The Renault Clio is the fourth generation of the car brand that has captured the loyalty of many UK motorists. The model that it replaces is still regarded as one of the Renault cars worth having in the garage. Happily for Renault, in terms of appeal this new version of the Clio has a lot more to offer than its predecessor, largely due to crispier styling design and potentially lower gas bills.
This Renault model is quickly going up the ranks as the most preferred car in the UK. The unique eco version of the car maker’s 1.5-litre diesel engine that emits a measly 83g/km of carbon and capable of 88.3mpg, and the 1.6-litre petrol turbo that powers the reliable and greatly admired Renaultsport hatch will be available, providing Renault enthusiasts first-rate options.
For the time being, though, Clio drivers will have to be content with the customary 1.5-litre diesel and 0.9-litre 89bhp three-cylinder petrol turbo engine and the petrol engine clatters a bit at tickover. However, there’s hardly any vibration felt in the cabin, even at top speed. As soon as the car settles down and achieves a steady rhythm, which you don’t wait long for, you will feel like driving a far more sophisticated four-cylinder engine.
It revs up quite smoothly, packs a respectable punch and maintains its powerful momentum when the turbo power kicks comes in at an excellent 2500rpm. However, in inclines you have to be alert with the downshifts in order to sustain steady speed. The 1.5 diesel engine model is a little bit pricier, which can put a damper to the enthusiasm. That’s a bit of letdown since its torque of 162lb ft, eagerness to rev up and superb mechanical refinement suit the new Renault Clio just fine.