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Renault Clio


September 12, 2013

It#8217;s no Kia’s Rio was a 2012 South Car of the Year finalist and (until topCar’s best buy in its segment, Volkswagen’s much loved continues to lead the local race by some margin. But the introduction of the new Clio 4, Renault has a contender in this competitive of the hatch market. My first to the new Clio was at its global preview at year’s Paris Auto

I recall the feeling of bemusement I over the fanfare created by the press who flocked around the car crowning it the Best Production Car of the Paris show, and later it as a finalist for the European Car of the Year for 2013 . The Clio also in the Top 3 finalists for the Most Beautiful Car of a ward as well as being a in the 2013 World Design Car of the

Granted, the Paris Auto is naturally a French affair so one expect some support for the brand, especially with the of Citroën and Peugeot recording losses at the time due to the European crisis.

But one had to wonder what the fuss was all what with bigger, elaborate reveals on the day like the new Rover, Jaguar’s F-type and P1 for example. I was intrigued and made a of getting behind the wheel of the new both at its Highveld launch and recently in Cape Town, to see how it at altitude and sea level – and, importantly against, our clock.

dismissing it under display spotlights, the Clio’s bold, forms grew on me the more I spent with it. At the show, Design Director Laurens van den remarked that the design was ‘… so that it makes you want to eat Mmm, easy on there I wasn’t quite as hungry on occasion. For me, the car is appealing but not as tasty as year’s Renault DeZir car upon which Clio 4’s cues were inspired.

Styling is largely subjective and most agree that the new 4 is not as sporty as the Ford Fiesta or the masculine Rio, or even as as the Polo. But it is far more fashionable and than most of its current and Korean rivals.

The fresh polarised opinion among the team – some liked the lines, chrome door and delicate daytime running while others felt new expressive front end didn’t the dynamism of the sporty rear and heavily laden C-pillar. is, it’s a design that’s got a of drama and presence and is unlikely to into the crowd.

Renault SA has an excellent job with the specification and value of the Clio. For instance, at our 66kW Turbo Expression unit is the only model its direct rivals with alloys rather than wheels. But then again, wheels usually complement the not the ride, a fact sure to be of importance to its youthful target

Thankfully, the Clio’s ride is subtle and unobtrusive even on the corrugated roads.

Moving the Clio is also the only at this price point offers ESP, traction satellite navigation and LED daytime lights as standard features. from these USPs, one can add a of regular luxury features spec sheet opposite) to its specification list, which dual front and side that helped it earn a EuroNCAP rating and the title of in Class for 2012 in the City Car

While some may have that the piano black console might scuff after a prolonged period and the housing visually breaks the of the central facia design, it the facia and features a seven-inch Media Nav touch screen, the control and audio functions telephone functionality. The Nav system is and its functions are clear and easy to was developed by a partnership between LG, Navteq and Navgo. Renault SA that as the navigation maps get through the life of the vehicle, owners will be able to new road networks and locations via a USB from the Renault Maps

With its coupe-like looks, one expects the Clio to be a ball of It isn’t. Its 66kW 899cc is characterful but not class-leading in terms of grunt, as our test times

But that said, most struggle to differentiate its performance to of a normally-aspirated 1.4 litre four-cylinder on the open road. While its ECO softens the Clio’s responses a stupor, we chose to rather to the Normal mode and enjoy the of that flavourful blown While we averaged around in normal road use, in ECO Renault claims the Clio is the frugal in its category at a claimed

The Clio is also the first in the Renault line-up to feature the new which features a low inertia that helps produce and 135Nm of torque at 2500rpm. 90% of maximum torque is available a lowly 1650rpm resulting in little noticeable lag at altitude, acceleration is fairly modest for its cubic capacity. Renault has a of experience with turbocharging engines, expertise no doubt from its involvement in Formula One in the 1970s when the French was first to introduce forced technology to the world motorsport

With a total weight of 95kg, the aluminium-block triple is light and boats a 105g/km CO 2 rating. According to Renault’s Ford’s impressive 1.0-litre engine shares almost 50% of the engine componentry but the Blue preferred a higher-output turbo for performance, but at a greater fuel and retail cost.

Typically of hatchback class, the Clio is on the side of the ride and handling it’s not as sharp or dynamic as the of a Mazda2 or Fiesta but it’s as as a Polo. The steering is typically assisted for ease of manoeuvrability, both substance and feel. The linkages could be firmer,

That said, there’s traction grip, composure and for its size and the new hatch now sits closer to the ground than its

When one takes into the vehicle’s standard specification its rivals and also its relative tag, I’m sure the Clio earn a few more awards and in the coming months. On the back of its after-sales service programme and parts pricing, Renault’s new MD Uchikoshi claimed at the Clio’s that the company’s customer figures were up to 95% (we’re this doesn’t include Scénic owners!).

While three-year/45000km service plan as lengthy as the likes of the Hyundai i20 service plan), it’s the other vehicle in its class to the Korean’s five-year/15000km warranty, is a huge undertaking and endorsement to the quality by its parent company. Add to the Clio’s value, style, USPs and frugal economy and its wonder the French were so last September. At its price, the is definitely worth shouting

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