Some might say that Renault Clio has fallen behind it's rivals in the supermini class but it looks like Renault have really 'gone to town' with the new 2013 4th generation Renault Clio for a probable comeback and to make it a strong competitor in it's class. With drastically improved looks (it's predecessor was beginning to look quite dated) what you'll notice across most of the new Clio range it looks a awful lot like a hot hatch. This new improved model is lower, wider and Renault have made great strides with a much improved, sharper and modern design that the Clio was crying out for.
With the new Clio you wont have to worry about safety, Euro NCAP crash tested the Clio last year and awarded it the full five stars and in a number of tests it came out TOP of all it's supermini rivals for child occupant protection, pedestrian protection and Safety Assist.
The entry-level new Renault Clio Expression which will be available with a 1.2 petrol engine, for an entry-level model you will get a decent level of equipment with the Expression including:
- Sound system with enhanced bass reflex sound quality equipped with Bluetooth and USB support
- Electric front windows and door mirrors
- Cruise control and a speed limiter
- Daytime running lights
- Hill Start Assist
- Electronic Stability Control
- Keyless entry and start
- Driver/passenger/side and curtain airbags
- 60/40 split-folding rear seat
- Height and reach adjustable steering wheel
Next up in the range is the new Renault Clio Expression+ which adds 16" alloys, front fog lights and air con. The expression+ is available with the 1.2 litre petrol engine, the 0.9 litre TCe turbo petrol or a 1.5-litre dCi turbo diesel unit. While the cheaper car option will be to take the 1.2 litre petrol models if you're looking for lower running costs the standard 1.5 dCi engine has a fuel economy of 83.1mpg and CO2 emissions come under the magical 100 at 93g/km meaning no road tax or London congestion charges! If you take the additional ECO option fuel economy and emissions are improved a little more. Significantly if you opt for 0.9 TCe engine (normally 62.8mpg and 105g/km) with the ECO features it brings this unit also below the magical 100 figure with emissions of 99g/km and an economy 65.7mpg.
The new Renault Clio Dynamique MediaNav will add some sportier looks to the range, with doors and grille featuring gloss black panels and chrome trims. There are also black or grey inserts for the alloy wheels, along with automatic headlights and windscreen wipers, a steering wheel with leather trim, sat nav and an an Arkamys sound system..
Next up is the new Renault Clio Dynamique S MediaNav, which adds chunky 17" alloy wheels, additional chrome trims are added to the side windows, plus you get climate control air-con, a centre armrest, electric folding door mirrors, electric rear windows, gloss black interior door handles and rear parking sensors. With this model you are little more restricted on engine choices with just the 0.9 TCe and 1.5 dCi available with neither being available in the ECO guise.
Options will be available for the new 4th Gen Renault Clio including five interior and exterior styling packs and two interior lighting packs. If you a fan of tech there's something called the R-Link which is like having a tablet mounted in your dashboard which can be operated via voice commands, with a 7" screen amongst other things it lets you; access your e-mail, watch videos, use TomTom sat nav with live traffic services and there will be more apps available via an 'R-Link store'.
If you're looking for the hot-hatch range the new Renault Clio GT and the Clio Renaultsport 200 should be available later in 2013.