Renaultsport Clio GT-Line 120 EDC Review
Renaultsport Clio GT-Line 120 EDC Styling
The Renaultsport Clio GT-Line 120 is reminiscent of Goldilocks' porridge. It is “not too hot”, it is “not too cold” - it is “just right”. Why? Because the Clio range comes in two flavours. Standard versions cost relatively little and represent easy to live with, no-nonsense, transport that excels in town. This task is achieved with some flair. Renaultsport versions, in contrast, better suit thrill seekers that want something faster and more engaging. The latter – in top-spec Lux EDC form – is very powerful for a supermini and this is reflected in the price tag, fuel consumption, carbon emissions and insurance group. Fair enough for a car that produces 200bhp and hits 62mph in 6.7 seconds. In contrast, the Clio GT-Line 120 – which is more thrilling than the standard range - shares many of its high-powered sibling's strengths but is cheaper to purchase and run. Hence Goldilocks' porridge. Similarities to its powerful bedfellow include the sporty styling that includes: seventeen-inch alloy wheels, twin-chrome exhaust pipes, a rear diffuser, rear spoiler, body-coloured handles, special badging, tinted windows and prominent colours. The interior is memorable too. Sport-focussed highlights include: special upholstery, GT kick plates and a dark leather steering wheel that looks “just right”.
Renaultsport Clio GT-Line 120 EDC Performance, Fuel Efficiency, Emissions, Equipment
The Renaultsport Clio GT-Line 120 is powered by a 1.2-litre, 120bhp, petrol engine that propels it to 62mph in 9.9 seconds. Whereas that is modest compared to the more powerful trim, this hot-hatch feels faster than its time suggests. That is partly as it has a pleasing amount of torque for picking-up speed throughout the rev-range (140lb ft at 2,000rpm). Furthermore, modest power ensures that it averages a highly respectable 54.3mpg and emissions are only 120g/km. The latter equates to Road Tax Band C so it can be taxed for free in year one. The subsequent cost is £30 (current rates). The handling is excellent too. As such, the stiffened chassis corners beautifully and feedback through the steering inspires confidence. Also, the six-speed, dual-clutch, automatic transmission responds quickly and enables the motorist to cruise in full-auto mode or select the cogs manually via paddles behind the steering wheel. And there is more. Switching from “normal” to “sport” mode stiffens the steering and tweaks the transmission/throttle response for an even more engaging feel. Standard equipment includes sat-nav, cruise control and hill-start assist. All from £17,395. Like Goldilocks' porridge, that is “just right”.