SIBONELO MYENI feels planted in a lil’ hatch
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.
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.
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Renault’s fourth-generation Clio, which has seen over 20 000 sales in SA since April 2013, got faster in the latest GT line.