The same seductive appeal and level of perceived quality are apparent inside New Renault Symbol, too. The practical interior exudes a sensation of comfort and well-being, while the trim strip of the dashboard brings an added touch of elegance and refinement. The dashboard itself features a rev-counter, warning lights and the trip computer display. The gearlever knob falls readily to hand, while appointments include a chrome steeringwheel trim (depending on version) and the height-adjustable driver's seat. A door sills are available as accessories.
New Renault Symbol features segment-leading fuel consumption performance. In their respective categories, the 1.5 dCi 85hp diesel engine and the petrol 1.2 16V 75hp return record low combined cycle fuel consumption and CO2 emissions for a three-box vehicle of this size, i.e. 4.3 litres/100km (equivalent to CO2 emissions of 116g/km) and 5.9 litres/100km (equivalent to CO2 emissions of 140g/km). To achieve such low figures, Renault's engineers paid especially close attention to New Renault Symbol's aerodynamics (CdA = 0.691) and to keeping weight to a minimum. Indeed, the 1.2 16V 75hp-powered version tips the scales at a low 904kg to give it a particularly attractive performance-fuel consumption ratio. New Renault Symbol contributes actively to the '120-140' pledge outlined in the Renault Commitment 2009 plan which saw Renault commit to selling one million vehicles in 2008 that emit less than 140g of CO2/km, including one third that emit less than 120 g/km.
New Renault Symbol facilitates the life of its owners. It benefits from the new servicing policy introduced by Renault at the start of 2008, and consequently longer servicing intervals (variable from market to market). Depending on country, servicing intervals (oil change and air filter) are every 15,000 km for petrol and diesel engines alike. In the case of petrol engines, the sparkplugs, timing belt and accessory drive belt are to be changed every 60,000km. The timing and accessory drive belts of diesel engines must be changed every 75,000km. The diesel filter has to be replaced every 15,000 km.
The New Renault Symbol range features the latest-generation engines that power all Renault's entry level models (Renault Twingo, Renault Clio and Renault Modus), providing best level fuel consumption, performance and acoustic comfort. Depending on country and equipment level, the petrol engine range comprises the 1.2 16V 55kW (75hp), the 1.4 55kW (75hp), the 1.4 16V 72kW (98hp) and the 1.6 16V 77kW (105hp). Meanwhile, the 1.5 dCi diesel engine is available in a choice of two power outputs: 48kW (65hp) and 62kW (85hp). Depending on market, these engines comply with Euro1, Euro3 or Euro4 depollution standards. The two most powerful petrol engines can be mated with four-speed proactive automatic transmission.
The diesel range is founded on the 1.5 dCi (K9K) engine, the secondgeneration 1,600-bar Common Rail injection system of which ensures enhanced combustion quality and, as a result, lower fuel consumption. This engine is acclaimed for its efficiency and acoustic performance, thanks notably to its so-called flexible flywheel which filters out the effects of acyclic movements. This 1,461cc engine is available in a choice of two power outputs:
48kW (65hp): The maximum torque (160Nm/16.3mkg) of this version of the 1.5 dCi is available from very low revs and ensures responsive mid-range acceleration. It is ideally suited to New Renault Symbol's versatility and allows all types of journey to be envisaged. Low fuel consumption of 4.5 litres/100km (118g of CO2/km) is a feature of the new model powered by this engine (Euro4 version).
62kW (85hp): This more powerful version of the 1.5 dCi packs an even bigger punch. Thanks to its low inertia turbo and torque of 200Nm (18.9mkg) available from 1,750rpm, it is particularly enjoyable and comfortable to drive. It claims the best fuel consumption of its class with just 4.3 litres/100km over a European-type combined cycle (equivalent to 116g/km of CO2). This version complies with Euro4 antipollution standards.
The 1,149cc 1.2 16V (D4F) has a power output of 75hp (55kW) at 5,500rpm and delivers torque of 105Nm (10.7mkg) at 4,250rpm. In addition to this engine's linear power curve, the torque is available from very low revs, making it a particularly versatile engine suited to all types of journey. Ninety per cent of peak torque is available over a broad rev band that extends from 1,750 to 5,750rpm. The overhead camshaft with roller cam followers and specific inlet calibration have enabled the idling speed to be kept to a low 650rpm, which translates into a fuel saving of between two and three per cent when driving in town. Powered by this engine, New Renault Symbol returns the best combined cycle fuel consumption of its class with a score of just 5.9 litres/100km (equivalent to CO2 emissions of 140g/km).
With a power output of 75hp (55kW) at 5,500rpm, this 1,390cc engine (K7J) combines punch with a comfortable, enjoyable drive. Peak torque of 114Nm (11.6mkg) at 4,250rpm brings out the best in New Renault Symbol's versatility in built up areas and in open country, while fuel consumption is a low 7.1 litres/100km (168g of CO2/km).
The maximum power output of this 1,390cc engine is 98hp (72kW) and ensures genuine driving pleasure. Peak torque is 127Nm (12.9mkg), 90 per cent of which is available between 2,000 and 5,750rpm. Fuel consumption with the five-speed manual gearbox is 7.0 litres/100km (165g of CO2/km), and 7.3 litres/100km (174g of CO2/km) with four-speed proactive automatic transmission (DP0).
The 1.6 16V (K4M) puts out 105hp (77kW) at 6,000rpm and peak torque of 148Nm (15.8mkg) at 3,750rpm.With 90 per cent of the latter available between 2,000 and 5,750rpm, this 1,598cc unit is responsive and pleasant to drive. Fuel consumption has been minimized thanks to the use of roller cam followers and lightweight materials. It is available exclusively with four-speed proactive automatic transmission (DP0) and fuel consumption is 7.6 litres/100km (180 g de CO2/km).
The handling of New Renault Symbol is predictable in all situations, even on wet roads. The choice of the same running gear as Clio II, a front track dimension of 1.41m and a wheelbase of 2.47m ensure pleasant, surefooted and surprise-free stability and handling. Its roadholding has been engineered with two priorities in mind: safety and comfort. The MacPherson-type front suspension has been calibrated to deliver optimal handling and ride comfort. It employs hydraulic dampers and coil springs, and comes with an anti-roll bar to minimize body-roll. The diameter of the anti-roll bar is 23mm in the case of versions powered by the 1.2 or 1.4 75hp petrol engines, and 24mm in the case of the other models. The rear suspension is based on a compact and lightweight programmed deflection H-beam system. Ride comfort is enhanced by the combination of vertically-mounted dampers, variable-rate coil springs and rubber top and bottom spring mountings which efficiently filter out the transmission of vibrations to the bodyshell.
For advanced braking performance, New Renault Symbol is equipped with solid or vented discs (diameter: 238mm or 259mm) depending on engine, while most versions feature eight-inch drums at the rear. The new vehicle can be ordered with ABS and electronic brakeforce distribution. The power steering ensures directional precision and heightens the sense of safety at higher speeds. A rear parking proximity sensor is available to facilitate parking, notably in urban carparks.
New Renault Symbol boasts best in class acoustic and anti-vibration performance. The choice of the Renault Clio II platform ensures that the cabin is efficiently soundproofed. The seal at the base of the windscreen and the use of foam to fill the space between the lower front pillar trim and the wing prevent the transmission of noise from the engine compartment to the cabin. The third side window's felt seal cuts exhaust and road noise, while the use of capping foam contributes to the car's soundproofing performance at the rear.
New Renault Symbol features one of the largest boots of its class. Its capacity of 506dm3, flat floor and width (more than 1.10m) make it ideal for all uses, from family holidays to weekends away in the country. The front and rear (depending on version) doors incorporate large stowage bins, while the dashboard houses a six-litre lidded glovebox. Depending on version, stowage can also include map pockets on the backs of the front seats.
New Renault Symbol benefits from Renault's extensive expertise in the realm of safety. To guarantee optimal protection for all occupants, this new three-box model features a long list of safety-enhancing equipments, not the least of which is the use of high elastic limit steel which ensures a strongly resistant cabin while at the same time limiting the latter's deformation, notably in the case of frontal impact. The way its reinforced structure crumples under impact is pre-programmed. The subframe and front bumper beam have been optimized. In the case of side impact, occupants are protected by anti-intrusion strengthening of the front and rear doors.
New Renault Symbol comes as standard with a driver's side airbag, to which it is possible to add a front passenger airbag and two lateral thorax airbags (depending on version) for further protection from side impact.
Occupant restraint can also be enhanced by pyrotechnic pretensioners for the front seats to optimize the way passengers are held in place. New Renault Symbol is equipped with five three-point seatbelts. The front seatbelts incorporate load limiters to protect the thorax. Depending on version, these three-point seatbelts are height-adjustable to ensure optimal comfort and passenger restraint under impact.
The front and rear (depending on equipment level) adjustable headrests have been designed to avoid injury to the cervical vertebrae in the case of rear impact. These headrests improve the position of the back, as well as the restraint and comfort of the head. Last but not least, for the safety of young passengers, New Renault Symbol's outer rear seats are equipped as standard with Isofix anchorage, as well as kiddy locks for the rear doors.