After driving the superb 66kw turbo Renault Clio 4, Tech Net Africa was given the opportunity to drive and review the new Clio 4 Authentique 55 KW 5-door model edition. Can this smaller engine Clio 4 compete head to head against its big brother, in terms of look, feel and all round experience?
The new Clio is longer, lower and wider than the Clio 3. This car looks damn good. The large diamond shape Renault logo in the middle of the front bumper and swept back headlamps, with LED daytime running lights, make for a daring revamp. The Authentique model comes with 15-inch wheels and plastic wheel covers. Renault also claims the Clio has the largest boot in its class at 300 dm3. This entry level model still looks aggressive when looking at it head on and absolutely stunning while in motion showcasing its sheer beauty and road presence.
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, ESP, Cruise Control, ABS and LED daytime running lights. The Clio 4 Authentique model comes with an R-Plug and Radio instead of the 7inch touch screen like that of the Dynamique. It also has 2x20W speakers, Bluetooth, hands-free telephony, USB, and an audio jack.
The Clio is fitted with Renault’s four cylinders sixteen valves 1.2 L engine. The 55 KW petrol engine is slightly under powered for the car’s weight, but Renault has tried to deliver a superior driving experience, balancing acceleration and efficiency, with a 0-100 Kph time of around 15.4 seconds and fuel consumption of 5.5 L/100Km. CO₂ emissions are low at 127 g/Km. The 107 Nm of torque ensures that city driving is a fairly pleasant experience warranting less gear changes.
The Clio has a starting card and a push-to-start button. This card locks and unlocks the doors and permits the engine to be started, its unique design makes it easy to be stored in ones wallet or purse.
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.
PricingClio 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 the rest of 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.
Renault has done an amazing job with the bottom of the range Clio 4 and I must say, after driving both the turbo and 1.2 L models, I am really impressed with the 1.2 L variant. Both cars contain that superb drive and their sheer beauty really sets them apart from the other B-segment hatchbacks on the road today. If you are budget constrained and can’t afford to purchase the turbo model, the 1.2 L is a good alternative. But the lack of power may discourage certain drivers from taking the plunge.Tech Net Africa gives this a 7 and half out of 10. Click here to share your thoughts and questions on the Renault Clio 4, on our forums (No registration required).