Renault Clio review

Category: Small car

Section: Introduction

Available fuel types:hybrid, petrol
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RRP £16,200What Car? Target Price from£14,017
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Introduction

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We’ve got used to the Renault Clio going through more costume changes than Madonna. From not-so-subtle nose jobs to complete transformations, each new version has had a style of its own.

Imagine our surprise, then, when we first saw pictures of this latest Clio, for which the French manufacturer clearly opted for evolution rather than revolution. That said, the previous generation of the small car was more glamorous and desirable than its sensible predecessor, so why mess with it?

It's only really when you see the current model alongside the previous one that you notice the larger front grille and C-shaped daytime running lights that bring it into line with the rest of the Renault range. If you whip out a tape measure, you’ll see that it’s a little shorter, a touch lower and quite a bit wider, giving it a more athletic shape overall.

This generation also marks the first appearance of a petrol-electric hybrid power in the Clio, promising excellent official emissions and fuel economy. There are also two plain petrol engines (diesel options have been dropped completely). 

As ever, the Clio has its work cut out to stand its ground in a class that’s packed full of great cars. Keen drivers have the Ford Fiesta, those looking something a bit plusher might consider an Audi A1 and you can’t forget the talented all-rounder that is the VW Polo.

To find out whether the Renault Clio has what it takes to compete with them, read on through the next few page of this review, where we'll tell you whether the interior impressed use with its plushness and space, if the driving experience is up to scratch and how it compares to those rivals.

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At a glance

Number of trims5 see more
Available fuel types Which fuel is best for you? hybrid, petrol
MPG range across all versions48.7 - 67.3
Avaliable doors options5
Warranty5 years / 100000 miles
Company car tax at 20% (min/max)£862 / £1,309
Company car tax at 40% (min/max)£1,724 / £2,618

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