Renault

Renault is a French automaker founded at the very end of the 19th century (in 1898) by three brothers: Louis, Marcel and Fernand. The company steadily grew and gained a reputation as an innovative automaker, building everything from small city cars to trucks, tractors and even farming equipment at one point. Nowadays it only makes passenger cars (since it sold its Renault Trucks division to Volvo in 2001 and its agricultural vehicles division to CLAAS in 2008), yet it owns Korea's Renault Samsung Motors, has a majority stake in Romanian automaker Dacia, a controlling stake of Nissan (43.4 percent) and a 1.55 percent stake in Daimler AG. It has over a dozen manufacturing facilities in France and twice as many scattered around the world. Over the past two decades, Renault, whose logo is a diamond (or rhombus), has made a name for itself by making cars that are not only safe, but also striking to look at and well-engineered, if a bit cheap feeling in places. Now, the manufacturer is changing its image yet again, as it has presented increasingly sober and Germanic designs that are far more subdued than what it was doing previously - perceived quality in its very latest offerings is very good, and it is definitely higher ranked in this respect compared to the style-over-substance days of the Vel Satis and Avantime (the mid-2000s).

What is the Cheapest Renault?

Renault makes plenty of affordable cars, but the most affordable one it sells under its own brand is the Renault Kwid, a pint-sized, entry-level crossover designed in India and sold in Asia and Latin America. It’s a very small car, even by small car standards, weighing as little as 630 kilograms (1,389 pounds) and in its cheapest and most basic versions, it’s about as spartan as modern cars get - not even passenger safety was a concern, as it turned out when the car was crash-tested by Global NCAP and was awarded a zero-star rating. This poor rating was mainly due to the fact that the Indian version of the car didn’t need to have airbags fitted as standard. In India, the starting price for the Kwid is $4,000 and it tops out at $6,900 for a fully-loaded example with the more powerful engine and an automatic transmission.

What is the Sportiest Renault?

The sportiest Renault currently available isn’t actually badged a Renault - it’s the new Alpine A110, a rear-wheel drive, mid-engined sports car built on a bespoke platform. It shares its 1.8-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine with the Megane R.S. hot hatch, and in the more powerful A110S, it makes 288 horsepower sent to the road via a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission. What’s most impressive about the new Alpine is the way it goes around corners - it has unrivalled agility brought about by its low weight of 1,114 kg (2,456 pounds).

What is the Most Popular Renault?

Renault sold around 2.5-million vehicles under its own brand in 2018 (or nearly 3.9-million vehicles for the entire Renault Group that includes Renault Samsung, Dacia, Lada, Alpine, as well as its two Chinese subsidiaries, Jinbei and Huasong). In Europe, its most popular model is the Clio hatchback which averages around 300,000 units sold per year, followed by the mechanically-related (but taller) Captur crossover with 200,000 annual sales. The third most popular model in Europe doesn’t bear the diamond badge, though, because it’s the Dacia Sandero, manufactured by Renault’s Romanian subsidiary, closely followed by another Dacia, the Duster mini-SUV.

What is the Most Expensive Renault?

Believe it or not, Renault’s current flagship and most expensive model is the Espace people carrier. It’s a seven seater that blends traditional minivan looks with a slightly raised ride height and plenty of French flamboyance (both inside and out). The starting price for one in its native France is €39,600 ($43,800); the second most expensive current Renault is the Koleos SUV, available from €35,250 ($39,000), and the third is the Talisman sedan which can be had from €32,500 ($35,950).

What is the Fastest Renault?

Renault is known for hot hatchbacks, so it’s no surprise that its sportiest offering is a vehicle of that type, the latest Megane R.S. Trophy-R. It is a hardcore, limited series special edition model (only 500 units will be made globally) that just takes the standard Megane R.S. to the extreme. Its 1.8-liter engine makes 296 horsepower (300 PS), its sprint time from 0-100 km/h (0-62 mph) is 5.4 seconds (very impressive for a front-wheel drive car) and its top speed is 262 km/h (163 mph). It’s probably the drastic diet RenaultSport engineers put the car on that has the most dramatic effect on how it performs - it is 130 kilograms (286 pounds) lighter than the regular Megane R.S.

Are Renault Cars Reliable?

Renaults are generally perceived as unreliable cars, but this is more of a myth because they’re actually about middle of the pack in this regard. They are very common in all European countries and part of their popularity stems from the fact that they are affordable to buy and relatively affordable to repair when they go wrong. The most frequent problems reported by owners are of an electrical nature and the most reliable car in its current lineup is the Twingo city car (basically the same car as the latest Smart ForFour).

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2019 Renault Megane R.S. Trophy-R

2019 Renault Megane R.S. Trophy-R

The Trophy-R is the most hardcore Megane Renault ever created
The Limited-Edition Megane R.S. Trophy-R is the King of Pure Hatchbacks and Compact Performance

The Limited-Edition Megane R.S. Trophy-R is the King of Pure Hatchbacks and Compact Performance

This little hatch will plaster a wide grin on your face every time you floor the A-pedal
2020 Renault ZOE EV has sharper looks, more range and two motor options

2020 Renault ZOE EV has sharper looks, more range and two motor options

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The 2019 Renault Megane RS Trophy R Just Killed the Civic Type R's Nurburgring Record

The 2019 Renault Megane RS Trophy R Just Killed the Civic Type R’s Nurburgring Record

Renault is back on top of the hot hatch game with new Megane RS Trophy-R
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Jay Leno Goes Full Throttle in a 1985 Renault R5 Turbo2: Video

A commuter-turned-mad-machine ready for rally racing
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2018 Renault EZ-Ultimo

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2019 Peugeot 208 vs 2019 Renault Clio

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Wallpaper of the Day: 2019 Renault Clio

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2019 Renault Clio

2019 Renault Clio

The 2019 Renault Clio is completely re-engineered and it comes with hybrid propulsion
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2019 Renault Twingo shows up with new face and engine in Geneva

Features new engine and automatic transmission
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2020 Renault Clio brings evolutionary design, hybrid powertrain promise to Geneva

Renault is playing it safe with its new Clio, but it’s all the better for it

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2019 Renault Clio's smart, upmarket looking interior revealed

2019 Renault Clio’s smart, upmarket looking interior revealed

Is the upcoming Clio’s interior the best looking in the segment?
Alpine Has Some Interesting Plans for the A110 Name - Here's What You Need to Know

Alpine Has Some Interesting Plans for the A110 Name - Here’s What You Need to Know

A growing family of A110-based models is good news for us who love the sports coupe