The ultimate value for money package -
Highest equipment levels in class
The Renault Modus already has a long list of standard equipment with the entry-level Authentique model boasting ABS with EBD and brake assist, four airbags, electric front windows, remote central locking, variable power assisted steering, trip computer and its ‘Triptic’ multi-adaptable rear seat which adjusts forward and back and lets you fold one, two or all three seats, for ultimate versatility.
Considering the Modus Authentique is available for £9,250 on-the-road, costing around £500 less than the five-door Vauxhall Corsa 1.2 16V Life and £500 less than the Volkswagen Polo 1.2 65 E when equipped to the same levels, its easy to see why with its high specification and low list price the new Modus is going to set a new benchmark for value for money in the highly competitive supermini sector.
With a price tag of £11,000 and an even longer list of equipment including: alloy wheels, body-coloured bumpers and mirrors, CD-RDS radio, front fog lamps, leather steering wheel and gearknob, Renault expects the Dynamique 1.4 16V 98 with A/C to be the best-selling model of the range for both private and fleet buyers.
Certainly when viewed alongside the equivalent models of the current class pace-setters - Honda Jazz 1.4 DSI SE Sport and Vauxhall Meriva 1.6 16V Design with air conditioning, Modus should become a top-seller. Against the Honda it costs £500 less to start with even with a more powerful engine, yet in addition it also has fingertip stereo remote contol, underfloor storage, passenger airbag deactivation, curtain airbags and trip computer as standard, with the Meriva costing £2,545 more on-the-road, or over £4,500 more with all the other options added.
Discerning buyers will also be able to take advtantage of Modus’ long list of optional extras to equip their cars to unprecedented supermini levels. The range of luxury and technological features on offer (where not fitted as standard) includes: 6 x CD multi-changer, air conditioning, 15" or 16" alloy wheels, bike rack, boot chute, satellite navigation, climate control, cornering lights, cruise contol with speed limiter, electric panoramic sunroof or manual twin ‘Pop-out’ system, ESP with ASR traction control and CSV understeer control, ‘Double distance’ xenon headlamps, metallic paint and tyre pressure monitor.
Thanks to its characterful and modern styling, wide range of trim levels, engines and considerable amount of standard equipment and interior space there should be a Modus version to suit everyone. With ordering already open for the latest addition to the Renault family, the only question now is whether the UK public will fall in love with the cheeky Modus as much as the Clio with its irrepressible Va Va Voom...?!Published 14 August 2004