There are cars that look like five years already really old. To do this, the Renault Clio of the current Generation is not part of definitely. When this started five years ago, heralded Renault’s chief designer Laurens van den Acker to his new form of language (distinctive Front with large Logo, a characteristic kink at the edges) for all Renault models. And, apparently, like this Design, even after five years: Since 2013, the Clio is the best-selling small car in Europe and the best – selling Renault model in Switzerland-most recently, with each year of increasing sales.

New platform

so it is No wonder, the new Clio the old Design fairly faithfully. However, the technical progress of the last five years, with new editions of the threat of competition (see Box) adjustments. “However, not in the Design”, says with a grin, Olivier Wittmann, Managing Director of Renault Switzerland. Therefore, the optical Changes on the Clio are very moderate, although it is based on a new group platform (which also allows for Hybrid and electric). In fact, the new Clio is 12 mm shorter (4,05 meters) and eight millimeters deep. Nevertheless, it offers more space in the rear seat and the trunk.

New interior

The secret of more space in more compact dimensions is extraordinary in the new platform, completely redesigned the interior. The Cockpit is unrecognizable, be wave-shaped swing provides the impression of additional width. The Central element of the networked touch-screen multimedia system “Easy Link” with the largest screen of the small class. The Display is facing as the whole center console the driver. Under the Monitor’s piano-like, although some small buttons for the air conditioning. The used Soft-Touch materials give the Whole a high-quality paint. And for more course Details, such as significantly comfortable) seats and head restraints or the back of the left fender built-in “Fresh-Air Speaker in a more delicate way (but”, which replace the previously bulky Bass Box in the trunk to worry about.

Revised engines

The engines were optimized. The 1.0-litre 3-cylinder petrol engine making 75 or 100 HP, the 1.4-litre, 4-cylinder with a new 130 HP at 1.1 tons in weight. Also on offer: a 1.5-Liter 4-cylinder Diesel with 85 HP and only 3.8 liters of consumption Cut. And 2020 a Hybrid version to follow. We travel at a first test drive of the sporty Clio R. S. Line, which replaced the GT. Especially the new, smooth-shifting 7-speed dual-clutch automatic, the come or spring-loaded suspension and the significantly improved sound insulation in addition to the ten to 130 HP and stronger engine (0-100 km/h in 9.0 s, 200 km/h, 5.5 l/100 km).

prices

What is likely to help the new Clio from September in the fight against competitors is the fact that its prices will rise only moderately. So there’s the base model starting at 14’900 Swiss francs, the sporty R. S. Line from 26’500 Swiss francs. Since it is fall, the competition is hard, to push the Bestseller from the throne. Because, as the chief designer van says the field: “This Clio is the best of all time.”

With a cheeky look and a new platform to build the Peugeot 208 on the successes of the previous Bestseller, 205 and 206. Technically it is based on the new platform CMP, which allows not only different bodies, but also various types of drives. So there’s the small Peugeot for sale start in the autumn, in addition to the known 3 – and 4-cylinder petrol and diesel engines as a pure-electric Version of e208. The 208cc prices are not yet known.

the group is part of Opel, As part of such as Peugeot of the French PSA, shares of the Corsa his technique largely with his brother, 208. The optics, however, and the Styling in the Cockpit, remain typical of Opel. And like the Peugeot, it will also give the Corsa with electric drive as a Corsa-e. The Stromer is not challenging but the Clio, but its electrified brother of Zoe. The prices for the new Corsa will be announced in July.