The Gordini equipment level brings an extra topping to the interior of the Clio RS, introducing retro and racing inspired elements, all of which create an atmosphere that makes you feel both relaxed and ready for action at the same time.
The seats and the steering wheel are covered in black & blue leather, with the first also coming with two striped at the top, which not only mark the straight position, reminding us of rallying, but also continue the white stripes on the exterior of the car.
Sissies can’t drive this car, since the gear shifter doesn’t come with the “H” scheme, replacing this with a superb, retro-styled Gordini logo. The special edition feeling is increased by the blue leather cover for the gear shifter, the branded floor mats and the limited edition metallic plaque on the center console (this includes the production number, but Renault has always increased the production for this kind of cars, so we’re not worried).
The aluminum pedals are also a nice touch, and so are the dials, but the hand brake lever, which uses cheap plastic, makes you want to check the engine compartment for the presence of a 1.2-liter engine. Another aspect that we didn't like was the positioning of the door handle, which makes you pull really hard for the door to close.
The seats are one of the best in the hot hatch segment, even though they’re not perfect, In fact, they’re part of the Renault Sport legacy, one that allows you to use the car every day with absolutely no problem. They’re soft, comfortable and offer enough lateral support for trackday events.
However, the cervical area is bended rearwards and you feel like there’s no support for this part of your body and the fact that they only use perforated leather on the sides, not also on the center, makes you feel a bit uncomfortable in the hot season. As for the seating position, this is suitable for any kind of trips, but a lower one would’ve suited the car better.
We also love the white stitching in the cabin, which is also used on the dashboard. No, Renault didn’t use leather for the dash, but it has fitted the best plastic we’ve ever touched.Continue reading