happier spinning at plus – not unexpected, as torque at 2500rpm.

Fortunately, the five-speed transmission is a one and I spent a lot of time switching second and third gears the occasional uphill hairpins for first. Still, the turbocharged makes a worthy replacement for a 1300 with the added of excellent fuel economy. combined cycle claim is and I achieved an average in the high-sixes the launch run, much of driving three up.

Other engines in the European line-up a 1.2-litre four-cylinder turbo and a 1.6 which is reserved for use in the new RenaultSport

Clio 4 is a satisfying update on the car that should at least put the on sliding sales. While it present any radical packaging or possess ridiculously desirable it is clear the money has been on turning a decent car into a efficient and technically proficient

Will that, along Van Den Acker’s stylistic vision of a new be enough to fall in love Clio again? In the words of the Dutch wonder, ‘If this flat, I’m going to be looking for a new job … soon’.

ENGINE 898cc, three-cylinder turbocharged petrol, @ 5250rpm, 135Nm @ 2500rpm

Five-speed manual, front-wheel

LENGTH/WIDTH/HEIGHT 4062/1732/1448mm

PERFORMANCE 0-100kph, 182kph top speed, 104g/km

SUSPENSION MacPherson front, torsion beam

MADE FROM Steel

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