The Renault Clio has long been one of the key small cars, and the latest incarnation is good enough to stand up to its established rivals, the Ford Fiesta, Skoda Fabia and Vauxhall Corsa, as well as more recent arrivals such as the Hyundai i20.
The Clio is just as practical as any other small car; it’s big enough for four adults, even if those in the back may grumble after a longer journey, and the boot has more than enough capacity for a weekly shop.
The Clio also offers a wider range of personalisation options than you’ll find on many of its rivals. You can go crazy with no end of colour and trim combinations – to the point where you may need to show some restraint if you’re planning to sell the car on after a couple of years.
On the whole, the Clio is just a little behind the likes of the Fiesta, Fabia and Volkswagen Polo when it comes to refinement and particularly ride comfort. However, certain editions – in particular the diesels – are particularly attractive.
Read on over the next few pages to get our in depth impressions on the Clio, along with our recommendations for which trim levels and engines to choose.