Renault introduced the current third generation Clio passenger car in 2006, but it still markets its predecessor under the Campus banner. The Van derivative is based on this model.
Its 1.5-litre common rail turbodiesel produces 68hp and develops 160Nm of peak torque at a lowly 1,700rpm. Suspension is MacPherson struts, coil springs, dampers and an anti-roll bar at the front, while the rear has a semi-independent set-up with a torsion beam and trailing arms. Brakes are ventilated discs at the front and drums at the rear. An anti-lock braking system is fitted as standard. Power steering (electric) is also part of the Clio Van package.
The load bay is predictably small at a trifle under 1m3 but no one buys a small hatchback-derived van for its load volume. Load length and height are both 933mm while width is 989mm between the wheel boxes. Gross payload is 535kg. For such a small van the loading height is a a bit steep at 651mm, but at least four load-tie points are provided. The cab is comfortable and well laid out.
Remote central locking comes as standard, as do driver and passenger airbags. Extra cost options include electric front windows, air conditioning and front fog lamps. There’s also a Sports Pack which includes 14in alloy wheels and a full colour-coded body kit. This new Clio Van is very civilised to drive with plenty of torque from the little engine, delivered in a smooth and refined manner. Ride and handling are well up to standard for the class, but the steering could have more feel to it.
In line with all current Renault LCV product, Clio comes with a three-year/ 60,000 mile warranty.
A great little common rail engine and a sensible specification, but its starting to feel dated compared to the more up-todate opposition like the Ford Fiesta and Vauxhall Corsavan.