What is it?
A Clio five-door with an extra 216mm of rear overhang. It’s built in Renault’s Bursa, Turkey, factory in which it also makes the Clio saloon.
The larger Laguna gains a bit of badly needed flair from the estate treatment, but there’s less effect on the Clio. It’s not an ugly car but neither is the original mix spiced up much by the additional bodywork.
Sport Tourer is more about added practicality, with a very useful extra 50 per cent load carrying ability. With exactly the same wheelbase, only slight tweaks to stiffen damping and springs, plus an extra millimetre on the anti-roll bar, we can expect this more spacious Clio to drive more or less like the five-door hatch. We drove a version fitted with Renault’s 106bhp 1.50litre dCi turbodiesel.
What's it like?
Predictably very much like a Clio five-door. The turbodiesel is a known quantity and a sound unit. However, the Sport Tourer will also be available with the 1.2-litre TCE turbocharged petrol engine which, although it isn’t as economical, is a sweeter engine.
But it’s practicality that is the real criteria here, not subtle dynamic differences between estate and hatchback. The Sport Tourer has 439-litres of luggage space compared to 151-litres in the hatchback. The rear seats fold 60/40 to give an even bigger 1277-litres of space or, with the smaller of the two rear seats folded you can fit ‘leisure equipment’ up to 1450mm long in the back.