Making the RS better suited to everyday driving was one of Renault's aims this time round and they have managed it somewhat by changing the drive choices and going for four doors rather than the previous standard-issue two.
It would be good to have reverse cameras or even sensors as standard (optional in the entry models) across the range.
Renault has used tricks learnt at the Formula 1 coalface for fuel consumption and official figures stand at 6.3 litres/100km. We used almost two litres more but that's probably because we were heavy on the pedal.
There is no missing the RS' hot-hatch looks with sharper lines and gloss-black body hardware.
It is lower and flatter than a regular Clio with a front aero blade, rear diffuser, dual chrome exhaust finishers, F1-style front bumper blade and stylish alloys. It looks good, especially in the RS yellow and red.
We loved the dynamic drive, sporty performance and great looks, and with three models on offer - Sport, Cup and Trophy ($40,990, $45,990 and $49,990 respectively) - there's something for everyone.
With the little force-fed four making 147kW and 240Nm, one thing's for sure - whichever one is picked, it'll get you from A to B in a hurry.
- NZ Herald.