Lifestyle

ROAD TEST: Renault Clio Zen is compact, chic and classy

The 2017 Renault Clio in Zen specification.
The 2017 Renault Clio in Zen specification.

SEDUCTIVE with beautiful lines, the Renault Clio is a fashion statement.

Standing out from the compact hatch crowd, the clean design ensures the Clio appears more expensive than its $19,900 plus on-roads price-tag.

Updated models now in dealerships have the new C-shaped lighting signature (like the Koloes and Megane), gloss black features on the rear bumper, B-pillar and side door protectors as well as two-tone alloys which add elements of class.

The 2017 Renault Clio in Zen specification.
The 2017 Renault Clio in Zen specification.

VALUE

Sitting second on the Clio specification rung, basics are sat nav with voice control, cruise control, seven-inch touchscreen, full bluetooth phone and audio streaming. The primary options are a sunroof for $1000 and metallic paint which costs and extra $550.

You can also choose whether to have the air vents in red, ivory or grey.

All models come with hands-free entry with smartkey, push button start, automatic dusk-sensing headlights and windscreen wipers with rain sensor, rear view camera, rear parking sensors, economy mode, electric windows and a leather-wrapped steering wheel.

One absence in the list is Apple CarPlay and Andorid Auto, which provides brilliant smartphone mirroring functionality which is becoming commonplace in most vehicles. That said, the MediaNav is intuative and simple to operate.

The 2017 Renault Clio in Zen specification.
The 2017 Renault Clio in Zen specification.

COMFORT

French cars can take some integration lessons.

Take the driver's stereo controls, instead they sit on their own stubby stalk behind the steering wheel rather than being at your thumbtips. While well-labelled, you can't see it while you are driving, and you need to analyse the various buttons before getting underway.

And Renault maintains its credit card-looking key. It's bulky compared to some other keys, although you can leave it in your wallet or purse and simply hit the start button.

Another minor gripe is the size of the console cupholders. They're small, only able to handle one takeaway cup, while the door pockets are also slim and don't have bottle holders.

Yet it's an attractive cabin that has an upmarket feel which belies the price. Our family of four, with two growing boys, had no issue with the space despite the compact dimensions.

It also handled a weekly grocery shop with a good-size boot (bigger than a Mazda CX-3 or VW Polo) and its ease of parking cuts a swathe through the urban carpark. Rear seats fold 60-40 to deal with flat-pack furniture of sporting equipment.

The 2017 Renault Clio in Zen specification.
The 2017 Renault Clio in Zen specification.

DRIVING

Performance lives up to expectations of a light-car.

Don't be fooled by the turbocharger on the spec-sheet, it's hardly worthy of a quarter mile drag entry but neither will you be left sitting at the lights waiting for the power.

Once rolling the Clio is a well-balanced offering which is fun to drive. The dual-clutch automatic can be slow to change on occasions if you are really dropping the hammer, but we dare say most drivers won't be pushing the limit too often.

During hill climbs the Clio performed well and never felt breathless, like some cars in this genre can, and the 0-100km/h of less than 10 seconds proves its no slug.

Our drive saw the Clio sip 6.8 litres for every 100km, which was close to the official figure from Renault, albeit the little hatch needs premium unleaded.

The 2017 Renault Clio in Zen specification.
The 2017 Renault Clio in Zen specification.

SAFETY

Five stars comes courtesy of anti-lock brakes, electronic brake distribution, electronic stability control, emergency brake assist and hill start assist which are all standard.

There is no automated parking available on this model, but you do have front and rear parking sensors.

A rear view camera is also standard but it can take 10 seconds for the vision to appear after shifting into reverse.

ALTERNATIVES

Mazda2 Genki $20,690

Good specification and a fun drive.

Kia Rio Si $21,490

Feels underpowered, but has great looks and equipment.

Skoda Fabia 81TSI $19,490

Awesome value with impressive features, and a good steer...design not to everyone's tastes.

The 2017 Renault Clio in Zen specification.
The 2017 Renault Clio in Zen specification.

Renault Clio Zen

PRICE $19,900

ENGINE 1.2-litre turbo 4-cyl 88kW/190Nm.

TRANSMISSION Six-speed automatic.

THIRST 5.6 litres/100km (combined average).

0-100KM/H 9.4 seconds.

SPARE Space-saver.

WARRANTY Five years unlimited kilometres with roadside assist.

CAPPED PRICE SERVICING Three services at $299 per service. Intervals are 30,000km or annual.

Topics:  2017 renault clio zen car advice grant edwards motoring motoring advice renault clio zen review road test


Stay Connected

Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.

Remarkable ring recoveries inspire woman's own plea

APPEAL: Inspired by miraculous recovery stories, Dalby's Katrina Reed has gone public with an appeal to find her husband Scott Reed's ring (inset).

And now she's turning to social media for help

Tara cadets standing proud

JOB WELL DONE: Tara Emergency Cadets at the Tara Festival of Culture and Camel Races.

Cadets recognised for a job well done

Dawn just loves to dance

POISE AND GRACE: 14-year-old Dawn Love has been learning ballet for two years and recently excelled during her AOTD exams.

Miles teen aces dance exams.

Local Partners

On the road to glory

Chinchilla's Dan and Tara Czislowski have been racing for just a year, but they're on the verge of being crowned Australia's offroad superlite king and queen.

Jemma's bewitching voice

STAGE PRESENCE: Suzie Mathers and Jemma Rix in a scene from Wicked The Musical.

Wicked musical theatre star Jemma Rix has released her debut album.

This laughter yoga video will have you in fits of giggles

BEST MEDICINE: Karen Flannery is spreading happiness through laughter throughout Hervey Bay.

New members needed for a laughing good time

Dancers show off skills at Toowoomba Eisteddfod

Milla Rowbotham and Rebecca Gill from All Star Dance Academy .Toowoomba Eisteddfod, Empire Theatre. August 2017

Poems and dances dominated the 72nd City of Toowoomba Eisteddfod

Taylor Swift wipes presence off social media

TAYLOR Swift has completely disappeared off social media — and her fans don’t know what to think.

Swedish TV drama turns up heat

Louise Nyvall stars in the Swedish TV series Farang.

Scandinavian crime thriller goes troppo

Aboriginal artists' call to action

Anwar Young, winner of this year's overall prize and last year's young artist prize.

Important messages of survival and healing

Radio host Matt Okine leaps to small screen

Valene Kane, Matt Okine and Harriet Dyer star in the TV series The Other Guy.

First foray into acting a long time in the making

Hollywood’s new highest paid actress

Jennifer Lawrence had to settle for third this year behind Emma Stone and Jennifer Aniston.

CAN you guess who has dethroned Jennifer Lawrence?

Movie trailer dubbed too racy for TV

Alicia Vikander stars in Tulip Fever.

THE trailer for Tulip Fever is so saucy some networks have banned it

Liz Hurley, 52, has never looked better

She’s definitely not shy to pose in a bikini.

Life in your 50s has never looked as good as it does on Liz Hurley.

EXPLAINED: What the 'Costco effect' means for Ipswich

PRICE WARS: A Costco store similar to this one in Canberra, is planned for Ipswich.

Exclusive 'cult' about to change how families do grocery shopping

4800 homes to be built in massive new Coast estate

Masterplanned community full steam ahead - it's not Caloundra South

Open for inspection homes August 17 - 23

Check out this weekend's homes open for inspection.

Airbnb, Stayz and co tipped to squeeze Coast housing market

HOLIDAY BOOM: Airbnb letting is putting a further squeeze on long-term rentals.

Councils exploring options to manage the industry

How we got a rental straight away on the Coast

Rita and David Allara, moved down from Townsville, paid three months up front rent to secure the place at flash new unit block in Kings Beach.

Genius move helps secure rental property

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!