It possesses the same awesome eye-catching look (very appealing the red and black) and adequate standard features.
There are a few improvements on the Clio Zen, though the engine specs are still the same so continues to disappoint in the performance department.
The Renault Clio has some good kit for this model grade and price range.
Park assist, side parking sensors, push button start, keyless entry, rear view camera are all great inclusions in the variant one step down from the range GT-Line.
A 3D Arkamys Auditorium sound system provides the audio coming out of what I must say are very sexy speakers.
There’s also an option for a BOSE premium sound system.
The upholstery is also a step up from the Clio Zen with soft black velvet and leatherette (faux leather) trims giving it that nicer feel.
Colour scheme throughout the cabin is still dark carbon but with more soft touch surfaces along the dashboard and doors.
Not too bad for a cute, sporty looking hatch priced at $22,990.
I mentioned in the road test of the Clio Zen that it was devoid of a centre armrest, but now there is one in the Intens, I could do without it.
Attached to the driver’s seat it is a ratchet style folding armrest with a small storage area, and can be a hindrance while steering.
One other annoyance was the roof mounted middle rear seatbelt.
Manufacturers come up with a multitude of ways to store this in the ceiling; some better than others.
The Renault Clio method is rather rudimentary keeping the buckle in place with a magnet. If it doesn’t attract then the belt hands down freely distracting the driver’s rear view.
And then there’s the auto lock that locks the car too soon after exiting which I mentioned in the earlier review.
But these are only minor gripes and it’s not all bad news for the Clio Intens.
The A/C controls are auto and in a more stylish configuration beneath the more comprehensive 7” touchscreen.
The two-tone, 5-spoke, 17” alloy wheels are the most attractive out of the range.
Another plus point in both grades reviewed is the fuel consumption. It really didn’t drink a lot of fuel with plenty still in the tank at 7.2L/100km.
Probably the pick of the bunch when you weigh up the features and cost, though the Renault is lacking in some areas compared with its competitors.
NUTS and BOLTS – 2017 – Renault Clio Intens
- Engine: 1.2L turbo petrol producing 88kW/190Nm
- Transmission: Six-speed sports automatic dual clutch
- Warranty: 5 Years
- Safety: Five Stars
- Origin: Turkey
- Price: From $22,990