Pocket rocket

SIBONELO MYENI feels planted in a lil’ hatch

The Witness - Wheels - - FRONT PAGE - SIBONELO MYENI

RENAULT Mzansi has launched the up­dated Clio range with the GT Line a wor­thy value propo­si­tion in my view.

At the launch route in the thin air up in Gaut­eng, I got to sam­ple the GT Line and it felt sure-footed in dy­namic driv­ing while not be­ing too hard on rough roads.

It has the best com­bi­na­tion of com­fort vs dy­namic driv­ing of the Clio range and maybe — dare I say it — the seg­ment.

The Clio has been a good sales suc­cess for Mzansi Renault, mainly due to its avant-garde de­sign and with the lat­est up­date, Renault has made slight but no­tice­able changes.

The C-shaped LED day­time lights de­but in the Clio, with re­vised grille and front bumper.

The top of the range mod­els get Pure Vi­sion LED head­lights.

New wheels in 16-inch and 17inch de­signs are fea­tured, whilst the GT Line gets unique Ti­ta­nium fin­ish 17-inch wheels.

The rear gets a re­freshed bumper and tail-lights.

The GT Line gets the sporty dif­fuser in­sert bumper with a sin­gle chrome tailpipe.

Changes are on the in­side

LED am­bi­ent light­ing makes its de­but in Clio mod­els, whose in­te­ri­ors al­ready boast all the er­gonomic at­ten­tion to de­tail Renault is justly fa­mous for.

Higher-grade ma­te­ri­als are used ev­ery­where for fit and fin­ish and the new Clio gets re­vised seat uphol­stery, door pads and in­stru­ment clus­ter whilst cruise con­trol is stan­dard as well.

The R & Go ap­pli­ca­tion comes stan­dard in the new Clio Authen­tique.

The rest of the new Clio range come stan­dard with Renault’s Me­dia Nav in­te­grated nav­i­ga­tion/multi-me­dia sys­tem with a seven-inch touch­screen dis­play.

Un­der those hoods

The en­gine range starts off with the 66 kW/135 Nm 1.0 three-cylin­der turbo claimed to sprint from 0-100 km/h in 12,2 sec­onds (top speed 182 km/h) with a claimed 5,5l/100 km.

The top of the range mod­els get the 88 kW/190 Nm 1,2 four­cylin­der turbo mo­tor claimed to sprint from 0-100 km/h in 9,4 sec­onds (top speed 199 km/ h) with claimed 5,2l/100 km.

Trans­mis­sion choices range from the five-speed man­ual in the 1,0 en­gine, a six-speed man­ual in the GT Line and a sev­en­speed EDC in the 1,2 Ex­pres­sion.

The Clio range comes stan­dard with a five-year or 150 000 km me­chan­i­cal war­ranty and a six-year anti-cor­ro­sion war­ranty.

Also stan­dard is a three-year or 45 000 km ser­vice plan.

Ser­vices take place at 15 000 km in­ter­vals.

Pric­ing

Re­tail pric­ing for the five mod­els starts at R264 900 for the Clio 88 kW Turbo GT-Line and con­tin­ues up to R264 900 for the 88 kW Turbo EDC Ex­pres­sion.

Op­tions in­clude a fixed glass roof Dy­namique at R8 000, metal­lic paint at R2 500 and a sev­eninch touch­screen with nav­i­ga­tion and leather steer­ing wheel for R10 000.

• Catch Sibonelo Myeni on Ukhozi Fm ev­ery Thurs­day at 7.50 am.

PHOTO: QUICKPIC

Renault’s fourth-gen­er­a­tion Clio, which has seen over 20 000 sales in SA since April 2013, got faster in the lat­est GT line.

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