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Renault is the leader in Europe for electric vehicles with 24 per cent of the market and owns the fast growing Dacia and the Alpine sports cars brands. In the UK it is active in all the major market sectors, from city cars and superminis through family hatchbacks and the SUV arena. Between its main brand and Dacia it sold almost 100,000 cars here in 2017, amounting to approximately 2.5 per cent of the total UK market.
The Kangoo is one of Europe’s best selling small vans and is now available as an electric version (Kangoo Z.E.) as well as the traditional petrol or diesel options. There are two equipment grades – Business and Business+, and Bluetooth, electric windows, a trip computer and fuel-saving Eco driving mode come as standard on all models. Safety and handling provisions include ABS with EBD, and sophisticated ESC stability control package with Hill Start Assist and Grip Xtend. The Kangoo can take a standard British or European size pallet in its load space and there is the option of a Maxi two seat version which has a longer wheelbase and bigger cargo area, this second variant also offering the option of a second row of seats to make a crew van. Payload ranges from 650 to 800kg for Kangoo Van and 800kg for Kangoo Maxi.
The Koleos is Renault’s biggest SUV and being just a five seater instead of squeezing in a third row of seats it offers an exceptional amount of room inside, especially for those riding in the back where it is among best-in-class. The SUV can be ordered in either two-wheel drive or with All-Mode 4×4-i which has an ‘intelligent’ four wheel drive transmission. High end luxury features include hands free parking, both the front seats and their cup holders are heated and ventilated, 360-degree parking sensors and a rear parking camera and a large, 8.7-inch portrait touchscreen.
The Renault Master comes in a wide variety of versions with short, medium and long wheelbase Panel Vans, medium and long wheelbase Crew Vans (seven seats), and a large range of medium and long wheelbase conversions including chassis cabs, tippers, dropsides (all in single and double cabs), platform cabs, box vans and luton loaders. There are four lengths, front or rear-wheel drive, rear-wheel drive with single or twin rear wheels, two trim levels and four Gross Vehicle Weights. The Master has a comfortable cabin with a DAB digital radio, Bluetooth, USB, 12v power socket and on the Business+ versions, a swivelling seatback table which serves as desktop with connectivity offered by R&Go app, Media Nav or R-Link options.
The Clio is one of Renault’s best known cars and the current one is the latest of a range that spans back over 25 years. More than 13 million Clio models have been sold so far, in more than 115 countries and it is one of only a few vehicles to have ever been voted European Car of the Year on two occasions. Today’s version is a five door supermini sold in five trim levels and with a choice of a three cylinder 0.9 litre petrol engine, a 1.5 diesel in two power outputs and a 1.2 litre petrol. The Play and Dynamique Nav models can be specified as ECO versions, with even better fuel consumption and emissions performance. In ECO form, the 1.5 dCi 90 diesel returns almost 90 mpg. The Clio offers a wide range of new ‘big car’ options, including panoramic fixed glass sunroof, rear parking camera, hands free parking, BOSE premium sound pack, new R-Link system for on-board connectivity and access to downloadable apps.
Renault has a rich background in making high performance versions of its standard hatchbacks and the latest Clio Renault Sport models are the latest in a long line of sought after enthusiasts’ cars. There is the 200 EDC for drivers who want all the excitement of a hot hatch with everyday usability and the 220 Trophy for those who might want to exploit its performance on track days. The 200 EDC is powered by a direct-injection 1.6-litre turbo petrol engine delivering 200hp and 260Nm of torque available from just 2,000rpm. With a kerb weight of just 1,204 kgs, it can sprint from 0 to 60 in 6.7 seconds and max out at 143 mph. Standard equipment includes 17-inch alloys with Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric tyres but there is the option to have a ‘Cup’ chassis spec with a 3mm lower ride height, 15 per cent stiffer dampers and springs, 18-inch gloss black Renault Sport wheels, Dunlop Sport Maxx RT tyres and red brake calipers. The 220 Trophy has another 20hp and up to 280Nm of torque using the Torque Boost feature, available in fourth and fifth gears. 0 to 62 comes down to 6.6 seconds and the top speed is 146mph.
The Captur is Renault’s best seller in the UK and a market leader across Europe. Sharing many of its components with the Clio and Nissan Juke, the Captur is a modern five door crossover now with an updated interior and even more safety, comfort and connectivity features. For example, it now has R-LINK which is compatible with Android Auto, front and side parking sensors, Blind Spot Warning, Hands-Free Parking and a fixed-glass panoramic sunroof among its options. Innovative touches (according to version) include dual-height boot floor with reversible section, washable and removable seat covers and sliding 60/40 rear bench. The Captur is sold in five trim levels across a 20-strong version line-up and four engines are available, petrol and diesel, with mild hybrid technology.
The Kadjar is Renault’s version of the Nissan Qashqai and gives it a car to compete in one of the busiest market sectors of any in the industry. There are 27 versions of it on sale and buyers can choose between four engines, five trim levels, four gearboxes and either front- or four wheel drive. This all-wheel-drive system has three operating modes – Auto, LOCK and 2WD – allowing drivers to fine tune how the car behaves according to the road surface and weather. It has fuel saving mild hybrid stop/start systems on all manual gearbox versions, is competitively specced in terms of comfort and convenience features and has plenty of safety technology built in as standard across the entire range.
Renault pretty much invented the popular MPV market in Europe when it launched the first Scenic back in 1996 and its flexible, clever seating arrangement made it an instant hit with families. Four generations on and the latest Scenic, and the bigger, seven seater Grand Scenic, continue to lead the field in some key areas. It is the first car in the sector to run on 20-inch wheels and has other unique-in-class technologies such as a colour head-up display (HUD) which projects essential information from the dashboard into the driver’s line of vision so they need never take their eyes off the road. The Scenic has one- touch folding seats, a best-in-class boot capacity and it benefits from the economies of scale Renault gets from its partnership with Nissan to have many top end luxury and safety features. One is the Renault Multi-Sense system which lets drivers select from one of five modes. This covers the accelerator pedal and engine response, engine sound, steering weight, interior lighting ambience (five colours) and, where fitted, the speed of the Efficient Dual Clutch (EDC) gear changes.
The current Twingo is the third generation of Renault’s little city car and is a firm favourite with buyers for its affordability, practicality and fun factor. It has a rear engine/rear wheel drive layout, five doors and a decent carrying capacity. It gets a four star safety rating for adult occupants in the EuroNCAP crash test programme. One advantage of having the engine at the back is that there is more room for the front wheels to turn and they can swivel to 45 degrees, whereas the norm for front wheel drive cars is just 30. This means the Twingo has an exceptionally tight turning circle which is handy when parking in small gaps. Power comes from a 1.0 litre non-turbo or a 0.9 litre turbo petrol engine for the standard cars and there is a GT version with a 110hp engine. Renault makes the Twingo in different trim levels and all are very well equipped with comfort and convenience features. Every car comes with connectivity as standard through the smartphone-operated R&GO system and each has satellite navigation capability. In addition, the Twingo has a huge range of personalisation possibilities.
The ZOE is the flagship of Renault’s Z.E. (Zero Emissions in use) vehicle range and is an alternative to a traditional ICE (internal combustion engine) five door supermini. Renault says it has a range of around 190 miles in real-world driving in summer, reducing to 125 in cold winter conditions when the lights, heater and wipers are more likely to be used. There are three trim levels and all versions are offered with a battery hire scheme so the owner can match costs to usage, or an i specification where the buyer assumes full ownership of the car and batteries. A rapid charge version lets the battery be charged to 80% capacity in an hour. The ZOE runs on Michelin’s ENERGY E-V tyres.
The Renault Trafic is a multi award-winning workhorse. Among its trophies are the title of Best Medium Van for 2015 and 2016, and the Editor’s Choice in 2017 in the annual What Van? Awards. It is available in a wide variety of body configurations with standard or long wheelbase, low or high roof, it has long load design with little flaps cut in the bulkhead so it can take lengthy pipework, for example. There is a Passenger version too which is wheelchair friendly and the Trafic comes in three equipment grades – Business, Business+ and Sport in the van versions, and Business, Sport and SpaceClass in the Passenger options. Features standard across the entire traffic range include ESC (electronic stability control) with Grip Xtend, Hill Start Assist, DAB digital radio and USB port. Business+ and Sport models offer a ‘mobile- office’ environment with smartphone, tablet and laptop storage, A4 clipboard and flip-over work surface on the passenger seat back.
For so long a core model of Renault’s range, the Megane family extends from family hatchbacks and estates through to the high performance R.S. version and you don’t have to look too hard to find its influence on the Scenic MPV derivative, with which it shares many of its mechanical parts. The latest generation is a big advance in every area over the previous car with better engines, ride and handling and perhaps most evidently of all, in the driving environment where there is much more connectivity and far more driver aids. As of yet there is no hybrid option but Renault still has a strong engine line up offering petrol and diesel. They are fitted with a Tyre Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) and an inflation kit instead of a spare wheel.
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