The Renault Clio has been around for a long time, since 1990 in fact, and it has racked up in excess of 13 million sales worldwide to become the best-selling French car of all time. The fourth generation Clio arrived in South Africa in 2013 and since then, about 20 000 Clio’s have been sold locally. Clio has now received a facelift to improve on its already successful formula. Take a look at what’s on offer…
The Clio range comprises three equipment levels for buyers to choose from. The Clio range starts with base-level Authentique derivative, powered by a 3-cylinder, 0.9-litre turbopetrol engine delivering 66 kW and 140 Nm of torque. Claimed fuel consumption is 5.5 l/100 km. This engine also powers the mid-spec Expression derivative, as well as the top-spec Dynamique derivative, all of which feature a 5-speed manual gearbox.
Buyers seeking automatic mobility can opt for the Clio Expression EDC, powered by a 1.2-litre turbopetrol engine and mated with a 6-speed EDC automatic gearbox. This engine offers 88 kW and 190 Nm of torque with a claimed fuel consumption figure of 5.2 L/100 km.
The facelifted Clio now features a redesigned face, giving it a more refined, modern look.
The Clio’s front bumper and upper grille has been redesigned while the lower grid is now wider with a more modern look. The Clio’s rear skirt has also been restyled, giving the car a more robust look. A full-LED lighting signature is seen on the top-spec Dynamique model, which also gains LED ‘Pure Vision’ headlights. The headlights are complemented with C-shaped LED daytime running lights and the rear taillights also carry the signature C-shape LED design.
Authentique and Expression derivatives feature redesigned halogen headlights with high-LED daytime running lights seen in the lower front bumper, finished off with chrome trim along the bottom of the grille.
Material quality has improved inside the Renault Clio.
Dynamique and Expression derivatives feature a redesigned leather steering wheel, now without the previous glossy black inserts. The Clio’s cabin has subtle chrome components and the interior the colours are more refined and the gear lever and door panels have been restyled too. A higher quality fabric is used for the seats and Dynamique and Expression derivatives benefit from increased lateral seat support.
The armrests now feature new controls with a grained finish and the air vents present a new design while interior lighting lifts the mood inside the Clio’s cabin.
Renault now introduces the R&Go App, exclusive to the Clio Authentique derivative. R&Go is connected to the vehicle’s radio via your smartphone using Bluetooth. The smartphone is placed in the universal cradle on the dashboard and you can then access frequently used functions.
The R&Go App offers four areas of functionality including Multimedia (radio, smartphone music, USB/iPod music, identify radio songs), Phone (make calls, manage contacts), Vehicle (ECO driving, vehicle trip information, e-guide) and Navigation (Car finder, navigation Apps, CoPilot navigation).
Expression and Dynamique derivatives benefit from a 7-inch touchscreen with integrated navigation and multimedia functionality.
The Clio Dynamique, Expression and Expression EDC are fitted with a 7-inch touchscreen display with an integrated MediaNav navigation and multimedia system.
The Authentique derivative can be optionally equipped with the 7-inch MediaNaV system and a leather steering wheel for an additional R10 000. An optional fixed glass roof is offered for the Dynamique derivative at an additional cost of R8 000 and metallic paint is offered across the Clio range as an option for R2 500.
66 kW Turbo Authentique R206 900
66 kW Turbo Expression R226 900
66 kW Turbo Dynamique R244 900
88 kW Turbo EDC Expression R264 900
The Renault Clio is sold with a 5-year/150 000 km mechanical warranty, 3-year/45 000 km service plan and a 6-year anti-corrosion warranty. Services are set at 15 000 km.
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