OLD RIVALS, NEW BATTLE LINES
The battle between the previous-generation Ford Fiesta, replaced last year, and the outgoing Renault Clio was always closely fought. Not least because of the Clio’s ability to transition from comfy cruiser to enjoyably adept back-road steer.
Ford has recently updated the Fiesta and improved the recipe in several areas. How should Renault respond? When launched, the current Clio was unusually refined for its class and Renault would do well to prioritise the development of that particular characteristic.
But surpassing the Fiesta as an all-round package would almost certainly involve firming up the suspension.
Do they jeopardise the new Clio’s comfort to realise Fiesta-like dynamics, or are they brave enough to continue to plough their own very comfortable and refined furrow?
That’s the conundrum facing Renault’s engineers.