Renault Clio review

Category: Small car

Section: Introduction

Available fuel types:hybrid, diesel, petrol
Available colours:
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Introduction

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Since its introduction in 1990, we’ve got used to the Renault Clio going through more looks than an ageing pop star. Whether it’s just a nose job or a complete transformation, you know that the Madonna of small cars will be almost unrecognisable every time it comes back into the limelight.

So, imagine our surprise when we first saw pictures of the latest Clio, which clearly opted for evolution rather than revolution. But, then, the previous generation of Clio changed its image from sensible and practical to glamorous and desirable, so why mess with its good looks anyway?

It's only really when you see the latest model alongside its predecessor 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. And if you whip out a tape measure, you’ll find that it’s a little shorter, a touch lower and quite a bit wider for a more athletic shape.

Yet, despite losing a few inches, and indeed kilos, the Clio is actually more spacious than ever. And its interior is more upmarket, with a much greater focus on fit and finish, plus increased use of soft-touch plastics, especially on higher trim levels. This generation also marks the first appearance of petrol-electric hybrid power in the Clio, promising excellent emissions and fuel economy. There are also three plain petrol engines in a range of power outputs, as well as a single diesel. 

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

To find out if the Clio has what it takes, click through the next few pages to find out if the interior impresses with its plushness and space, if the driving experience is up to scratch and how it compares to those rivals. And, whichever model takes your fancy, peruse our New Car Buying section for sizeable discounts on plenty of makes and models, all without any awkward haggling.

At a glance

Number of trims5 see more
Available fuel typeshybrid, diesel, petrol
MPG range across all versions48.7 - 67.2
Avaliable doors options5
Warranty5 years / 100000 miles

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