The Clio is one of the most popular models among Renault’s range of small vehicle models. Just like every other model the company has released, the Clio boasts of a compact and well-engineered design. The elements come together to give a compact look and are intelligently marketed for the brand’s target demographic.
The latest Clio impresses with a bold, new look. But at the same time, it still gives the same classic impression of the previous generations. Familiarity is balanced with innovation; some of the Clio’s new additions include a longer wheelbase by 14mm and reaches 2589mm. The raked windscreen is steeper and has a height that is lower by 1448mm, while the roof goes lower by about 45mm. In terms of weight, the latest Clio is 100kg lighter compared to the previous model.
Another great upgrade in the Clio is the new engine range. A more diverse market is targeted, with a 1.2-litre 16V petrol unit as the entry-level engine. Then there’s the 1.5-litre dCi diesel at 89bhp, plus the more advanced, turbocharged 0.9-litre three-pot TCe petrol engine. We recommend the petrol engine for anyone that wants a smooth rev and enough power at about 2500rpm. But whichever engine you choose, all of them assure the right fuel efficiency and economy. Both the diesel and petrol perform well on the road, but we recommend the diesel for anyone after a quicker, quieter, and more refined ride all throughout. You can expect the same level of ride and handling with the TCe engine.
You can also opt for the engine that uses ECO derivatives from the diesel and TCe variations. This is recommended for those who prefer consuming less fuel than the engine standard.
The Clio continues impressing with its plush and spacious interiors. The cabin space has 10 per cent more legroom compared to the usual hatch. Plus there’s an additional inch for more headroom at the back area; larger adult passengers will definitely appreciate the extra room. Cabin storage is just enough given the usual functions of the space. Apart from the additional space, the cabin also sports a touchscreen menu that takes its design cues from Samsung, HTC, and apple.
Going beyond form, the Renault Clio also features a motorway stability that can drive and ride through potholes and other unstable road conditions. Engine noise is kept at a minimum: although the three-cylinder engine gives off some clatter, the cabin experiences little mechanical vibration. There isn’t much a difference once the car has shifted into a steady pace compared to the four-cylinder. If you want the smoothest experience, we recommend the 1.5-diesel engine.
The interior impresses space wise but could use more improvement in terms of material quality. The plastics on the background cabin aren’t very memorable and some of the trims tend to be loosely placed. Ergonomics aren’t a priority either with the design. Form is a priority, but function only shows in certain features.
Otherwise, that’s the only downside we’ve seen and felt while test-driving the Clio. If poor material is not much of an issue, we recommend this vehicle for its spacious interior and the numerous improvements seen in the latest generation.
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