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, too.
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
This is an exceptionally competitive class, and the Renault Clio isn’t that far behind the class leaders.
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The 1.5-litre diesel engine is definitely worth a look because it’s strong and smooth, but it’s also pricey, so we’d be tempted to stick with the 0.9-litre turbocharged petrol engine.
Basic cars are reasonably well equipped, but you’ll need to trade up to Dynamique MediaNav trim to get the touch-screen infotainment pack. It’s worth paying the premium, though, as 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, as a whacky scheme can have a seriously detrimental effect on your car’s resale value.