The new Renault Clio Dynamique.
ROADTEST FACT FILE
Model...Dynamique Tom Tom 1.2 16V
Mpg (comb cycle...48.7mpg
Loaned by Harwoods Renault, Wootton
AS A pioneer of the original city car, there’s no doubt the Renault Clio has stood the test of time — but, moreover, it has continued to evolve with it.
The Clio’s good looks and impressive reliability have made it a firm favourite with drivers, young and old, for years and, judging by its latest model, Renault will be pleased to hear that trend looks set to continue for many more to come.
On test driving the new Renault Clio Dynamique TomTom from Harwoods, my passenger (and fellow Renault driver) immediately commented on its upgraded interior, with gadgets galore and even remote control satnav.
A neat and nifty car though it may be, the Clio does not compromise on space and the cockpit was exceptionally roomy, even for my long legs.
The model I drove also boasted a soft-touch dashboard, satin chrome inserts, manual air conditioning, 16ins alloys with sport front wings and sports upholstery.
The automatic headlights, wipers and Carminat TomTom satnav, as standard, were also a big bonus and, although they may not be needed on the Island, the cruise control and speed limiter would come in handy for trips away.
What’s more, the Clio’s curvy frame and sporty presence makes it more appealing than ever before.
As expected, the drive was comfortable and effortless, with the 1.2 16-valve eco2 engine delivering its promise of good fuel economy, low CO2 emissions and supple handling.
These new engines reflect Renault’s efforts to move with the times, minimising its environmental impact at manufacturing stage, creating a car with emissions of less than 140g/km and ensuring the final product includes at least five per cent recycled plastic and at least 85 per cent recyclable materials — a very commendable feat.
With Renault continuing to reel off high-spec and high-quality city cars in competition with all its newer rivals, many might argue the Clio remains the original — and best.