In quieter moments I find myself wondering what happened to French temptress Nicole and her disapproving father, Papa, stars of the inexplicably popular Renault Clio adverts throughout the 90’s.

I just found out they’ve been jumping out on unassuming car buyers in Waltham Forest.

As it hits the grand old age of 23, Renault Clio has just released its fourth generation model, the sportiest yet. The ultimate accessory, you can customise everything from the roof stripes to the door handles and dashboard.

Pick from two engine options: a 89bhp three-cylinder 900cc TCe petrol engine (zero to 62mph in a nifty 6.7 seconds) and a 1.5-litre dCi diesel with thrifty CO2 emissions of only 83g/km. Touchscreen entertainment is simultaneously connected to your vehicle, your smartphone and the Cloud, linking you to the digital world and beyond.

Above all, it’s a smooth ride; a sexy, mischievous little number that’s ideal for zipping around the city.

Check the video, because it’s worth the trouble. Tempted to ditch the supercar and take one for a spin? We were. Secretly hoping the dancers are part of the package? Yep, us too. The French are clearly born with aesthetic pheromones and everyone else has to work at it. C’est la vie, we suppose.


Article sponsored by Renault.