Renault Clio GT-Line review
With ‘GT’ in its name, it’s not really a surprise that Renault’s Clio GT-Line is eye-candy for many motorsport-oriented car buyers. The Clio has similar styling as the hardcore Renaultsport models, but with an engine that delivers sensible 50+mpg running costs. The GT-Line looks great with its GT badging, different bumpers, rear spoiler, side sills, twin tailpipes and 17-inch alloy wheels. A rear diffuser and LED daytime running lights complete the “check me out” outer form.
The Clio Dynamique GT-Line Nav 120 EDC, as tested here, looks the business inside, too. As well as GT furnishings, there’s a leather steering wheel, and special rally-esque Renaultsport seats. Amongst all this is the six-speed automatic transmission shifter. This works seamlessly, but there are also race-car-like paddles behind the steering wheel for extra quick gear changing.
The Renault Clio GT-Line, in this automatic guise, accelerates from a standing start to 62mph in 9.2 seconds - on to a maximum speed of 124mph. That may not sound rapid, but the Clio is light and small, making the car feel quicker than the black and white figures indicate.
The Renault Clio GT-Line is no fake when it comes to athleticism, though. It handles like a proper hot-hatch, due to a sports chassis and the French company’s special R.S. Drive system. This offers a Sport setting which tightens up the Clio’s reactions. The Renault Clio GT-Line’s factory-fitted Sport Chassis is stiffer than the usual Clio set-up, meaning corners can be hugged without much body lean. This does result in a slightly less comfortable ride for occupants, but that’s the price many are willing to pay for the sporty streak running through this Renault.
Speaking of occupants, the Renault Clio GT-Line is as practical as it is sporty. For a start, the car has five doors, making it easy to access the rear seats. There is space enough for four-up – or five people if one of them is a small child. The boot is pretty handy, too. The 300-litre load area is big enough for the shopping and a suitcase. More can be fitted in by folding the rear bench. Do this and room balloons to 1146-litres.
At £17,725 the Clio Dynamique GT-Line Nav 120 EDC offers good value for money, especially when you consider the kit. Equipment includes a touch screen multi-media unit system with sat-nav and Bluetooth. There’s also a bass reflex system and remote controls on the steering column. Air-conditioning is part of the hot package, and safety has been nailed, too. The Renault has a bundle of electronic utilities, comprising traction control, electronic stability and hill start assist.
Pros ‘n’ Cons
- Sports-looks √
- Handling √
- Kit √
- Practical √
- Not as fast as looks suggest X
Fast Facts - Clio Dynamique GT-Line Nav 120 EDC
- Max speed: 124 mph
- 0-62 mph: 9.2 secs
- Combined mpg: 52.3
- Engine layout: 1197cc 4-cylinder, 16-valve turbo petrol
- Max. power (PS): 120
- CO2: 120 g/km
- Price: £17,725