It is compact with the same driving pleasure, interior space, comfort and safety features as the Clio. Even though the wheelbase is the same size as the hatchback, its luggage area can take 439 litres increasing to 1,277 litres once the 60/40 rear seats are folded down, not to mention the removable floor section which offers even more space. A simple but clever innovation is that beneath the removable floor panel there are cut outs at each inner wheel arch liner which the ends of the luggage blind slip into, so you can stow it tidily when it isn’t being used.
- Many other brands are busy trying to fill this tiny niche for a super mini estate and Renault has just joined the party. There are six models of the Grand Tour, two of which run on petrol, based on two different equipment and comfort levels, the Authentique and the Dynamique. All fall within the Renault eco2 specification with prices from 13,677 euros for the Authentique 1,2 75cv petrol version and from 18,890 euros for the Dynamique turbocharged 1.5 dCi 105cv diesel, plus there are optional extras.
What you get
Most modern creature comforts and safety features are standard on the Dynamique models, such as fog lights, pretensioned rear seatbelts, lateral curtain airbags, adjustable front headrests, air conditioning, 60/40 rear seat and radio/CD player with remote control on the steering column whereas they are optional extras on the Authentique models. Heated seats, climate control and mp3 or multiple CD players with higher output are optional extras on the Dynamique which are not available on the Authentique.
On the road
Slight adjustments have been made to the suspension from the Clio, which make the Grand Tour slightly firmer but do help to manage the extra load in the back. It has a speed regulator/limiter with steering column control which allows you to select a constant speed or fix a maximum speed (no excuses for speeding with this car). Darkness and rain sensors allow automatic functioning of the headlights and windscreen wipers while the onboard computer keeps you up to date with journey details.
Passenger protection is a priority for the Clio which provides three anchor points for child seats and has been awarded five stars in EuroNCAP crash tests.
The high quality steels used to build the body of the car have levels of energy absorption which provide the occupants with exceptional protection.
Find out more about the new Renault Clio Grand Tour and affordable finance packages at Comercial Igara, Poligono Industrial Guaza 2, Guaza, Tenerife, call 902 020 044 or visit www.renault.es