Renault Road Tests

The attractive Renault Captur is one of half a dozen new small SUVs fighting to fill a new niche to tempt families away from ordinary hatchbacks. Does it do the job?
Wed, 24 Apr 2013
The ‘All-New’ Renault Captur for 2020 catches up with newcomers to the small-but-tall crossover class that now includes the similarly new Nissan Juke on the same ‘CMF-B’ platform, the VW T-Cross, the SEAT Arona, the Citroen C3 Aircross, the KIA Stonic, the Hyundai Kona and older stages such as the Honda HR-V, Mazda CX-3, Toyota C-HR, Ford EcoSport, Vauxhall Mokka, Suzuki Vitara and the soon to be updated Peugeot 2008.
Fri, 25 Oct 2019
There is no doubt that Renault has turned the 2006 Clio into a classy little car. You almost expect to see a Jimmy Choo shopping bag on the back seat along with a bunch of other designer labels.
Sat, 13 May 2006
The bigger, lighter 5-door only Renault Clio for 2013 promises 99g/km CO2 and over 65mpg from a petrol engine. But what is it like to drive?
Tue, 09 Oct 2012
From September the attractive Renault Clio gets a facelift,more connectivity and two extra engine options. HJ tries them out.
Fri, 15 Jul 2016
Renault expands the Gordini line, with more mainstream models like the 1.5 dCi benefiting from a sporty styling overhaul.
Tue, 13 Dec 2011
The new Clio Renaultsport has all the right ingredients to make it a great hot hatch, but disappointingly it doesn't quite hit the mark.
Wed, 20 Mar 2013
We were less than impressed by the original Clio RenaultSport 200, but the latest 220 Trophy version with its 2016 improvements puts that right.
Wed, 20 Jul 2016
The UK gets the ‘all new’ fifth generation Renault Clio V in November. From next year there will be a 1.6 litre petrol Mild Hybrid with two electric motors, a multimode clutch, a 6-speed gearbox and a 1.2kWh lithium ion battery that can run for a lot of the time in the city on electrical power alone.
Fri, 21 Jun 2019
Video Driving Lesson Showing How To Drive Ultra Economically.
Sat, 26 Jun 2010
The best thing about the Renault Grand Espace is the view. You sit behind a panoramic windscreen, broken only by two slim screen pillars.
Mon, 29 May 2006
I liked the original Modus a lot more than I had expected to. Cute, likeable, practical and a good drive summed it up. Now, for the Grand Modus. Renault has stretched it six and a half inches, which doesn’t read like much, but makes a much bigger difference.
Wed, 21 May 2008
Just as Renault was first in Europe with a full size MPV (the innovative Espace), it was also first in Europe with a mid size MPV. Now we are into the third generation of Renault Scenic.
Thu, 16 Apr 2009
Renault calls it a 'game changer' but does the new Grand Scenic have what it takes to compete in a market crowded with crossovers?
Tue, 13 Sep 2016
Renault took its time, but the Kadjar proves that sometimes it pays to be fashionably late.
Mon, 08 Jun 2015
The New Kadjar for 2019 is essentially a revamp of the original 2015 Kadjar with a new 1,332cc 4-cylinder chain cam alloy block petrol engine shared with Mercedes Benz, Nissan, Dacia and other Renault models. In the new Kadjar, outputs are 140HP with 240Nm torque and 160HP with 260Nm torque. A 6-speed manual transmission is standard, while a 7-speed EDC dual clutch automatic is optional.
Fri, 07 Dec 2018
Long wheelbase 4,597mm long version of Renault Kangoo Express van and combi.
Sat, 13 Mar 2010
Renault enters the large family SUV market with its all-new 2017 Koleos.
Thu, 22 Jun 2017
Up against at least 23 direct competitors, and a total of 65 other 4x4 SUVs the Renault Koleos had better be good.
Sat, 03 May 2008
The new Renault Laguna hatchback left some reviewers underwhelmed. Yet the Laguna Coupe has completely the opposite effect.
Thu, 23 Oct 2008
The second generation Renault Laguna is two cars in one. Instead of offering a choice between a saloon, a hatchback and an estate car, Renault gives us a choice between two very good looking hatchbacks.
Thu, 01 Mar 2001
Guest Test of Renault Laguna III Sport Tourer. Words by Chris Rees. Video by Martin Gurdon.
Mon, 10 Dec 2007
The new Master, available from May 2010, is Renault’s big white van. It comes in lengths of 5,048mm, 5,548mm, 6,198mm with front wheel drive. And 6,198mm and 6,848mm with rear wheel drive. All are the same width of 2,070mm, or 2,470mm including the essential huge door mirrors.
Sat, 13 Mar 2010
New chain cam 1.2 turbo petrol engine and 1.6 DCI put the Renault Megane back on the shopping list for a family hatchback or estate.
Wed, 21 Mar 2012
At the time of writing I did not know if the new Renault Megane had been voted European Car of the Year.
Sat, 08 Nov 2008
Test of the sporty looking Renault Megane CC with its sportiest engine, the 165PS 2.0 litre petrol.
Thu, 18 May 2006
Renault has been very clever indeed. Instead of offering a nondescript 3-door version of its new Megane, it has given us a Megane Coupe.
Sat, 08 Nov 2008
No other family hatchback steers as well as the forthcoming Renault Megane, but the GT model with 4 wheel steer is brilliant.
Thu, 10 Dec 2015
Renault doesn't call its Megane estate a staton wagon. It calls it the Megane Sport Tourer.
Sun, 11 Apr 2004
Seriously cute, immensely likeable and very practical sums it up in one line. I hadn’t expected to get on with the Renault Modus as well as I did.
Fri, 17 Dec 2004
Shock announcement: I’m about to recommend a Renault. I have just spent a week with a Renault Scenic dCi 120 Privilege and, far from finding faults, I enjoyed every minute of it.
Fri, 16 Apr 2004
The Trafic has been refreshed from June 2010 with Renault’s 2.0 chain cam 2.0 dCi diesel engine, improved suspension, new dashboard and new equipment including Renault’s excellent £450 optional built-in Carminat TomTom satnav.
Sat, 13 Mar 2010
The new Renault Twingo is unique in having its engine where Renault engines used to be in the 1950s and 1960s. Porsche still makes this work. But does Renault?
Thu, 28 Aug 2014
The biggest enemy of the new Renault Twingo is the FIAT 500. Twingo prices are a bit lower, starting at £7,500 for the base model, rising through £8,375 for the Dynamique, to £9,995 for the TCE 100 GT tested here.
Thu, 21 Feb 2008
Affordable and cheap to insure, the Twingo GT has a modest 110PS power output and yet it’s light and fun, with an enjoyable exhaust note, livened up styling and peppy performance.
Sat, 08 Apr 2017
Half way between a moped and a Smart, the electrically powered little Renault Twizy is great fun but will UK commuters take to it?
Mon, 02 Apr 2012
The Renault Wind is a new Honda CR-X like two seat roadster coupe with cute looks a quick flick top and an eco-friendly 1.2 turbo petrol engine option.
Fri, 02 Jul 2010
To reduce the cost of the delightful Renault Zoe to a sensible £14,000, Renault leases buyers the £20,000 battery pack for £70 a month.
Fri, 22 Mar 2013
Meet the new 52kWh Renault Zoe II with an increased EV range of up to 247 miles in WLTP tests. It succeeds the previous 41kWh version, offering either 107HP and 225Nm torque or 135HP and 245Nm torque.
Wed, 02 Oct 2019
Is the RenaultSport Clio 197 Cup hard core, or soft porn? On the one hand it makes you suffer. It has no aircon, just an ordinary CD/radio and no fancy bits at all. You even have to reach over and wiggle little stalks to adjust the door mirrors.
Thu, 28 Feb 2008
A class-winning Nurburgring lap time of 8 minutes 16.9 seconds made RenaultSport’s stripped out Megane R26.R hottest of the hot hatchbacks. Quicker than any other front wheel drive car ever. But now we’ve got a new Megane and a new RenaultSport Megane 250.
Fri, 23 Oct 2009

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