Renault Clio 2020, agility

“This is my space and this is yours” Johnny Castle (Dirty Dancing, 1987)

And he said: “repeat it to me if you dare” and she did not need to be told twice “you are so ugly that it hurts to see you.” So since this morning, with a bare cry, there is no one to concentrate with these neighbors that I have. And you must know that I am an artist and I need peace, but I also have to live somewhere with my cats and my wires. Don’t worry, Antonio always rubs like that, it must be that he has parasites again. Where will I have left the medicine of the cats. I always keep it next to mine. So you don’t get lost, you know? Yes, an artist. I don’t sell much, sometimes some older ladies come and give me some money in exchange for one of my sculptures. It is true that some do not smell good, but this floor does not have very good ventilation. The patio smells like fried eggs 24 hours a day, it seems as if the neighbor downstairs doesn’t know how to do anything else. No wonder her son can’t stand her.

No, I don’t smoke anymore. I got into a fight with the neighborhood tobacconist. Before Luis and I were friends. We study together, you know? But he already had his destiny engraved on the wooden counter of his father’s tobacco shop, may he rest in peace. A good man Don Manuel. When he had no money he would give me cigarettes. Not one gave her son. He never allowed him to get hooked on tobacco. My parents don’t live either. I learned that they no longer existed a month after they died. They lived in a town in Extremadura and they were afraid to come see me. I, I would really go back to town … Yes, to the funeral, of course. They treated me like a tourist but I cried, of course. I have a heart, what the hell, haven’t I told you that I’m an artist? Well, well, what a rush. The truth is that I don’t quite understand … No, man, don’t go. I just have a few visitors, you know? That’s why I talk so much. Where do I sign? Here next to the bank signature?

Within the generation of new utility vehicles with aspirations (traveling, sports, etc.) the Renault Clio is a classic in its genre. Heir to the legendary Renault 5 has followed in the footsteps of its rivals from European, and now Korean and Japanese, brands, providing more interior space and adopting a more modern and dynamic design that moves further and further away from the more sober lines of its predecessors. It is one of the best-selling models of the brand that currently offers its range of engines with a hybrid system.

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Data sheet

Born in the 90s, this model resumed the success of the Renault 5, an almost cult car and now highly sought after by collectors, and now it is time to compete with a close-knit panorama in which it is time to compete even with new formats such as compact SUVs but in The one that the French house has wanted to maintain its own personality sure that they can maintain the streak after more than 15 million units sold and having marked the segment for years.

Always Clio

The Clio is a car that barely exceeds four meters in length that, seen from the outside, does not seem to be the result of a risky bet in terms of design change with respect to the previous generation, however the one that the house declares has been changed 85% of the elements of the car shows that there are many changes that do not appear at first glance but that as we will see mainly affect the interior and the driving systems.

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Externally, the Clio has an unmistakable family air thanks to elongated optical groups that extend at the bottom with a C-shaped part that comes off the headlights to accommodate the turn signals. On the front, as always, the logo of the large brand in the center of the upper air intake and held by a chrome line that joins it with the aforementioned optical groups.

Below a large ventilation grille at the height of the skirt that begins to be a design mark of the latest models of many brands that give a sporty touch to the whole and that we do not know if they contribute or not to better engine cooling . The silhouette of the car is sporty inspired and that makes it drop to the rear until the brief spoiler that gives another racing touch to the whole design of the Clio.

RS traits

Other sports strokes on the rims as well as the darkened windows and the handles for opening the rear doors that are hidden in the C-pillar, leaving the sheet metal of the doors that give access to the rear seats clean. In the back, in addition to the aforementioned spoiler, some high optical groups frame a trunk with a somewhat narrow mouth and a generous bumper that ends at the bottom in a lower gray plastic bumper.

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In the interior there are more changes with respect to the previous generation, with finishes much more careful in finishes and materials but also with new elements. It stands out without a doubt, as in other Renault models, the large information and entertainment screen that in this case has a size of 9.3 inches and not as vertical as in other models. In addition, the placement is very good since due to its height we will hardly have to take our eyes off the road.

The system is very readable although we miss physical buttons to access the most used functions without having to look at the screen. This system includes an Internet connection that allows you to download updates and maps, check the price and location of gas stations, weather forecasts and other information. Below the system screen we find access buttons for some functions and further down the climate controls.

Digital instrumentation

The instrumentation behind the wheel of the Renault Clio 2020 is digital and configurable flanked by the temperature and fuel quantity indicators remaining in the tank. In our test we were able to access the RS finish that sports some aesthetic details such as a sports steering wheel with the Racing System logo, metallic pedals or seats with red stitching on the front that we also find on the steering wheel cover.

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There are enough holes for objects, highlighting a good size glove box that is also illuminated to facilitate the handling of its contents. There is also a slot for the mobile phone just in front of the area where the gear lever is located. In our model, this hole allowed wireless charging and had a plastic mat with stops that prevent the device from moving when the car is running.

The front seats are comfortable and supportive, suitable for people of a certain height, and both the head restraints and the side restraint are effective in driving more aggressively. At the rear the seats are spacious enough, although it does not have too much legroom and this makes people of a certain height feel somewhat uncomfortable. As in any model in the same category, the space is designed more for two people than for three.

Big boot

The trunk has a lot of space, reaches 340 liters of capacity and can be expanded to 1,146 liters if we fold down the seats, although the loading surface does not lie flat like in other models. The gap to access the trunk is somewhat small although not much more than that of other competitors. The only downside is that it is somewhat elevated, making it difficult to load heavy objects, since you have to save space until you can access the interior. Otherwise it is very well finished and upholstered.

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As we have already mentioned, the Clio that we could analyze showed off the RS finish, which translates into certain aesthetic details that we have already discussed. For the mechanical part, we find a 131-horsepower 1.3-liter turbo engine with direct injection and the seven-speed EDC automatic transmission associated with this motorization. All a fun program for a car that barely exceeds 1,200 kilos.

When starting the engine, the good acoustic insulation that is confirmed when starting up is first noticed. Acoustic comfort is maintained when traveling in the city and even when we have to roll at cruising speeds, which contributes points when considering the Clio as a companion for long trips if we consider it together with the comfort of the seats and the good finishes of the cabin. One of the cars of this size that we have found more comfortable without a doubt.

Invitation for curves

But as we pointed out the 131 horses invited more than just some quiet walks in the countryside, so we set out to get some joy out of that French engine. The result is very good in terms of safety and somewhat less when it comes to driving sensations. That is, we can face curves driving with a happy rhythm without any sense of danger, so we can maintain routes of this type for many kilometers without getting tired and they are always a feeling of control, but it does not have the sporty feel of other cars with category racing overtones. Similary.

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On the other hand, the engine has seemed powerful and progressive and makes a good match with the automatic transmission that is again designed to drive comfortably rather than aggressively. This does not mean that when we step on the car do not react, thanks to its respectable 240 Nm of torque figure we can recover almost from any regime and leave power with practically any situation, although it does not allow us to rush the rev counter too much if we do not resort to the change Handbook.

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To complete this feeling of comfort and safety that we have mentioned, Renault has provided the Clio with a generous number of driving assistance systems to make life easier both on the road and in the city. In this section the 360 ​​camera is a great help for maneuvers while for the road we have adaptive cruise control, lane change alert, automatic emergency braking, high beam lights with automatic disconnection or speed limit sensor.

Conclusions

The Renault Clio 2020 is a car that has matured quite well. It has gained in comfort and habitability to become, in our opinion, one of the benchmarks in its segment in terms of comfort for traveling, even when it comes to long journeys. Although sportiness is slightly in the background, we have found a noble car that can be driven with a certain spark with great safety.

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Renault Clio 2020 is somewhat less talented in the city for a somewhat heavy engine and slightly limited visibility as well as a trunk with complex access if we are loaded, but they are perfectly acceptable sacrifices if we are looking for a car with all the ingredients of a great road and with qualities that compete with larger cars and for which we would need a larger budget. A good set of driving assistance and safety systems, as is the case with the Clio, are always a positive complement, on the other hand.

Final assessment

SUMMARY

It is a great little comfortable car and highly recommended for trips with a good amount of help and safety systems.

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