2020 Renault Clio RS Line TC4 130 EDC
You wouldn’t have expected the first couple of Clios to shine on the motorway. A little French car – that’s not what they’re all about, is it? But the current car is quite sophisticated, so when I finally drove it on the motorway for the first time I was expecting a reasonable level of hush.
That’s what I got, at least on most surfaces, and certainly when I stuck to legal speeds. I also gave the cruise control system its first proper try-out. Not so good. Or rather, it’s fine – easy to activate, de-activate and adjust – but it’s a simple, old-fashioned system, not an adaptive one, so it doesn’t do anything other than hold a steady speed. Nor did it seem to make a blind bit of difference to the fuel consumption; it was the same in both directions – cruise control on one way, off the other. But the few non-motorway miles I’ve done recently have been much more fun. That engine is very sweet and smooth, and the automatic shifts very well judged to make the most of it, so you focus on steering and throttle. Nobody’s pretending that RS Line trim makes this a hot RS. But it seems that, when it comes to the Clio, Renault always brings its A game.