Renault Clio & Captur: New Tech And Specification Upgrades

Whilst there was nothing fundamentally wrong in the first place with the Captur compact crossover and the Clio hatchback it shares a lot under the skin with, Renault has seen it fit to update their respective ranges with some new gadgets and gizmos.

The big change is that now both cars - once fitted with the 90hp 1.5 diesel engine - can be equipped with a more mainstream version of the same EDC six-speed dual clutch automatic transmission that's featured on the RenaultSport Clio hot hatchback.

This, Renault claims, makes the pair the (on paper, at least) most efficient automatic diesel cars in their respective classes, with the Clio EDC model managing an alleged 76mpg on the combined cycle, and a tax-exempt-for-the-time-being 95g/km of CO2 emissions.

A similar story can be told for the EDC-equipped Captur, which can supposedly return a maximum 72mpg and chug out a 20 annual tax bill in the form of 103 grammes of carbon dioxide for every 1,000 metres.

Renault Clio EDC

To top it all off, another port from the RenaultSport Clio features list - a rear parking camera, no less - is now available for the first time in the standard range.

It is worth pointing out, though, that the EDC transmission is only available on the Dynamique MediaNav and Dynamique MediaNav S variants of the Clio and Captur, for a 1,000 and 1,300 premium over the manual-equipped Captur and Clio models respectively, whereas the parking camera is a Clio-exclusive option on MediaNav models for 350.

Another new spec sheet alteration is now available on the medium rare cousin to the RS Clio, the warm hatch 1.2 GT-Line 120 model - once the sole preserve of the compact car's performance flagship, the updated RenaultSport Monitor 2.0 system is now available on the GT-Line Clio as well.

RenaultSport Monitor

And it's a particular treat for track day enthusiasts, or drivers who simply want to record/brag about their telemetry data on the multitude of drives they'll do in the car: along with a host of other options, drivers can select functions that record 0-60mph times, display g-forces, run GPS-operated stopwatches and - making its debut on RS Monitor 2.0 - an advanced data logging function where you can be upload and view the recorded data onto a computer for further analysis and evaluation of your on-track driving techniques.

If this sort of thing floats your boat, then it's all yours for 295 on the GT-Line and RS Clio ranges.

Priced from: 16,595/17,595 (Clio Dynamique/Dynamique S), 17,395/18,895 (Captur Dynamique/Dynamique S), 17,395 (Clio GT-Line)
Available from: Now

Renault Clio interior


Let's be honest, shall we? As impressively complex the RS Monitor update may be, it's perhaps something that not many regular Clio customers will be willing to invest in. Unless you're a driver out there who's dedicated to peeling off those microns of seconds from your track day times, or simply want to see those g-ratings and those input figures dot up on the MediaNav screen, it's not an optional extra we can recommend to everybody.

The EDC automatic gearbox, though, might be: some critics have given it a bit of stick for not being perhaps racy enough on the sportier Clios, but it seems to be an admirable and fairly popular transmission on the Megane, so putting an automatic on the best-selling diesel models in the Clio and Captur ranges might just help shift a few more models in the UK.

Fingers crossed we get to try out the dual-clutch 'box on the 1.5 dCi Clio and Captur soon, to see just how the new diesel engine/automatic gearbox combo fares in their respective Renault ranges...

For more information on the pair, do check out the full summary pages of the Renault Clio and Renault Captur, featuring full reviews, statistics, images and videos.

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