Renault Clio GT 1.6 VVT 128 - Communication


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The Clio GT came equipped with a Bluetooth hands-free system allowing you to hook up your mobile phone wirelessly and make and receive calls safely, while on the move. Getting a phone connected is a breeze and I had no problem hooking up multiple handsets, including my iPhone 3G.

Once your phone is connected the signal strength is displayed at the bottom of the main navigation screen, but there’s no indication of battery life. You can access your entire contacts list via the car’s interface and click on any contact to initiate dialling. You can also choose the type of in-car ring tone, as well as its volume.

Unlike some systems, the one in the Clio GT doesn’t allow for voice dialling of every name in your contact list. Instead you have to record voice tags for each of the contacts that you think you’ll want to dial. This is somewhat laborious to do, but once it’s done, it’s done, and I far prefer pronouncing names the way they’re meant to be, rather than how an in-car system thinks they should be pronounced.

There’s a voice command button located on the steering column. Pressing this button mutes the music and prompts you to say the name of the contact you want to dial. Voice recognition was generally excellent, with the Clio recognising names first time and dialling without incident.

Call quality is slightly disappointing though. It’s fine inside the car – you can hear the person that you’re speaking to clear as day. However, for whoever is on the other end of the call, you come through sounding distant, with a slight buzzing evident whenever you speak. It doesn’t make the system unusable by any stretch of the imagination, but it’s not as good as it could be.