Renault already offers one of the widest ranges of engines and transmissions in the small car sector with its Modus range. Now, customers will be even more spoilt for choice with the arrival of a new ‘Quickshift5’ robotic gearbox. Coupled to the award-winning 1.5-litre dCi 86 engine, the system blends the performance and economy of a manual gearbox with the ease of use of an automatic transmission. Even better news is that each version costs only £500 more than the equivalent manual and half the normal automatic transmission price.
Unlike conventional automatic transmissions, the Quickshift5 version has exactly the same official fuel consumption and CO2 figures as the manual (62.8mpg combined), meaning it remains in the super-low VED Band B category with CO2 emissions of only 119 g/km, so road fund licence is only £50 per year.
In recent months, Modus has already been voted Diesel Car magazine’s ‘Best Supermini’ and Test Drive’s Readers’ Choice and Compact MPV winner, so the Quickshift5 version is sure to enhance the appeal of Renault’s mini-MPV diesel range even further. Prices for the Modus dCi 86 Quickshift5 versions start at £12,200 for the Expression, rising to £15,100 for the Initiale.
Quickshift5 - easy on you, easy on your pocket
The Quickshift5 system is a manual gearbox with five forward gears and a robotised clutch operated electronically, thereby combining the performance and operating economy of a manual gearbox, with the ease of use of an automatic transmission.
Allied to the frugal dCi 86 engine, the Quickshift system operates without a torque converter and therefore does not suffer the detrimental effect on fuel consumption which so often afflicts traditional automatics. In addition, as the gearbox is always in the correct gear in automatic mode, it offers instant responsiveness and excellent economy, with up to 62.8mpg on a combined cycle - the same as the equivalent manual version.
Two modes of operation to suit driver mood
Quickshift5 drivers benefit from the choice of two driving modes according to their mood, needs and prevailing traffic conditions: automatic gear changes for city driving or long-distance comfort, or semi-automatic changes when they wish to take control.
In both modes, the Quickshift5 software interacts with the engine management computer to control the speed and torque of the engine to ensure that the shift is as smooth as possible. The software also permits the system to recognise and adapt to individual driving styles.