CAPE TOWN, South Africa – The iconic Renault Clio, the French automaker says, is almost synonymous with the Renault brand itself and this year (2022) is celebrating its 30th year of production.
”Through 30 years of stylistic and technological evolution,” the company told The Corner, ”the Clio has become Groupe Renault’s global best-seller – more than 15-million deliveries.”
Here in sunny South Africa the Clio has not yet managed three decades – it arrived in the year 2000 – with the engines and trimmings of the Gen 2 Clio. ”Since then,” the local management told The Corner, “it’s received just as much love from its loyal SA owners and many industry accolades.”
Car of the Year twice – Clio I in 1991 and again in 2006 with the Clio Gen3. In 2000 LIO III generation.
In 2000 the Clio II was nominated as Car of the Year in South Africa.
The Clio model offers first class reliability, a claim backed by Independent and in-house studies internationally. Its quality has been applauded by leading global authorities, thanks to its extremely rigorous build quality making it one of the most reliable cars in the B-segment.
”Over the years,” Renault says, ”we’ve preserved this city-car’s DNA, but now was the time to make the Clio even more contemporary, more athletic while building on the four generations that created the Clio saga.” So,,,
- This latest model, as did its parents and grandparents, has borrowed tech from higher-segment vehicles.
- From Clio II, it’s taken high standards of habitability and comfort.
- Like Clio III, it’s increased dimensions.
- From Clio IV it’s inherited strong design – and from many models it has been given a 5-star EuroN-CAP safety rating.
More than 34 800 Clio IV units have been delivered in SA since 2013…
- 2012 – A ‘Small Car’ Golden Steering-wheel (Germany)
- ‘Best Production Car’ – 2012 Paris Motor Show
- European Car of The Year finalist 2013
- Top 3 ‘Most Beautiful Car of 2012’ awards
- 2013 World Design Car of The Year finalist
The driver-orientated cabin has a range of equipment that includes a 28cm infotainment touchscreen, multi-sense driving modes, parking radar, and cruise control. There are also active and passive warning features such as lane departure warning and high-beam alert.
Motive power comes from a 1000cc turbocharged engine capable of generating 74kW.
DYNAMIC BODYSHELL VITAL FROM THE START
Renault says ”attractive styling with sensual lines, a dynamic profile, sculpted sides and an assertive presence” along with a lower roof has created the impression of a coupe-like design.
That, in turn, required the creation of a broader and raised radiator grille, C-shaped diode headlights and daytime running lights, wider ”shoulders”, and a revised back end decorated with larger diode tail-lights. Chromed finishes and concealed rear door-releases have, Renault says, ”given the Clio a feel of elegance and a coupe-like profile”.
THERE’S A ‘SMART’ COCKPIT
The car’s interior has, Renault asserts, ”undergone a revolution” – with cocooning seats and customisable ambient lighting generating extra driving pleasure.
The already-mentioned turbo engine is a three-cylinder, 74kW/160Nm unit marginally more powerful than its predecessor and a claimed 10% more fuel-frugal than the previous model – 5.7 litres/100km is the claim.
Suspension and sound-proofing have been improved and eight audio speakers installed and keyless entry installed while road-safety features include parking radar, stability control, anti-lock brakes with electronic pressure distribution, and panic pressure assistance.
Crash mitigation features include front and side crash-bags, pre-tensioning crash restraints, anti-whiplash head restraints and IsoFix kiddyseat anchors are all present.
Units will be delivered with a five-year or 150 000km (wcf) mechanical warranty and a six-year anti-corrosion warranty. Services required at 15 000km intervals and a standard two-year or 30 000km (wcf) service plan will apply.
Colour choice at launch will be red, silver, titanium, of black metallic and white or grey non-metallic. Models will be distinguished as LIFE (entry), ZEN (mid-spec) and INTENS top end.
RECOMMENDED RETAIL PRICES IN SOUTH AFRICA
Clio V 1.0 Turbo LIFE – R309 900
Clio V 1.0 Turbo ZEN – R324 900
Clio V 1.0 Turbo INTENS – R349 900
Options include metallic paint (R2 500) and INTENS pack – R15 000