Renault Clio 2019 LHD launch car centre console

Renault Clio review

Costs & verdict

Manufacturer price from:£14,295
What Car? Target Price£13,691
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Costs & verdict

Everyday costs, plus how reliable and safe it is

Costs, insurance groups, MPG and CO2

We might not know pricing for the new Clio, but we can comment on its efficiency. If you’re after the cleanest, least thirsty engine the 1.5-litre diesel is the one for you thanks to CO2 emissions of 95g/km and combined fuel economy of 78.5mpg.

However, the 1.0-litre petrol isn’t too far behind, emitting just 100g/km of CO2 and averaging 64.2mpg. Pick the 1.3-litre, and things aren’t quite so rosy. Economy drops to a still reasonable 54.3mpg with emissions at 119g/km.

Equipment, options and extras

The good news is that we know there’ll be three trim levels, entry-level Play, mid-rung Iconic and sporty R.S. Line at the top of the range. The bad news is that we don’t yet know what features these trims include exactly, nor exactly what options will be available. We’ll update as soon as we know all the juicy details.

Renault Clio 2019 LHD launch car centre console

Reliability

Although we have no data on this latest Clio, Renault as a whole came 19th out of 31 manufacturers in the 2018 What Car? Reliability Survey. As for the warranty, we’re yet to find out about that, too.

Safety and security

Euro NCAP has already crash tested the Clio, and awarded it the maximum five stars. Not only is it good at protecting its occupants in a crash, it helps to prevent you having one in the first place; Automatic Emergency Braking (AEB), traffic sign recognition and lane-keeping assistance are all standard.

Autonomous driving functionality is also available, albeit in a limited capacity. This includes adaptive cruise control – nothing new in the class – but also lane-centring assistance. The latter goes one step further than lane-keeping assistance, which just keeps you within the white lines. Instead, lane-centring assistance does exactly what it says on the tin, keep the Clio in the centre of its lane.

On a gently curving motorway with clear white lines, it works rather well, guiding the car neatly around bends. However, the system shuts off in tighter bends and does get confused by shadows.

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Verdict

It might not be the most fun or comfortable small car, but the Clio is reasonably comfortable and handles tidily enough, especially with the 1.3-litre engine under the bonnet. However, the Clio’s attractive high-quality interior is one of the most appealing in the class and it has a huge boot. All being well with pricing and equipment levels, it should be a serious contender.

  • Plush interior
  • Big boot
  • Decent economy and emissions
  • Weak 1.0-litre engine
  • Clunky manual gearbox
  • High boot loading lip

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