|Clio Estate TCe 90 Energy Expression|
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Well done Laurens!
- 84000 km
- February 16, 2014 13:39
The following ...
Roughly every 10 years we buy a new (or young) car. This time he was beside beautiful also are spacious and economical. From our shortlist Ibiza ST, Fiesta, Clio Estate and Rio only the latter scored on all criteria.
The test drive ...
The Clio we felt from the introduction to one of the most beautiful cars in the B segment, especially when came the Estate. On a Saturday morning in February 2014 was the day: we had an appointment to try a demo. If you positively different things running around on attack: the continuous back windows, the rear doors without handles, the wheel arches and the high-gloss black and chrome. The attention to design is also put into the interior. The steering wheel can be adjusted axially and vertically by a sufficient distance, where the view remains well on the beautiful clocks. Once path turns bad oversee the Clio. He has substantial blind spots, especially in the A- and C-pillars. The mirrors have despite their huge size too small field of view to compensate. Also, you should often look under the lower mirror. But these minor annoyances are offset by his behavior. That is primarily comfortable, but appears surprisingly sporty when you ask. This is due to the direct control, and the progressive suspension. In addition, it performs adequately and is pleasantly quiet. He is also very practical. The rear sections can be folded easily. Even with the rear seats in place the luggage generous. This requires some sacrifice legroom in the back.
Spontaneous purchase ...
In the showroom was a new Clio Estate, which, unlike the demo, totally met our needs. He has the color and options that we want: red metallic, black / alu 16" wheels, fog lamps, cruise control, radio / navigation, parking, etc. These options are not standard on the Expression, but are in some combined packages. On paper this Clio costs (incl. Towbar) € 21,400, but because the dealer had put him on license in December 2013 he could make a nice price. After some bargaining, he was for € 17,000 ours, incl. Trade (market value € 1000). The delivery (normally we oppose a new car) was only 5 days.
The maintenance interval is 30,000 km, immediately after purchase. Moreover, the warranty and service mobility ask for little. Extend beyond two years may, but is quite expensive.
Bells and whistles...
There is more than we want but again less.
Take the R-Link system. It lets you communicate, navigate, listen to music, analyzing your driving style, download apps, etc. Some of those gadgets I'd traded for more current cards, and then like Europe instead of just Benelux. An expansion card is for sale, but because of the price and the alleged pains of enlargement I just hung back old TomTom with maps of Europe.
The sound of the system which has 4x35 W bass reflex speakers, can be adjusted to your wishes. You can connect your smartphone via blue tooth to communicate and listen to your music collection. The system also has a USB and jack input, but no Disc Drive.
Fine that serve some of these functions to the steering wheel, like the cruise control (with memory).
The automatic hill-was new to me; it works very nice. What works well on the defroster i.c.m. defroster and rear squeegee when reversing in the rain. Much is also adjustable via the multimedia system. But then again I was wrong Clear tips teeth 1x windscreen, side-window opening completely and height of the passenger seat.
That all went well, on one thing: the lighting. We forget to regularly do in the dark light, because the dashboard light and (ugly) daytime running lights give the impression that the low beam is on. I think false economy, especially for a car for anything and give some safety warnings.
The test drive is attached! He has a great chassis that is in between comfortable and sporty. He drops in load, hard braking or fast corner out quickly in its feathers. The road contact and the exchange rate are almost unperturbed. What contributes to it is its direct control with an attractive speed-dependent energization. Brakes he does very well: good to dose and if necessary it will stop in a few meters. The clutch and throttle are also working very fine. The switch comes with a elastiekerig feeling and longish strokes. I have accepted, because a machine unfortunately is not available at the economical 3-pitter. That block thebreakfast fine, particularly through its turbo and gearbox. The first two gears are short enough to drive away smoothly, then he makes some bigger steps. V (elocity) 1000 (rpm) is sequentially 7, 13, 20.5, 28.5 and 38.5 km / h. That's just 'shorter' than the hatchback. At 120 real km / h takes him approximately 3100 rpm. The third is usable from 30 km / h, the fourth from 45 km / h, 5 from 65. It delivers 135 Nm at 2500, but available between 2000 and 4500 rpm always 130 Nm (see picture 4).
Finally, a point of criticism: the light output of low beam is moderate and fog lamps give little extra light. I let the dim lights rather quickly replaced by Philips Extreme White Vision (approximately 50% more light output).
After 3.5 years everything will still work properly, as you might expect. Renault has given a number of luxury tricks, such as gas springs for the bonnet, boot lights, lots of storage and stacking capabilities, etc. But there are finishing also minuses: released cover of the battery (does not fit properly), resonant interior parts, various scratch and stain sensitive plastics and beatings under the car. However, the Clio is better together than my previous car (Ibiza).
1 in 30!
A number of tools to make it economical: efficient engine, eco-button start-stop system, regenerative braking, a grille that closes automatically, low rolling resistance tires and the long 5th gear. And it works. The manufacturer of 4.5 is feasible on quiet rides and if you really do your best 3.4 feasible (photo 5)! But shows a fast ride on German motorways which the engine has to work hard. Then consumption goes towards 6.0. Such a power consumption it also has on short trips. We avoid as much as possible and consume an average of 5.0. At fuel we save more than € 400 with respect to our previous car.
When I Reds Profile Darkblade lmv purchased with Conti Winter Contact TS850 (photo 2). The wheels stand him so well that Renault performing the expensive version of the facelift with virtually the same wheels. I base size 185 / 65x15 selected, with the same rolling circumference as the Passion Noir with 195 / 55x16 tires summer. The Contis are doing very well, also is wear it.
May 2015, 23,000 km: A + B turns W. O. oil, air filter. Cost € 249.
May 2016, 45,000 km: I.D.
April 2017, 68,000 km: A + B in turn, spark plugs, filters, remvloeist, € 419.
The Clio Estate is very nice, good practice and takes in practice easy 1:20. The rate of appearance is mediocre clarity. It rides nice, with a good balance between comfort and sportiness. Expression has everything you need, but pretty standard looks sadly out. You can give him a couple "packs" Dress up for customization or allow Renault to make the choice by choosing a more expensive version. Unfortunately, you can not tick while automatic transmission unless you choose a less efficient and more expensive engine.
- comfort 4.0
- performance 3.0
- reliability 4.0
- cost 5.0
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