If you read the welcome article on our Renault, you’ll know that the trim level we chose (Dynamique Media Nav) comes with removable and washable seat covers. Entry-level Expression and Expression+ cars do without, and unfortunately you can’t add it as an option.
Nevertheless, as long as you choose either of the top two trims, you’ll get the removable covers as standard. What’s more, you can order an extra set of covers to change the look of your cabin.
Removing the seat covers isn’t tricky, but it’s worth reading the instructions first. Once we knew what we were doing, we had the whole lot off in about five minutes. The covers also take up very little space, so they’ll easily fit in any household washing machine.
If you’re not the sort to read instructions, at least read this: do not tumble dry the covers. You also need to make sure you’ve switched your washing machine on to its low spin speed. We suspect that failure to follow either of these notes might result in covers that don’t fit quite so well any more. Don’t risk it.
No such problems in the What Car? wash test – the covers came out spun dry, and letting them air for a few hours was enough to get them ready to be put back on the seats. What we can’t understand – given how straightforward the whole task was – is why no other manufacturer has offered, or currently offers, the same feature on their new cars.
I suspect many parents have quietly cursed at fixed seat covers that are stained with chocolate, crayon, grass stains or fruit juice. Our covers fit snugly, can be changed and replaced in minutes, and are easy to clean. Well done, Renault.
By Ed Callow
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