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Test - Duel of two generations
Clia in Denmark


Duel of two generations

      Clio has been the leader in its class in France since 1991 and has got very good selling record even outside the country of its origin. Almost four millions of these small cars were manufactured during this time. New Clio II, which should continue in successful tradition, was presented in spring this year. Test of both old and new Clio models should show us, if Clio II is distinguished successor of its older brother.
      It is apparent already at the first sight, that Renault constructors invested a lot of work into designing of new Clio. Modern shapes of the coachwork are undeniably inspired by the prototype of city car LUDO, especially regarding the rear part.
      Because the strengthening of safety factors lead to considerable increase of weight, constructors tried to reduce as much as possible weight of parts that are not directly connected with safety. Front plastic mudguards are especially remarkable. They are not only very light, but if deformed, they automatically return to the original shape. This fact will probably displease tinsmiths. If it had been necessary to dab the damaged part or even to buy a new one, nowadays a repair of paint is enough.

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Interiér Clio II       Regarding the interior design, new Clio is already one generation ahead. Soft edges are dominating all visible space, while interior of older Clio is marked by the era of its origin, the end of 1980s. Angular control panel corresponds with currents of that time. In both cases, all controls are easily accessible and well arranged. New Clio pleased us by transfer of radio over the heating controls, but on the contrary disappointed us by placing of window control buttons. Instead of usual position next to each other, they are placed in line, so it is not clear, which button activates appropriate window. It often happened, that we pulled down the passenger window instead of the drivers one and vice versa. Seats are in both types of cars are very good as well as in size, solidity and side leading.

Interior Clio  I Interior Clio II

     Both models use well tested fourteen hundred cubic cm E7J engine. The only difference consists in the type of injection. While older Clio has got single point injection Bosh, new one is equipped by Siemens multiunit injection. It also has got 7 Nm higher rotative moment with improved course in the whole rounding specter.

Engine Clio I Engine Clio II

The test
      We had been driving in both cars a route 2500 km long under the absolutely same conditions - from Prague to Copenhagen and back. During the whole test cars were going closely one after another, regularly changed positions, the speed had been the same and particular stages had been finished by difference of few seconds. The crew consisted of two drivers. In the whole time both Clios carried identical standard test weight of 175 kg including the fuel. During the test there happened two defects on the older one: broken stop of headlight washer cycling switch and unidentified creaky noise coming from exhaust pipe holders that was perceptible in going into left curves almost beyond the adhesion level. We have no special remarks regarding the behavior of both cars. Thanks to its relatively long wheel base Clios were going over lengthwise protuberances very elegantly and were only very little troubled by transverse ones. Both cars displayed little understeering but were easy to control and with a bit of sensibility it was possible to generate also the oversteering.
      Consumption of fuel is one of the most observed factors. We were very curious as well about the result of the challenge of generations. We were surprised in the best sense of the word, because fuel consumption differed by mere 0,04 l/100 km! Difference in consumption during 2566 km was 1 l only. The average consumption of the older Clio had been 6,83 l/100 km and the newer one 6,79l/100km while driving very dynamically. Average speed had been 101,3 km/h.
      Besides this long test we subdued these two Clios to two shorter tests, aimed especially at fuel consumption under standard conditions in the city and off the city. The older Clio, respecting set speed limits, consumed in our test city Prague 6,4l/100km, the newer one 6,6l. Both values were lower, that declared by the manufacturer. During the ride outside the city on the route, consisting of 27% of highways (130 km/h), 69% of first class roads (90 km/h) and 4% of inhabited areas (50 km/h), the consumption of older Clio reached the level of 5,2l/100 km and the newer one 5,1l/100km.
      It seems that test shows, that there are no substantial differences between both Clios. Clio II had inappreciably lower fuel consumption and bit more boosted brakes. Noticeable financial difference appears only during regular service checks that are regarding the new Clio prolonged to 20.000 km.


Overall impression
Coachwork outlook 4 5
Driving abilities 3 4
Brakes 3 5
Engine 3 4
Transaxle 4 4
Space for luggage 4 3
Interior, controls 3 4
Price 3 4

* Price is price new cars

5 -- max.
1 - minimum

Clio I  Clio II
Clio I a Clio II Clio I a Clio II
Clio II a Clio I Clio I a Clio II