tested the new Renault Clio: Ready to continue the success of its predecessor

Revolution, evolution … Does it matter? The fifth Clio is absolutely ready to continue the highly successful story of the eponymous predecessor, who for the past four years has been sovereignly holding the title of the best-selling B-segment model in Europe.
We believe that much (unfortunately) cannot be resolved without a revolution, but in Renault, in the case of the fifth-generation Clio, they decided that they did not need such measures. We don’t know if Boulogne-Billancourt saw the frequent and apparently successful philosophy of Volkswagen, but it is clear that the French (instead of radical interventions that include a completely different body layout) this time made the decision to make the new Clio without deviating too much from the body brought with it by the previous generation. Underlying all this probably lies in the fact that the Clio IV has been the best-selling B-segment model in Europe for the last four years.

The fifth Clio was created on the new platform, and Renault’s “quiet revolution” down to the look at the fifth door from the outside reminded us most of the reduced Mégane two-volume with some details that the Kadjar crossover brings with it. We have heard many comments suggesting that Renault has only reached for a thorough redesign, but this is not the case here.

The extremely harmonious body is slightly shorter than the predecessor body, but wider and lower. Renault says they have provided more passenger and luggage space with the new cabin and luggage design solutions. Yes, there are nominally more seats, but given the category to which Clio belongs, it should not be forgotten that rear seat passengers in the legroom will only have enough inches here if the front seats are seated with a lower height.

With the special and richly equipped “Edition One” package comes the black interior, which includes a black lining of the roof and roof rails, and for the extra pleasure of soft and extremely high quality materials that, except for a small part between the front seats, are lined with virtually everything. Above all expectations, then it is not pretentious to say that this cabin is the best that can currently be obtained in the B segment.

The design and layout of the larger tablet of the latest generation multimedia system (Ferrari introduced a similar solution in its new GT Roma model a few days ago), and the seat design and the combination of materials that are coated confirm that it is effortless with the new Clio. it can travel far beyond what is common with cars in this category. Overall comfort is aided by solid ergonomics but also enviable sound insulation. Renault’s “power demonstration” has its darker side as well, and in the case of a particular car, the price is pretty high. It’s comforting that the Clio with the same engine, combined with the slightly less equipped Intens package, can be bought for significantly less money.

While the world is waiting for the result of a scandal in the French town of Dieppe, where Renault Sport has been making top-class sports models of Clio and Mégane for years, which should result in a new RS-branded Clio, Renault now offers one fifth-generation and two turbo-petrol units with Clio and turbodiesel propulsion options.

The test case was powered by a more powerful version of the renowned 1.5-liter four-cylinder turbodiesel engine, which offers 115 bhp and 260 Nm of peak torque in this release , and a manual 6-speed transmission is responsible for transmitting power to the front axle. The quiet and resilient engine, which offers excellent performance, consumes slightly more than factory data on average, so the modest fuel tank volume is not a problem in this case.

Combined with a solid suspension, precise steering system and efficient brakes, the engine will really be a great and fun partner on the road, and the fact is that the well-balanced Clio despises the understeer, which is a dynamic rhythm through turns very often an integral part of most cars with front drive. Forgetting open roads, bends and good pavements, we believe that on uneven pavements (such as worn-out city streets with often deep-pressed manhole covers), Clio would still be better able to handle 16-inch rims with slightly larger tires.

We predicted for the fourth Clio that he would be a bestseller. And he was. With the same prediction, we left a test copy of the fifth edition, stating that Renault (which often offers models that are appealing as a possibility of a global nuclear conflict) with the Clio and its crossover derivative (Captur) will never feel the magic of bankruptcy. the new Clio sits on the European throne again, but we know it’s bad news for cashiers at the few car companies that have B-segment models on offer.

Test car base data: Renault Clio Blue dCi 115 Edition One
Basic model price – Clio Zen SCe 75: 23,700 KM
Basic diesel model price – Clio Zen Blue dCi 85: 28,700 KM
Test model price with options: 40,000 KM

Engine: 4-cylinder , 4-stroke, turbodiesel, transverse forward. 1.461 cc, common-rail fuel injection, eight valves per cylinder. Maximum power 85 kW – 115 hp at 3,750 rpm. Maximum torque 260 Nm at 2,000 rpm.

Power transmission: Front axle drive, 6-speed manual transmission, tires 205/45 R 17 88H (Continental EcoContact6).

Fuel Performance and Consumption:Acceleration from 0 to 100 km / h – 9.9 s. Top speed – 197 km / h. Average fuel consumption per test: 4.1 l / 100 km. Factory declared fuel consumption: 4.3 l / 100 km in the city, 3.2 l / 100 km on the open road, 3.7 l / 100 km combined. Average CO² emission: 95-101 g / km.

Dimensions: Length – 4.050 mm, width – 1.798 mm, height – 1.440 mm. Wheelbase – 2.583 mm. Trunk volume from 366 to 1,069 liters. Curb weight – 1.277 kg. Maximum permissible mass – 1,702 kg. Fuel Tank Capacity – 39 liters.

Test Vehicle Standard Equipment:ABS (anti-lock brake system), ESP (stability control system), ASR (traction control), AFU (braking assist system), LKA (vehicle lane keeping system), detection system pedestrian and automatic braking, safety clearance, traffic sign recognition system, emergency call system, hill start assist, regulator and speed limiter, height adjustable front seat belts, height and depth adjustable multifunction steering wheel lined with leather, leather padded transmission lever, seat belt unmarked on all seats, front airbags, front side airbags and curtains, ISOFIX, all-seat head rests, tire pressure indicator, gear change indicator, ECO work program,LED headlights and taillights, LED daytime running lights, LED fog lights, LED cabin lighting, center console with armrest, automatic power on and rain sensor, automatic high beam switch, turn signal indicators in heated and electrically adjustable rearview mirrors, tinted windows, heated rear window, body door handles, front and rear window impulse movement, central remote locking, automatic air-conditioning, driver’s and front passenger’s seats, height adjustable, illuminated sun blinds, front parking assist system and back, rearview camera, automatic parking brake, 17-inch Viva Stella alloy wheels, chrome window frame, black trims combined with black leather, tinted rear windows additionally, black roof trim,chrome exhaust finish, LOOK package (exterior details), self-dimming rearview mirror, dual boot floor, NAVIGATION package (9.3-inch multimedia touch screen system with navigation function, MP3, Bluetooth, USB, AUX, DAB and connectivity function) with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, a map of Europe) …

Optional on the test car: CITY MULTISENSE 2 Package (360 ° Parking Assist + Reverse Camera, 360 ° Camera, Blind Angle Control, Multi-Sense® with several work programs and personalization of ambient lighting and TFT graphics dashboards) – 1.500 KM, ZIMA package (steering wheel heating and front heated seats) – 700 KM, nine BOSE® amplifiers – 800 KM, special metallic color – 1.100 KM, wireless charging of the mobile phone – 200 KM.

Warranty: 5 years or 100,000 miles.

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