AT A GLANCE
WHAT IT’S GOT
Six airbags, stability control, 18-inch alloys, front sports seats, Alcantara upholstery, parking sensors and assistance, 7-inch infotainment touchscreen, Bluetooth, navigation, voice control, rear camera, tyre pressure monitor, cruise with speed limiter, auto wipers, dual zone air, aluminium pedals, temporary spare.
WHAT IT HASN’T
Digital radio, Apple Carplay, Android Auto, auto emergency braking, blind spot monitor, rear cross traffic alert, lane departure warning, sunroof.
Servicing costs $897 over 3 years/90,000km, with intervals of 12 months/30,000km or on demand.
WHAT WE LIKED
Beautiful design inside and out. Hi-tech dash really works, especially optional 8.7-inch portrait touchscreen. Luxuriously comfortable front seats, spacious rear seats and big boot. Willing, fuel efficient 1.6 turbo. Auto gearbox does smooth, crisp shifts at speed. Sharp steering and agile handling. Cheap to service. Long warranty, with roadside assist.
WHAT WE DIDN’T
The ride can be punishing on rough roads. Excessive tyre and suspension noise. Torque steer. No driver assist safety tech. Voice control is hit and miss and doesn’t operate navigation. Renaults can be temperamental.
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