Entry-level Expression+ trim gets a CD and radio unit with DAB radio, Bluetooth, an aux-in socket and a USB connection that allows you to play and control your music through the car’s stereo system. Renault’s clever R&Go system also comes as standard at this level, allowing you to transform your smartphone into an infotainment controller with sat-nav when installed in its universal cradle through a free app. Just remember that, while an iPhone Plus or devices with a similar screen size might be usable, smaller phones will be tricky to operate on the move.
However, it’s worth paying the extra to upgrade to Dynamique Nav trim, which adds an upgraded stereo and a 7in colour touchscreen with UK sat-nav (European mapping is an optional extra). It’s a decent enough system, with most icons well labelled and easy to hit precisely, even when the car is moving. The main menus are logically laid out, too, although the layers of advanced settings can be tricky to understand and some icons are a little small. Rival systems such as that in the Crossland X have sharper graphics.
Signature X Nav and Signature S Nav trims add Renault’s R-Link system, which offers online connectivity (dependent on connection of an internet phone), voice control that allows you to call out phone contacts, addresses and various other commands, as well as enhanced sat-nav software with live traffic updates. It even reads out your text messages if you want it to, while a ‘3D’ sound system allows you to shift the focus of the sound to different areas of the cabin.
Android Auto also comes as standard with the R-Link system, allowing you to access smartphone applications such as navigation, music and messages. Unfortunately for iPhone users, Apple CarPlay is not available. Range-topping Signature S Nav adds a TomTom Live sat-nav system with a 36 months subscription to Live services which includes real-time traffic, fuel prices, safety alerts and weather.