The world’s best-selling Renault has received its fifth generation, and this time brought a whole new approach. Evolution and refinement instead of complete change and revolution. With the new Clio, we traveled over 500 kilometers along the coast of Portugal and checked where Renault had made the most progress.
Without competition, the Clio is Renault’s most important model, even with the megapopular Captur, as its performance of over 15 million units sold since 1990 will hardly be outstripped any time soon. Also, despite the negative trend in this segment, Clio has managed to maintain stable sales and demand growth from 2012 to 2018 with the popularity of crossover models. Renault is well aware of this, and it has really made no difference in the development of the fifth-generation Clio.
In Lisbon, we were greeted by Clio in a brand new edition of the RS Line that clearly emphasizes the sports genes, and on our way to Evora, a small town full of historic landmarks in the interior of Portugal, we went with 130 hp from a 1.3-liter turbocharged engine.
Evolution in design, revolution in technology
For the first time, the new Clio comes designed to rely entirely on its predecessor, and at first glance the Clio 5 looks like an extensively redesigned Clio 4. Atypical of Renault, but Clio combines this success with its predecessor exterior design with the “evolution and revolution” principle which is thoughtfully refined with a brand new interior that brings more space, functionality and modern equipment and looks.
Although it doesn’t look like it at first glance, the new Clio is 100% new in comparison to its predecessor, starting with the all-new CMF-B platform.
Inside, the revolution is obvious. The completely redesigned interior is inspired by the higher segments, both in terms of visible and tangible quality and in terms of available technology. Indeed, the first contact with the cockpit of the new Clio pleasantly surprised us. The large surfaces, or almost all that passengers can reach with their hands, are made of soft and coated materials, so the new Clio is more comfortable inside than the German competition, which has taken a step back in this regard.
The ergonomics and look of the cockpit are completely modern but also logical, and in such models Clio definitely belongs to the most modern members of this class. Of course, it is dominated by a large tablet in the center console that integrates all the features of the R-Link system, but it is interesting that the quality of workmanship, resolution and thanks to the glass covered it looks better and more prestigious than on the more expensive Renault models such as Megane or Talisman.
The clever design of the entire dashboard added extra space for the larger compartments, but also for the driver and front passenger, while most of all we liked the driving position. The excellent new steering wheel is pleasantly thickened and ideally “rests” in the hands, while the driver is in the right sports position thanks to the raised center console and the gearshift lever, which is now high and closer to the steering wheel. The only downside to this raised console is the sharp edge on which the driver’s right knee rests, which is not too comfortable in the bends.
A lot of credit for having a comfortable ride also has brand new seats. Although slightly thinner than the Clio 4, they hold the body better and with softer padding they are more comfortable on longer journeys. U RS LineThe models come with additional profiled seats that have maintained the same level of comfort but still have generous width, and with the lower side supports bring extended supports in the shoulder area, which is especially comfortable and more dynamic. Also, a smarter seat shape and better layout has brought extra inches inside, so now Clio’s rear seats get plenty of room for this class.
With a very decent spaciousness inside Clio, the charm of the new platform reveals a larger trunk. It has now grown to an enviable 391 liters, which is the best result in this class and even better than many compacts from the higher segment. This result is even more amazing when we know that the Clio 5 is 12 mm shorter than the Clio 4. Also, if you opt for a premium Bose audio system that comes with a large “woofer” in the boot, this does not mean that you will have smaller or shallower compacts than other compacts. trunk. Renault and Bose have managed to pack this powerful speaker deep into the rear left fender so that it does not steal a single millimeter from the luggage compartment.
Great gasoline with the arrival of hybrids soon. Diesel as a necessary evil.
The engine range for the new Clio is as contemporary as its looks, with the current emphasis on gasoline engines, the hybrid model coming soon, while still excellent turbo diesel engines are slowly being sidelined.
In Portugal, first of all, we tried out the most powerful engine on offer. The new 1.3-liter TCe is known to us from other Renault and Nissan models, but in the circuit with 130 hp and 240 Nmin Cilly it handles like a fish in water and fits perfectly into the sporting environment of the RS Line model. The driver is very easy to play with convincing acceleration and excellent engine sound that sounds even better from the outside, and through turns the sporty atmosphere is complemented by a very precise steering whose electric servo system is brand new and has a well-balanced “weight”. It should be noted that with this excellent turbocharger, an EDC seven-speed dual clutch gearbox is required. While market trends say it’s a good move, we can’t help but regret commingling this engine with a precision manual transmission. Still, in sporty driving, with a little getting used to the brief gearshift delay and manual mode via the levers behind the steering wheel, the EDC can be just as effective.
Best-selling and najćečšći choice for Clio still being 1.0 TCe three-cylinder tubobenzinac with 100 hp and 160 Nm , which we tried the second day of driving in Portugal. This time we were greeted by Clio in a calmer but more visually playful Intense package with striking Valencia orange. Slightly softer suspension, smaller rims, 6-speed manual gearbox revealed to us that distinctive and excellent side of the Clio as a versatile compact for every day. The sheer number of kilometers along the old “cobblestone” in the old center of Evora and its surroundings has revealed to us that Renault has not forgotten its expertise in building a simple suspension that manages to be very comfortable but also dynamically capable.
Three-cylinder with 100 hpis indeed the optimal choice for the Clio, and with very good performance boasts an average consumption of 3.7 to 5.6 liters per 100 km. However, who needs a more economical choice Renault offers proven 1.5 dCi turbodiesel with 85 and 115 hp . Elastic, quiet and excellent performance will continue to be a desirable choice, especially in our market.
For those who need it more accessible model, Renault offers and atmospheric gasoline, but will in Bosnia and Herzegovina most affordable Clio come in 1.0 SCE three-cylinder petrol engine of 75 hp and with a manual transmission with 5 sptepeni transfer.
In addition to all these engines in Portugal, Renault has shown us a hybrid powertrain that is ready for Clio, and will be available in this model from the beginning of next year, also in our market. In this case, the 1.6-liter petrol engine is paired with an electric motor and a 1.2 kWh battery, and is specially adapted for the needs of the Cli.
Assistance and safety systems like the high-end
Clio boasts the most comprehensive range of driver assistance systems in its segment, with the aim of simplifying driving, increasing safety and providing greater peace of mind for drivers. The systems are divided into three groups: driving, parking (under the Renault EASY DRIVE ) and safety.
Thanks to a particularly wide range of driving aids, the new Clio has already received 5 stars in the Euro NCAP safety test.
News for the Clio is a 360 ° camera that “covers” the car environment and makes life easier in the city and parking, while an emergency braking system with bicycle and pedestrian detection is offered for the first time in one Renault. The highlight of the security systems offering is the Highway & Traffic Jam Companion, which is unique to the small-town car segment. Also, this advanced driver assistance system is the first step towards autonomous vehicles.
The new Renault Clio arrives in Bosnia and Herzegovina in September this year, and with a diverse range of engines and equipment, even a hybrid model arriving early next year, it is known that the prices of the new Clio will be around KM 3,000 higher compared to comparable prices. The fourth generation Cliom still available with us. Also, as was the case with the previous Cli generation, so this time the Clio 4 will be available in parallel for a while with