Words by Declan Glynn
The hotly-anticipated all-new Renault Clio has been launched in Ireland, to much acclaim.
With the previous generation Clio proving itself to be a huge sales success for the French manufacturer, the new model could not afford to be anything but perfect.
Thankfully, the all-new Clio is the most advanced, most driver-focused, safest, and most comfortable model in the Clio’s illustrious 30-year history.
There are four trim levels to choose from in the new Renault Clio – Expression, Dynamique, Iconic, and range-topping RS Line.
The new Clio is better equipped than ever before, with even the entry-level Expression model benefiting from full LED headlights, LED daytime running lights, body-coloured door handles and mirrors, and traffic sign recognition.
Further features include cruise control with speed limiter, and heated front seats, along with a suite of active safety systems, including lane-keep assist and automatic emergency braking.
Presently, there are four engines to choose from – three petrols, and one diesel.
The range starts with the SCe 75, a naturally aspirated 1.0-litre three-cylinder unit with 71bhp that’s only available with a five-speed gearbox.
A more sophisticated, turbocharged version of this engine is offered in the TCe 100, producing 99bhp and offered with a five-speed manual, or optional continuously variable transmission (CVT).
A four-cylinder petrol engine is offered in the form of the TCe GPF, a 1.3-litre unit that’s already been used in some much larger Renault cars, including the Megane and Kadjar.
It produces 128bhp and only comes in combination with a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox.
The single diesel engine option is a 1.5-litre four-cylinder unit (Blue dCi 85), with 84bhp and a healthy 220Nm of torque.
My review car was a Renault Clio RS Line TCe 100, which looked amazing in Iron Blue metallic paint.
On the road, the new Clio proved itself to be a fun, proficient car to drive, with excellent driving dynamics for an overall terrific driving experience.
Well-weighted steering and solid brakes ensure that the new Clio is a true driver’s car, while excellent levels of damping allows the car to handle road imperfections with ease.
Pricing for the new Clio starts at just €17,195 and represents terrific value for money.