As a dedicated and brand loyal Clio driver, I was giddy with excitement at the thought of a brand new model to be launched. Not only is the Clio a super sexy and stylish car for any driver, but it's probably the only make of car I have ever driven that I feel so secure in. It's solid finishes and divine extra's make it a dream for anyone to drive. Stay tuned to Rave Review for our review of the new Clio III coming up soon, but for the moment here is some more information on the new line to make you drool!


The Renault Clio III range has undergone a comprehensive rejuvenation for the 2012 model year, with the focus on offering a fresh level of affordability, practical technology and exceptional value for money.

Centred on the Clio’s new ‘Put Yourself on the Map, Live the Connected Life’ pay-off line, the overriding emphasis is on delivering a contemporary contender in the compact hatchback segment that is perfectly in tune with the modern, high-paced and technology-driven lifestyle.

The connected range of features includes a standard Parrot Bluetooth system on the new entry-level Clio 1.6 Yahoo! and Yahoo! Plus, and extends to the latest TomTom LIVE integrated navigation system on the top-spec Clio 1.6 Avantage. This clearly sets the updated Clio range apart from its rivals, while offering owners a distinct advantage in terms of day-to-day practicality.

In terms of the overall ownership proposition, the Clio now also offers greater peace of mind,  with an extended four-year/60 000 km service plan, backed up by an industry-leading five-year/150 000 km warranty – all part of the Renault Confiance care package.

The Range

Clio 1.6 Yahoo!

As the new entry-level model in the Clio range, the 1.6 Yahoo! has exceptionally competitive pricing on its side, But it’s the overall value proposition that sets it apart from its competitors.

Included on the standard specification list are air-conditioning, cruise control, a multi-function computer, remote central locking, electrically powered front windows, electrically operated mirrors, and a split folding rear seat. Rake adjustment for the steering wheel and the driver’s seat are included in the interests of optimal comfort.

On the audio front, the Clio Yahoo! incorporates an MP3-compatible CD receiver, linked to an RCA auxiliary connection and fingertip remote audio controls for ultimate ease of use.

In line with its focus on delivering a connected lifestyle, the Clio Yahoo! also boasts a fitted Parrot Bluetooth kit, which delivers hands-free cellphone connectivity on the move. The system is accessed via a simple Bluetooth controller, and is linked to the car’s audio unit. It is fully covered by the Clio’s five-year/150 000 km warranty.

An additional touch of flair is given to the Clio’s cabin by means of white interior door handles and vents, while the front seats are embroidered with an eye-catching Yahoo! custom design.

Externally the Clio Yahoo! benefits from body-colour bumpers and two-tone mirrors, while 15-inch steel wheels with covers are fitted on this base model.

Clio 1.6 Yahoo! Plus

The midrange Clio Yahoo! Plus offers a compelling mix of affordability and style, and is a very appealing contender in the compact hatchback segment.

Visually it is distinguished from the standard model by its attractive multi-spoke 15-inch alloy wheels, complemented by front fog lights and a sporty roof spoiler.

The cabin also gains an exclusive touch with the inclusion of leather trim for the steering wheel and gear lever.

Clio 1.6 Avantage

The sophisticated new Clio 1.6 Avantage takes over the mantle of the range-topping model in the new Clio line-up, effectively replacing the outgoing Dynamique. It is available in both five-speed manual and four-speed automatic guises.

With the emphasis on image, style and luxury, the upmarket Avantage sets new standards for the compact segment with a specification level more commonly associated with the executive sedan class. In terms of comfort and convenience, this model boasts full automatic climate control, as well as automatic rain and light sensors.

One of its most compelling new features, though, is the innovative Carminat TomTom LIVE navigation system, complete with built-in 15 cm colour screen and full remote control – a first in this segment. The unit is pre-programmed with SA maps, and the integrated Live Services include real-time HD Traffic reports, Google Search and weather forecasts.

The Avantage also features a powerful 80W RadioSat Classic audio system that includes six speakers, an MP3-compatible CD player and the multimedia connection box in front of the gear lever that provides iPod and USB audio connectivity.

Additionally, the system boasts fully integrated Bluetooth cellphone functionality, as well as Renault’s Plug & Music feature that allows audio streaming from Bluetooth-enabled multimedia devices.

Externally, the Avantage is differentiated by means of 16-inch alloy wheels, as well as aluminium door handles.


- Clio 1.6 Yahoo! R159 900

- Clio 1.6 Yahoo! Plus R169 900

- Clio 1.6 Avantage R189 900

- Clio 1.6 Avantage Automatic R199 900