We are taking a look at some of the most popular models at Lookers and seeing just why so many people opt for them.
Today we are test driving the ever present Renault Clio and finding out just why this model is a favourite for so many, starting by looking at the features.
The petrol offering with the TCe 120 is coupled to a manual transmission – an addition which will make the model more affordable, Renault claim.
As for design, the Clio’s styling has been significantly updated on previous versions, both inside and out. The French carmaker say it has developed the B-segment hatch into something much more versatile and mature than its predecessor.
The sound and infotainment system includes Bose speakers and the new R-link connectivity system – features which give the hatch a ‘big car feel’.
Renault has poured a lot of resources into the styling of the Clio, which leads the way for the rest of the Renault range.
Dubbed ‘the most stylish Clio yet’, the model features an extensive customisation programme, which includes 30 different colour combinations, five roof decals, and four exterior customisation packs.
On the exterior the grille, re-profiled bumpers and a cleverly designed LED light signature features. To complement the latter, C-shaped daytime running lights can be specified on certain models.
Inside the cabin the upholstery, matt chrome trime and sensory details provide a comfortable feel inside.
The Clio has been both lengthened and widened on previous versions, which proves to serve three purposes – providing a sportier appearance, better handling and increased cabin space.
The latter, however, is not immediately apparent, especially when it comes to the back seats.
The polyurethane suspension bump stops and a quicker steering rack are notable features. This allows the car improved agility and body control, however it still handles remarkably similar to its predecessor.
Thanks to the pokey 1.5-litre diesel, previously found in Nissan’s Qashqai, the small model darts around comfortably, and a spread of torque across the revs means it can accelerate with ease in any gears. For even more of a kick take a look at our review of the Renault Clio RS and see what that model has to offer.
The typical diesel engine noise is particularly noticeable when the car is idle or moving slowly, however, in the intermittent period to 3,000 revs it fades to an indistinct hum.
The stop/start feature, which comes as standard on a number of the Clio grades is easy to get along with, and doesn’t cut out at unfortunate moment as it does in some of the Clio’s B-segment competitors.
A driver-activated Ecomode, which is standard on the Dynamique Nav model and above, can reportedly improve fuel economy by up to 12.
The basic spec Clio starts from £10,495, meaning the range includes both affordable and high-end (for the B-segment) options.
The new diesel engine, however, is only available in the top level Dynamique S Nav trim.
While its host of spec makes the almost-£18,000 price tag worthwhile, drivers looking to spend less are left with the option of one of the pre-existing powertrains.
Celebrating its 25th birthday in 2016, Renault’s Clio has matured significantly, and so has its target audience.
Facts at a glance
Model: Renault Clio dCi 110 Dynamique S Nav
Engine: dCi 110
Transmission: Six-speed manual
Performance: 0 – 60mph 11.19secs, 121mph top speed
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