Autotest: it is for this reason the Renault Clio (Estate) TCE 120 EDC so popular

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It is one of the most sold, and last year even best-selling cars in the Netherlands: the Renault Clio. I drove the 120 hp Estate wagon to find out where this French bestseller his magic to thank for.

Renault has always been a quirky brand and has been in existence, a true cult status built up. Louis Renault began in 1898 his first vehicle in each other. Almost 100 years later, in 1991, saw the Clio was born. The small Renault was very popular because he is economical, compact and therefore the ideal car for urban driving.

As said, Renault has always been a brand with distinctive designs. Now the Clio is not a very daring design, but unique and distinctive. To the front overlooking the compact drive aggressively to the world. Sporting lines running from the front to the back of the car to walk, let ‘m more on a, I would almost say (hot)hatchback than a station wagon appear. In spite of the simple ass, but thanks to the lovely deep black colour, an attractive couple, sporting matching alloy wheels, and I say Plus 1 for the design of the Clio Estate.

First acquaintance with the Clio

Although the Estate compact looks, you can see this on the inside not the back and you notice that not even if you have people and baggage. There is front and back enough space for adults with average dimensions. Thanks to the low-order chairs and sofas and a high roofline, you do not get quickly a claustrophobic feel. Also about luggage space, you need not to worry. You have a whopping 443 litres at your disposal. And with fully folded rear backrest multiplies this number with three. Also here I say Plus 1 for the space in the compact Clio.

The interior of the Clio looks good, but is simple and there is nothing wrong with that. The dashboard is uncluttered and exudes tranquility. The information on the instrument panel and infotainmentscherm is clear and legible, so I did not continue my leesbrilletje on have to put. The switches for the windows and mirrors are comfortably high, so you don’t have too much down having to look at them to operate. The wheel is for every posture correctly set and the chairs are French ‘bien’. Again, Plus 1!

To be quite honest, was my introduction to the Estate, on race Clio from the Clio Cup after, my first acquaintance with a Renault Clio at all. I knew where the sporting hothatches on the circuit were able, and gave me flashbacks. The station wagon has an excellent, sporty handling. The chassis is well balanced and gives you a familiar feeling.

Perhaps a little too familiar, as the car invites you constantly to quickly attract and winding roads. The automatic gearbox makes this so excellent work, that if you’re a real autorijder a manual gearbox not even fog. A disadvantage: at low temperatures around the freezing point, the damping is slightly on the stiff side. You can hear and feel than to do what bonkjes and rattles. Plus point for sporty driving. A minus point for the chassis when it is cold.

Pluspoints also go to the 1200 cc, 120 hp four-cylinder petrol engine. With 205 Nm of pulling power, this really is a fine drive for the nearly 1,200 pounds weighing Renault. Although the engine is not very big, you hear ‘m almost not while he is still wonderfully strong and supple. The automatic EDC six-speed dual-clutch reacts quickly and shifts smoothly. Only if the oil in the tank in the morning cold runs, the speed quite well. I asked myself in those moments, wondering whether the bake even still went up. After about one kilometer, the fry seem to already have enough temperature and it switches as it should. Despite this, however, Plus 1 for the engine and automatic gearbox.

Renault Clio TCE 120 EDC

The Renault Clio Estate positively surprised. He looks good, is spacious, and drives well and is sporty. He is there from a little more than 17 thousand euros, which is quite a considerable amount of money. You got for that money, quite a number of safety, luxury and comfort. If you have the Clio a bit to want to dress extra bit of luxury, wish, you, in the case of our testauto from around 25 thousand euros.

Engine: 1.197 cc, four-cylinder petrol engine
Power: 120 hp at 5.000 rpm
Torque: 205 Nm at 2.000 rpm
Transmission: 6-speed automatic with double clutch
Drive: front wheels
Top speed: 192 km/h
Acceleration 0-100 km/h: 9,2 seconds
Weight for road tax: 1.170 kilogram
An average of specified fuel consumption: 5,4 l/100 km
CO2 emissions: 120 g/km
Energy Rating: D
Base price (kerb): 17.190 euro
Price testauto (kerb): 25.300,- euro