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Renault Clio 4 Dynamique Review

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Renault Clio 4 - exterior

Clio 4 – Exterior

Does the Renault Clio 4 improve its, somewhat dull, predecessor enough to give it a fighting chance in the very competitive B-segment? Tech Net Africa was given the opportunity to drive and review the 66 KW Turbo Dynamique 5-door model.

Shape

The new Clio is completely different from the previous generation. Firstly the car is much bigger and it has a much curvier design, which tries to capture the essence of a sporty 3 door, with its hidden rear door handles. It has a bigger logo and intricately placed day time running lights in the front grill. This daring revamp makes for an anatomy of desire in a showcase of beauty and road presence.

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Technology

Renault has jam-packed the latest technology into the Clio while keeping the price affordable. The Clio is unique in that it brings high quality sound, with its Bass Reflex sound system, that is often found in cars double the price. The sound system has some of the best speakers I have ever listened to in a car. The audio is crisp and clear with superb base.

The model we drove came with hill start assist, Eco mode, start-stop and a hands free key card. But the best feature of this model was the multimedia system, which is standard on the top of the range models. The 7-inch touch screen display, made in conjunction with LG, hosts a plethora of functions, from navigation to audio streaming and Bluetooth hands free. Renault’s new R-Link system was missing in action in the South African model, but hopefully, by the end of the year it will be standard in the more expensive models. The R-Link system provides a more thorough media-navigation system that allows you to download apps via the curated Android marketplace.

Renault Clio 4 - Media Nav

Clio 4 – Media Nav

 

Performance

The Clio is the first model fitted with Renault’s three cylinder 900cc turbo engine. The 66 KW petrol engine delivers a superior driving experience, balancing  acceleration and efficiency, with a 0-100 Kph time of around 12 seconds and fuel consumption of 4.5 L/100Km. CO₂ emissions are low at 105 g/Km. The 135 Nm of torque ensures that city driving is a pleasant experience warranting less gear changes. The engine is equipped with start-stop, which comes handy in traffic. The Eco mode, when active, offers a reduction in fuel consumption by nearly 10 per cent. The turbo technology in the Clio has really impressed me, as it does not manifest the slow take offs one would usually expect from such a small engine.

Safety

The Clio is an keyless car, as the key has been replaced by an electronic card. This card locks and unlocks the doors and permits the engine to be started, without the driver having to remove the card from his/her pocket, bag or wallet.

Renault guarantees the highest level of safety with a five-star NCAP rating. Some of the Clio’s safety features include: rear 3-point seat belts with retractor and load limiter on side seats; a seat belt reminder (SBR) for the driver, front passenger and the three rear passenger seats; front and side airbags for the driver and front passenger (including the ability to turn of the front passenger airbag).

The Clio engines also incorporate hill start assist to prevent the car from rolling backwards when pulling off from an incline. Additional active safety features include ASR traction control, ABS, EBD (electronic brake force distribution), as well as electric variable-rate power steering and cruise control with a speed limiter function.

Pricing

Clio 4 – 55 KW Authentique 5-door             R149 900

Clio 4 – 66 KW Turbo Expression 5-door     R169 900

Clio 4 – 66 KW Turbo Dynamique 5-door     R179 900

Keeping in line with Renault’s product range, the three Clio variants come standard with a five-year or 150 000 Km mechanical warranty, a three-year or 45 000 Km service plan and a six-year anti-corrosion warranty.

Overall

Renault has done an amazing job reinventing the Clio and I must say, being a previous Clio 2 owner, I am really impressed with the new range. The drive is superb and its sheer beauty really sets it apart from the other B-segment hatchbacks on the road today.

Tech Net Africa gives this an 8 and half out of 10.

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  1. 11 December 2013

    Michael

    Hi there, will the R link be available for cars already sold, looks awesome on u tube. I purchased mine in June and would like to know when it is launched locally? Will our systems be updated?

     
  2. 14 November 2013

    John

    Can the MediaNav play videos or only music? And what formats does it support?

     
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      17 November 2013

      Kyle Jordan

      Hi John, unfortunately I don’t know if it can play videos on the media nav, don’t think it can. In terms of formats for audio, we managed to get mp3 and wma to work on the player.

       
  3. 31 October 2013

    Michael

    when is the Clio RS coming to market and what is the price.

     
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      1 November 2013

      Kyle Jordan

      Supposedly the Clio RS is coming in December according to Renault at the JHB motor show. Price is still being discussed but probably will come in between R280 000 – R320 000. But who knows there could be a special launch price.

       
  4. 26 September 2013

    Nthati Molapo

    driving it is like a dream, I bought mine 5weeks back

     
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      27 September 2013

      Jason Malan

      Hi Nthati, Thanks for the comment. It’s a great car! Glad to hear you’re enjoying it.

       
  5. 13 September 2013

    amanda

    I’m crazy about this clio 4 exprossion I just pray that my deal will pass.

     
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      14 September 2013

      Kyle Jordan

      Its a superb car , I really hope you enjoy it. Let us know what you think of it when you receive it.

       
  6. 12 September 2013

    yolz

    does the car have radio, I was told it does not have cd player. and how come does the top range not come with leather sits

     
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      14 September 2013

      Kyle Jordan

      The car does come with a radio but doesn’t have a cd player, the system has usb ports where you can connect a usb drive with your music. To be honest its a lot more practical than a cd player. The reason why the top of the range model does not come with leather seats is because of costs, by having material seats it reduces the price of the car. The price is the major selling point with the Clio 4, there are not many cars with specs like these at that price in South Africa.

       
  7. 12 September 2013

    yolz

    does the car have radio, because i was told that it does not have a cd player and how come doe the top range not have leather sits?

     
  8. 12 August 2013

    Thabo

    Got a great deal from Renault Vaal with all the extras except for PAINT for R50 less than the other dealership where i was quoted for only 2 extras… To my surprise the optional extras prices aren’t the same… Is this something i wasn’t aware of?

     
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      14 August 2013

      Kyle Jordan

      Hi Thabo, what I do know is that dealers get a standard price list with prices for which they can charge their optional extras, but it doesn’t necessarily mean that they will follow those prices. So if you do buy a car try shop around and get various quotes from other dealers. Just so those dealers can try matchh or even better their price for you. If you have any queries regarding the Clio 4, go to our forums and talk about it, we have a page setup already. I’m sure other Clio 4 owners will be glad to help out in any way they can =) http://www.technetafrica.com/forums/topic/thoughts-and-questions-on-the-renault-clio-4/

       
  9. 11 August 2013

    nana

    I heard that turbo cn b stressful if u drive less than 100k. I love the car but i hate speeding pls help

     
  10. 11 August 2013

    nana

    I had that turbo can b stressful if you drive at speed less than 100. I love the car but I hate speeding pls help before I make up my mind

     
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      11 August 2013

      Jason Malan

      Hi Nana, I’m not exactly sure what you’re asking. What I can tell you is that driving a turbocharged car will give you better fuel consumption over a bigger normally aspirated car.

       
  11. 6 August 2013

    Thabo

    Just ordered one… Cant wait.

     
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      6 August 2013

      Jason Malan

      Awesome. Enjoy it! Let us know what you think of it.

       
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      7 August 2013

      Kyle Jordan

      This car is amazing , you are going to love it.

       
  12. 3 July 2013

    Ndu

    This car has it all but it is very expensive here in Botswana compared to SA

     
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      5 July 2013

      Jason Malan

      Thanks for the comment. How much is it selling for in Botswana? Have you thought about importing it if you’re interested in buying one?

       

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