So far the only A110 we’ve been in is the plush Première Edition, which at first glance seems pretty luxurious. There are lashings of leather on the seats, steering wheel, doors and dashboard, as well as a sprinkling of carbon fibre trim. There are even bits of its aluminium chassis on show, for a bit more glitz.
You don’t have to hunt hard to find cheaper materials, though. The plastics may have a pleasant grain and avoid being shiny, but they are hard to the touch – the price you pay for the car’s lightweight approach. You might also recognise plenty of the switches from various Renaults. Even so, the bits you interact with regularly feel decent. Everything falls naturally to hand and the interior is attractive to look at, if nowhere near as plush as a Porsche Cayman’s.
Infotainment is taken care of by a 7.0in touchscreen mounted in the middle of the dash with a DAB radio, Bluetooth connectivity and sat-nav. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto aren’t available, but there is a smartphone app you can download to control certain functions through the car. We found the sat-nav easy to follow and the menus fairly clear, although it isn’t the most responsive system we’ve tried and many of the icons are too small to hit on the move. While it runs the Jaguar F-Type’s system close, the Cayman’s system is more responsive and easier to use.
Finding a comfortable driving position is made easy by a seat and steering wheel that offer plenty of adjustment. Regardless of your height, you’ll be happy to spend a few hours on the road. A digital instrument cluster is standard, offering different displays for Comfort, Sport and Track modes.
Visibility is not the A110s strongest suit. Even by sports-car standards the rear screen is tiny and there’s no rear camera to help, just parking sensors at the back. We also found the thick front and rear roof pillars hampering the view out at junctions. At least the A110’s compact dimensions make it easy to place on the road.
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