New warm hatch for Renault Clio range

  • New GT-Line model for supermini range
  • 1.2 turbo gives average economy of 54.3mpg
  • Available to order now, priced from £17,395
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Read the Renault Clio review
This is the new Renault Clio GT-Line – a 1.2-litre turbocharged petrol model that sits below the Renaultsport 200 hot hatch.

Its 1.2-litre engine produces 118bhp and 140lb ft of torque, giving warm hatch performance of 0-62mph in 9.9 seconds and a top speed of 121mph. It's available only with Renault's dual-clutch automatic transmission, which features steering-column-mounted gearshift paddles.

The GT-Line was developed by Renaultsport and is fitted with a 'sport' chassis as standard, as well as shock absorbers that are 40% stiffer than those on the regular car. RS Drive software also allows the driver to switch between Normal and Sport driving modes – the latter sharpens the throttle response and quickens gearchanges.

Renault has given the car plenty of styling upgrades, including 17-inch alloys, revised front and rear bumpers, a rear diffuser and spoiler, plus twin chrome exhaust tailpipes.

In the cabin, the GT-Line gets chrome and gloss black detailing, a leather-trimmed steering wheel and sports seats. Renault's R-Link touch-screen infotainment and navigation system is also standard.

An upgraded sound system, Bluetooth, keyless entry and start, and air-conditioning complete the standard kit list.

The starting price for the GT-Line is £17,395, which is £1600 less than the range-topping Renaultsport 200, but £400 more than the Ford Fiesta ST, which will do 0-62mph 3.0 seconds faster.

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However, Renault is hoping to tempt buyers with the GT-Line's lower running and insurance costs. Average economy is 54.3mpg, and CO2 emissions are 120g/km. That means zero-rated road tax in its first year and just £30 annually thereafter.

The Renault Clio GT-Line is available to order now, with the first deliveries expected in September.

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By Ed Callow

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