Renault collect hat-trick of trophies
Renault Clio retains ‘Best Small Car’ title
Renault have collect a hat trick of honours at the Royal Automobile ceremony in London’s Pall Mall. The fantastic Clio retained its Best Small Car award while the Renault Kangoo Van Z.E. reclaimed the Environment Award it first won in 2012 and the all new 1.6 litre twin turbo engine scooped the Innovation trophy in the Van Fleet World Honours.
Steve Moody, editor at Fleet World magazine, said “the Clio continues to be the best car in the supermini sector because it offers everything a driver of these type of cars wants. That means that it is not too expensive, has cheap to run petrol and diesel engines, enough space in the back and boot, and does it all with a dash of style too.”
It is not surprising that the Renault Clio is so popular as it returns an incredible 88.3mpg and there is no road tax to pay so this car has to be a first choice if you are looking to save some money. There are four trim levels offered; the Expression, Expression+, Dynamique MediaNav and Dynamique S MediaNav. The exterior of the Renault Clio boasts a sporty contemporary look, the sport look is due to the car being wider and lower and with a longer wheelbase that its predecessor and there is the option of a panoramic fixed glass sunroof. There is a range of extra features from mirror covers, grille, rear bumper skirt, lower door guards, the roof stripes and wheels, and in-built technologies which can all be chosen to personalise your car and there are seven colours to choose from. The new Clio also boasts the new R-Link technology which means the driver is linked up to the vehicle, their smartphone and ‘the cloud’, all through the click of a button. This system can be touch or voice activated ensuring complete ease of use for the driver at all times. Standard equipment is also impressive including driver/passenger/side and curtain airbags, Bass Reflex speaker system, electric front windows and door mirrors, Bluetooth radio with USB port and jack socket, ESC (Electronic Stability Control) and ETC (Electronic Traction Control), folding front passenger seat, Hill Start Assist, keyless entry and ignition and 7” touchscreen MediaNav infotainment system with integrated navigation.
Since its launch at the end of 2011 the Kangoo Van Z.E. has been acclaimed repeatedly by the media and was named International Van of The Year in 2012. Dan Gilkes, editor at Van Fleet World, said Renault “continues to set the agenda” on electric LCVs in the UK market and that the “facelifted Kangoo Z.E. simply takes the concept forwards in terms of driver comfort”. While there are other electric vans available, Renault has pioneered both the technology and the development of the necessary infrastructure to support these vans with Kangoo Z.E. Competitive pricing, ease of use, no loss of load capacity and a reasonable payload all contribute to make Kangoo Van Z.E. a viable alternative for van operators in an urban delivery environment. There are competitors, for now though Renault should be applauded for continuing to push the electric LCV agenda with a convincing, viable product like Kangoo Z.E.”