This is how the Renault Clio behaves in the test

This is how the Renault Clio behaves in the test

In the small cars are big news in the house: Opel prepares the start of the next Corsa, Peugeot leaves the 208 of stack and Renault has just pulled the cloth of the Clio number 5. As the most important model of the brand, the Clio goes into the autumn at prices starting from just under 13,000 euros in the trade and should maintain its place in the compact class, especially with intrinsic values.

Lots of space and high-quality ambience

From the outside, the new Clio looks almost the same as the old, and the format is almost the same at a length of 4.05 and a wheelbase of 2.58 meters. But inside, the generational change is all the clearer. For where previously prevailed hard plastic, now fine plastics and soft-touch paints are used. Together with the large, up-mounted touch screen in the center console and a fairly large screen between two analogue displays behind the wheel, the Clio now looks as noble as an Audi A1 or a Mini.

On top of that there is more space for the premium ambience: although a high center console conveys a sporty feeling thanks to the short gear stick, the occupants are a bit tight. Backbenchers, on the other hand, can look forward to an impressive three centimeters more knee freedom. In addition, the trunk is growing by about 15 percent. Now he sums up to Renault bill 391 liters, making it the largest in the class. Together with the success of the SUV Capture in the same class, this is obviously reason enough to offer the previous Clio station wagon in the future.

Online infotainment and driving assistance on highways

Much has also been done in terms of equipment: The infotainment goes online, and with a motorway and traffic jam assistant makes the Clio is the first Renault a big step towards autonomous driving: up to 160 km / h he stops on highways distance and track, follows the Front man and releases the driver at least for a few seconds. It almost feels like a sedan from the upper middle class. You download the updates “Over The Air” via a built-in modem and without a workshop visit.

In many ways, the new Clio is at the forefront. At first glance, it only looks frighteningly conventional when it comes to the drive. Because even if the French praise him as a pioneer of electrification, there are initially only normal burners. However, they do a really good job. In addition, there will be at least one hybrid next year, which will drive 80 percent of the city’s traffic and thus save up to 40 percent on fuel. In any case, Renault does not have to provide a response to an electric Opel Corsa or a Peugeot 208e with the Clio. After all, the French sell in this class for almost ten years, the Zoe and thus lead in Europe so far the electric charts.

Not very fast, but solid gasoline

For the first time, the French are modest about the engines. At least in the grid there is the Clio only with a 1.0-liter three-cylinder, which makes as a sucker 48 kW / 65 hp or 54 kW / 73 hp and comes as turbo to 74 kW / 100 hp. In addition, the French have a 1.3-liter four-cylinder with 96 kW / 130 hp on offer. Diesel is no longer available in Germany.

Although the performance of the burners on paper are rather meager. With a sprint value of 9.0 seconds and a top speed of 200 km / h, even the top model fights hard with duels with dynamics like the Ford Fiesta or VW Polo, which are available with much stronger engines. And the sleek look of the new RS-Line is certainly not a substitute for a model with more power. But in practice, the small car surprisingly nimble and, above all, very grown-up. The chassis is sovereign, the steering precise, and even as a long-haul car on the highway, the city car is serious. If you put your hands on the steering wheel in between, you will enjoy driving.

Conclusion: evolution instead of revolution

You notice the Clio on every meter, how much experience and success Renault has with the small car. How good he was, how much better he has become and how skillfully the French change their recipe for success. Even if the revolution fails, the evolution is clearly noticeable. In this way, the Clio remains a fixture in a segment that is changing dramatically with more and more SUVs and new Stromern.

Data sheet: Renault Clio TCe 130

Engine and drive: four-cylinder turbocharged petrol direct injection
Displacement: 1333 ccm Max.
Power: 96 kW / 130 hp at 5,000 rpm
Max. Torque: 240 Nm at 1,600 rpm
Drive: front-wheel drive
Transmission: 7-speed dual clutch transmission

mass and weight
Length: 4050 mm
Width: 1798 mm
Height: 1440 mm
Wheelbase: 2583 mm
Curb weight: 1,248 kg
Load: 425 kg
Boot volume: 391-1096 liters

driving data
Top speed: 200 km / h
Acceleration 0-100 km / h: 9.0 s
Average consumption: 5.2 liters / 100 km
Roak range: 810 km
CO2 emission: 119 g / km
Fuel: Super
Emission class: Eu6D temp
Energy efficiency class: K. A.
Base price of the model range: 12,990 euros
Basic price of the Renault Clio Tce130: k.A.
Type classes: k.A.
Vehicle tax: 76 euros

Important standard equipment
Security: Se
airbags, LED headlights, emergency brake assist
Comfort: climate control, tempo limiter, central locking
Fuel-saving technology: start-stop system

Year All data according to manufacturer, GDV, Schwacke

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