Newspaper article Fraser Coast Chronicle (Hervey Bay, Australia)

Compact, Chic and Classy

Newspaper article Fraser Coast Chronicle (Hervey Bay, Australia)

Compact, Chic and Classy

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Byline: Grant Edwards

VERDICT

The marque has worked hard in recent years to improve after-sales service and buyers can get behind the wheel with the knowledge of a sound dealer network with spare parts readily available.

European good looks speak volumes for the Clio. It's arguably the best looking car in this segment, and appealing for both men and women.

Get past some of the French quirks, and this underrated little hatchback will win hearts.

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.

VALUE

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

One absence in the list is Apple CarPlay and Andorid Auto, which provides brilliant smartphone mirroring functionality which is becoming commonplace in most vehicles.

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. …

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