We buy and test Renault Symbol
The Symbol is a front-wheel compact sedan built on the basis of the Renault Clio hatchback. In 2002, the Renault Symbol Clio underwent a serious restyling and lost the prefix "Clio". The car has acquired an updated front with triangular headlights, new trim materials, a modified dashboard and bumpers painted in body color. Production was established in Turkey, and although the Renault Symbol of Turkish production echoes the Clio produced in France, this car turned out to be simpler, cheaper, and without any special claims.
Symbol distinguishes the original appearance: a bit avant-garde and comedic at the same time. Inside, after restyling, a new steering wheel and a screen on the center console appeared. It displays information from the car and the temperature "overboard". Symbol interior design has become two-color. The top is gray, everything below the window line is ivory. Due to the large glass area in the cabin is light, and since the interior is made in bright colors, it becomes twice as light. Plastic has become more pleasant to the touch and looks more respectable.
The standard version of the version Authentique includes a driver's airbag, seat belts with a tension limiter in the front seats, an immobilizer, power steering and heated rear window. The lack of a tachometer on the dashboard at the manual transmission is an inconvenience. In the richer configuration Expression added air conditioning, central locking, headlight washer, fog. A tachometer appeared on the dashboard. The top version of the Renault Symbol is the Expression 16V - a 16-valve engine, height-adjustable steering wheel and driver's seat, heated and electric mirrors, alloy wheels and a radio with two speakers and a remote control on the steering column. As an optional extra, ABS and a front passenger airbag are available.
The car has a spacious luggage compartment of 510 liters.
Renault Symbol was developed specifically for use in the Russian context. Versions with special training will be delivered to Russia: with increased ground clearance (front 20 mm, rear 10 mm), other shock absorbers, engine protection, paraffin in cavities. Galvanized bodywork. A special sealing and anti-gravel mastic provide anti-corrosion protection of the car. Renault provides a 6-year warranty against penetrating corrosion of the body.
In terms of safety, we can note a new, more rigid body structure, an enlarged front crossmember, and longitudinal steel spars with a high coefficient of elasticity. The entire front part of the sidewalls of the Renault Symbol body is thicker, and the protective panel and central pillars of the sidewalls are reinforced. The tear resistance device provides optimum support for the doors on the front pillar, so that upon impact they maintain their position in the same plane. Starting with the base model, the new Renault Symbol is equipped with a driver's airbag. The front wings of the Symbol are made of a composite material that provides the car with a weight gain and better protection against weak shots. Polycarbonate headlights have physical characteristics identical to those of glass. The advantage of the new material is to reduce the weight of the Renault Symbol and better protect against weak shots.
In tests Euro NCAP Renault Symbol received 4 stars and is the safest car of its class in the world.
The car can be equipped with an 8-liter or 16-valve 1.4-liter gasoline engine and a 5-speed manual gearbox. A little later, the line of power units was replenished with a 107-horsepower 1.6 16V engine and a 1.5-liter turbodiesel with a capacity of 65 hp.
Renault Symbol is an original and recognizable image. It combines functionality, modern level of comfort, maximum adaptability for operation in Russian conditions, increased reliability and the most spacious trunk for cars of this class.
In 2008, the Renault Symbol New was introduced at the Moscow Motor Show. In the European market, the novelty is called Thalia, in Russia - the Symbol II. The car received a completely modified exterior - almost all body parts are new. Appearance has become more sophisticated and elegant. Integrated headlights and a special chrome-plated grille give a distinctive look to the front of the car. The silhouette lines of the back create an impression of durability and reliability. Visually, the car began to look more expensive. The trunk lid is decorated with a massive Renault logo, pulling which you can open the trunk. The machine, in comparison with the Symbol I, increased in length by 89 mm to 4260 mm, became lower, and its wheelbase remained the same - 2470 mm.
The Salon Symbol New is still comfortable and well thought out, but it has not changed much, but more expensive trim materials and new controls have appeared. Individual words deserve excellent sound insulation and a new improved front panel with a stylish dashboard. To create optimal thermal comfort, extreme climatic conditions have been studied (in particular, in Russia and Turkey).
The chassis inherited from Clio II has proven itself in terms of comfort and stability on the road. The suspension remained almost unchanged, and the brakes remained the same (front discs, rear drums). There have also been some changes in the engine range. The old 8-valve K7J (1.4 l., 75 l. Forces) is no longer installed, now the 16-valve is the same volume - it develops 98 horsepower and 127 Nm of torque, 90% of which is available in a wide range 2,000 to 5,750 rpm Gearboxes - all the same 5-speed "mechanics" and four-band "automatic".
Already in the basic configuration, the Symbol is equipped with a factory anti-theft system and a driver's airbag, and the glass is slightly tinted to protect passengers from ultraviolet radiation. Now you can optionally equip the model with an onboard computer and climate control. In general, Symbol New creates the impression of a harmonious and significantly changed car.