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For The Renault Clio has some smooth and flexible engines, and most versions are affordable to run. The touch-screen infotainment system fitted to high-end models is packed with features and is easy to use.

Against The gearshift is notchy and some cheap-feeling plastics are on display in the cabin. The rear seats don’t fold totally flat, and the Clio doesn’t ride quite as well as the best superminis.

Renault Clio Hatchback
44 5stars

This is an exceptionally competitive class, and the Renault Clio isn’t that far behind the class leaders.

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3.8

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There are 16 Renault Clio versions available

Hatchback 1.2 75 Expression 5dr £10,995 TBA
Hatchback 1.2 75 Expression + 5dr £12,495 TBA
Hatchback 0.9 TCe 90 Expression + 5dr £13,495
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.2 75 Dynamique Media Nav 5dr £13,495 TBA
Hatchback 0.9 TCe 90 Eco Expression + 5dr £13,745
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Hatchback 0.9 TCe 90 Dynamique Media Nav 5dr £14,495
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.5 dCi 90 Expression + 5dr £14,595
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Hatchback 0.9 TCe Eco Dyn'que Media Nav 5dr £14,745
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.5 dCi 90 Eco Expression + 5dr £14,845
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Hatchback 0.9 TCe 90 Dyn'que S Media Nav 5dr £15,495
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.5 dCi 90 Dynamique Media Nav 5dr £15,595
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.5 dCi 90 Eco Dyn'q Media Nav 5dr £15,845
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.5 dCi 90 Dyn'q S Media Nav 5dr £16,595
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.2 TCe 120 GT-Line EDC 5dr £17,395
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.6 Renaultsport 200 5dr £18,995
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.6 Renaultsport 200 Lux 5dr £19,995
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5

Buyer's notes

Target Price team says:

The 1.5-litre diesel engine is definitely worth a look because it’s strong and smooth. It's also pricey, but is worth the money if you can afford it. The 0.9-litre turbocharged petrol engine is another good choice, although it doesn't suit the car as well as the diesel.

Entry-level cars are reasonably well equipped, but you’ll need to trade up to Dynamique Media Nav trim to get the touch-screen infotainment pack. It’s worth paying the premium, though, because it’s an excellent system and gives the cabin a real lift. It’ll also add appeal, as well as value, when you come to sell the car on.

Beyond this, you can personalise your Clio to your heart’s content, thanks to no end of colour and trim combinations. A word of warning, though; don’t go too crazy with your colour options, because a whacky scheme can have a seriously detrimental effect on your car’s resale value.

Reader test team says:

Renault Clio Hatchback 1.2 75 Dynamique Media Nav 5dr

First of all, it's a car that attracts positive attention. I wanted something with more character and distinctiveness compared to other small cars…

Roddy Gauld

4 out of 5 stars

Renault Clio Hatchback 0.9 TCe 90 Expression + 5dr

I have the expression+ 1.2 petrol. As looks go the visual impact of the car from outside is great looks sporty and smart. Behind the wheel the car…

sue davies

2 out of 5 stars

Renault Clio Hatchback 0.9 TCe 90 Dyn'que S Media Nav 5dr

I have a lot of good things to say about this car so far! Firstly the outside. Mine is a white Dynamique S and it looks really special. It is a…

David Mitchell

5 out of 5 stars

Renault Clio Hatchback 1.5 dCi 90 Eco Dyn'q Media Nav 5dr

I bought this brand new in September as my first Renault. This car looks good, especially in the flame red and it's a real head turner. The inside is…

John Rostron

4 out of 5 stars
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