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C’etait un Rendezvous, the door sills which not only adds some scuff protection but breaks up the monotony of the panels. You see one and think: hmm, not bad.
This is the fourth generation of Clio since 1990. More than 11.5 million have been sold. Its awards include two European Car of the Year awards, one at launch, the second for 2006 for
The remarkably smooth engine is offset by a rather rotten ride on our “normal” road surfaces.
the outgoing Mk3. It was the first car to get a 5 Star safety rating from EuroNCAP in 2005. Renault calls new Clio a “sleek, curvaceous design with five-door practicality but the low, sporty profile of a coupe”. Well, it does have hidden rear door latches – now quite common.
All Clios have stability and traction control, hill start assist, six airbags, cruise control, a useful speed limiter, keyless entry and ignition, audio featuring Renault’s new bass reflex technology, bluetooth, USB and jack connection points, electric front windows and door mirrors, plus a 60:40 split folding rear seat.
Top Clio is the Dynamique S MediaNav, with automatic headlights and wipers, 17 alloy wheels, climate control, a centre armrest and rear parking sensors.
There is a choice, dependant on which trim level you select, from Renault/Nissan’s latest small capacity petrol and diesel engines – all with fivespeed manual gearboxes. A GT Line with automatic gears is on the way.
My test car was the core Dynamique MediaNav fitted with Renault’s new (and first) three cylinder engine, an 898cc horse power petrol which made easy work of this lighter Clio. Its official figures are 62.8mpg and 104g/km with a 12.2 seconds 0-62mph time. List price is £13,995.
On the road? The remarkably smooth three cylinder engine is offset by a rather rotten and usually restless ride on our “normal” road surfaces and there was wind noise in the front screen pillar area. Fuel economy was excellent, raging from 45 to 56 miles a gallon.
Whoever signed off the design for the hand grabs inside the tailgate should be admonished. It is really hard to close using just one grip unless you follow up with a shove on the outer panel. Using both grips means your hands have to be empty.
The road test of the Bentley Continental GT Speed in last week’s edition should have said the car is built in Crewe, not Derby.
GENERATION GAME: This is the fourth new Clio since 1990, and the model has achieved overall sales of more than 11.5 million.