2008 Renault Clio | new car review

Posted on Jun 25, 2009 by

The Clio III has
received many an accolade in world markets including scooping the
European Car of the Year award in 2006. It is a good small hatch with
high levels of safety but that has not really helped it to gain a
foothold in the demanding Middle East market where the Renault brand
has yet to gain prominence.

The Clio has been one of
the mainstays of this French manufacturer and is a capable commuter.
This third-generation Clio’s adopts Renault’s familiar corporate
look and the front end actually looks pretty cool with its stubby
bonnet and mixture of fog lights, halogen high beams and HID xenon
secondary globes, the latter being encased in classy-looking teardrop
silver bezels. A rising shoulder line, though you’d never notice
it, and prominent grille combine to give the car a distinctive
appearance.

Overall the car is quite
curvaceous – yet well proportioned with its short overhangs – and the
brake light cluster highlights the curvy theme with its spherical
designs. A small roof spoiler at the rear, with integrated LED brake
light cluster looks nice, and the five-spoke alloy wheels, while only
15 inches in diameter, actually look really sporty, which is due to
the tyre’s low-profile sidewalls.

The warm and carefully
finished interior will take up to four people in comfort and five at
a squeeze. In precise response to customer demand, the new model can
be ordered in a choice of six different interior trim levels and
three equipment levels.

The hottest Clio
available in the region is the extremely nippy Clio Renaultsport 197
which has been hailed by many as the undisputed small hot hatch class
benchmark.

 

 

Technical Specifications
Engine1.4-litre 4-Cyl2.0-litre 4-Cyl
Power98/100 Bhp182 Bhp
Torque127 Nm200 Nm
TransmissionManual/AutomaticManual/Automatic
Price Range

Starts from UAE Dirhams 35,000 – upto 71,000*

* Prices are indicative and may vary at
the time of purchase. All prices are ex-Dubai showrooms. Please check
with your local dealer for current prices and offers.

Competition

Toyota Yaris
Ford Fiesta
Honda Jazz
Peugeot 206/207

 

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