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Renault Clio Dynamique Nav

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As a mid-range model, the Renault Clio Dynamique Nav comes with a decent level of standard equipment. The most obvious additions are outside where the Clio gets kit such as a rear spoiler, front fog lights, and glossy black wing mirrors that mark it out from more basic models, although they don’t make it as eye-catching as the super-quick Renaultsport hot hatchback.

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It also gets useful equipment such as keyless entry and start, air conditioning and a height adjustable driver’s seat, as well as Renault’s sat-nav system, with seven-inch touchscreen, and a leather steering wheel.

Fitted with the 900cc turbocharged petrol engine, the Renault Clio is cheaper to buy than a diesel version, but offers a reasonable turn of speed and decent fuel economy.

Safety equipment includes things like electronic stability control, ABS and emergency brakes assist.

Good points

The Renault Clio may be a small car on the outside, but it feels like a big car on the inside. There is plenty of room for four adults, and it gets suspension that makes it extremely comfortable on the motorway. All Clios come with five doors, for added practicality, but look like three-door cars thanks to the hidden rear handles.The Renault Clio Dynamique Nav has sharper looks than more basic models thanks to a rear spoiler and glossy black wing mirrors, while inside there’s useful standard equipment such as sat-nav with a seven-inch touch screen. The Clio does suffer from body lean in the corners, but it is extremely comfortable at motorway speeds.

Bad points

While the Renault Clio is a decent small hatchback, there's no hiding the fact that it's not as fun to drive as the Ford Fiesta. The Fiesta's EcoBoost engine means it is also faster and more economical than the Clio – and while the Renault is cheaper to buy, the Clio’s basic engines can get quite noisy on the motorway.The new Clio may be bigger than the car it replaces, but the rear seats can feel quite cramped for headroom – the additional doors do mean that access is excellent, however. Renault also has a flaky reputation for build quality, with electrical problems being a particular bugbear.

What you get

  • Alloy wheels
  • Folding rear seats
  • Tyre pressure sensors
  • Passenger & Driver airbag
  • Front side airbags
  • Curtain airbags
  • Front fog lights
  • Manual air conditioning
  • Leather steering wheel
  • Height adjustable driver's seat
  • Front electric windows
  • AUX stereo input
  • Cruise control
  • Sat nav
  • Bluetooth

Recommended optional extras

  • DAB radio

Our choice

The Renault Clio Dynamique Nav is best paired with the small 900cc TCe turbocharged petrol engine, which offers excellent economy, reasonable pace, and is cheaper to buy than the 1.5-litre diesel.

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Richard is a former editor of Carbuyer, as well as sister site DrivingElectric.com, and he's now Deputy Editor at Auto Express. Having spent a decade working in the automotive industry, he understands exactly what makes new car buyers tick.

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