You don’t change the look of a car that pleases. Or to the margin. A rule that governs since the dawn of time the career of the Porsche 911 and the Volkswagen Golf. A school that is hers today Renault with the Clio, the French car the most sold in history. Mine of nothing, in nearly 30 years, the city of the brand has attracted 15 million motorists. Yet at the end of life, the current and fourth generation still has trusté the first place in the French market last year, the second of the podium in the european. If the new model that will succeed him in a few days evolves aesthetically little by little, it operates a real technological revolution, ushering in the modular platform CMF-B, opening the way to the hybridization and the latest aids to driving. The Clio V preserves only 15 % of the components of the model it replaces. The nugget of Renault is hoping to block the road to the next Peugeot 208, launched in the end of the year and stem the rise of the SUV b-segment.

The silhouette appears more balanced thanks to its door-to-fake reduced. Jean-Brice

Parked next to the Clio IV, the latest creation of the diamond suggests tauter and more elegant. This is done through a door-to-fake before reduced, projectors, thin and have a light signature in the form of a paper clip, a sculpted hood, sides ribbed and rear lights in relief. The dimensions are pretty much fixed: the length decreases by 12 mm and the roof loses 8 mm, 43 mm at the end of the spoiler for the tailgate. The reduction of CO2 has especially directed the work. Nothing on the new platform, lighter than 50 kg, the aerodynamic neat, the pathways back narrowed to 12 mm, and the base keeled, 3 grams were able to be earned. There is no small savings.

The handles of the rear doors are always hidden in the amounts. Jean-Brice

penetrating edge, the Clio V you an eyeful. The city of Renault is the perceived quality of its predecessor, taking care of the presentation, and converted to digital. As long as you avoid the two finishes for the input range that only a plank of hard plastic, dials and classic an information screen of 4.2 inches. From level 3 (finish Bst), one has access to a multitude of refinements: a coating board expanded, a digital instrumentation configurable and customizable (7-inch version, the 10-inch will be available soon), a touch pad that is not unlike that of a Tesla. Sitting vertically in the centre of the console facing the driver, this 7-inch screen (+ 350 € for the version with 9.3 inches) impresses with its high definition resolution and the quality of the graphics.

The presentation is much more stylish than before. Jean-Brice

If the interface is to forget the old system in service on top-of-the-range Renault, the navigation in the various menus would have still been able to win in simplicity. Compatible AppleCarPlay and Android Auto, and has an induction charger as an option, the connectivity is boosted to the highest level. Music lovers will appreciate the quality of the installation hi-fi Bose. The driving position in progress has seats more enveloping and seat are elongated to 15 mm. Despite a slightly reduced, back seat passengers earn 26 mm in radius to the knees with the back dug out of the front seats. As for the trunk, he sees its volume increase (about 60 l) to accommodate three suitcases. Provided to opt for the versions with the gasoline because the AdBlue tank of diesels reduces the space of almost 30 litres. Be aware that to open the tailgate one day of showers, it is the assurance of having your fingers dirty due to a button positioned just above the license plate. Similarly, the rear wiper is really too small to carry out its mission effectively. Still, the Clio V is full of technologies. At the first level, it has the active braking emergency with detection of pedestrians and cyclists, the distance alert and lane crossing and reading of road signs. It may involve using the car park coupled to the camera 360 degrees (+ 600 €), a first for Renault, and in the future, a system to conduct semi-autonomous, that we have already been able to test. Thanks to its adaptive cruise control coupled with the stop & go function and to the assistance of centering in the track, the Clio takes the orders, managing the distance with the vehicle that precedes it and the retention in the lane without driver intervention. In the context of a traffic in accordion for example, the system stops the vehicle and automatically restarts provided they do not stay for more than 3 seconds stopped. Beyond that, it will be necessary to reactivate the wizard. You can leave the eyes the road and hands on the wheel for at least 30 seconds before an alarm reminds you to order. The at-fault driver may be destabilized by this system that gives the impression of being a passenger on a train.

Clio V to finish at the RS Line. JEAN-BRICE

The Clio V will be released in a few days with four engines, two petrol and all diesel engines (dCi 85 and dCi 115) that Renault has not been considered necessary to make us try. Versions of entry-3-cylinder gasoline air (from 14 to 100 €) will appear at the start of the year. On the sports version RS, the weakness of the volume as much as the reduction of the carbon footprint are likely to have reason of its renewal. Renault will propose mid-2020 a hybrid version of E-Tech, associating a block with 1.6 l air-coupled to two electric motors, powered by a battery of 1.2 kWh. The cumulative power is expected to be between 130 and 140 hp. The manufacturer promises a reduction of 40% of the consumption in urban areas through travel insured to 80 % in electrical. For the time being, fans of the gasoline engine will have to be satisfied with the small 3-cylinder turbo 100 hp and 4-cylinder 1.3 litre direct-injection 130-hp. From the outset, the Clio is distinguished by a sound and a comfort suspension improved, but by a traction control system and this very for an electric power steering system that isolates too much of the road, not returning the level of grip. The sport mode improves things a bit. The effectiveness is not in question, but road imperfections are not sufficiently filtered, and the chassis turns out to be as cushioned as soon as the floor gets pretty degraded. This behavior is further exacerbated with the TCe 100, lighter, and more sensitive to the roll. The 17-inch tires fitted on the cars there are probably not aliens. For short trips, vaillant TCe 100 will do the trick. It is associated with a manual transmission, 5-speed slow to handle. Associated with the box EDC dual-clutch gearbox, the TCe 130 will appear to be more homogeneous. His times are solid, and its low fuel consumption.

Our opinion

The Clio is changing in the right direction without sacrificing all of the qualities that motorists acknowledge. But to access all of the latest technologies that are the salt of this new model, he need to aim in the finishes above is necessarily more expensive. The set is of good quality and is gaining in luxury but we would have hoped for a road feel more convincing. Remains to evaluate the new Clio V compared to the Peugeot 208, his rival number 1. See you in a few months.

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Displacement: 999 and 1 333 cm

Type: 3-cyl. and 4 cyl. turbo gasoline

Power: 100 and 130 hp at 5,000 rpm

Torque: 160 Nm at 2.750 rpm and 240 Nm at 1,600 rev/min

Transmission: Mechanical 5-speed/EDC double-clutch 7-speed

Type: Pull

Dimensions (L/w/h): 4 050 x 1 798 x 1 440 mm

Weight: 1 178 and 1 248 kg

Safety deposit box: 391 litres

0-100 km/h: 11.8 and 9 seconds

Speed: 187 and 200 km/h

Consumption: 4.4 and 5.2 l/100 km

CO2 Emissions: 100 and 119 g/km

Price: 20 100 €/22 800 €


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