Renault Clio review

Category: Small car

Section: Costs & verdict

Renault Clio 2021 boot open
  • Renault Clio 2021 front
  • Renault Clio 2021 rear cornering
  • Renault Clio 2021 interior dashboard
  • Renault Clio 2021 interior rear seats
  • Renault Clio 2021 boot open
  • Renault Clio 2021 interior infotainment
  • Renault Clio 2021 rear right tracking
  • Renault Clio 2021 right tracking
  • Renault Clio 2021 rear tracking
  • Renault Clio 2021 interior front seats
  • Renault Clio 2021 interior detail
  • Renault Clio 2021 interior detail
  • Renault Clio 2021 front
  • Renault Clio 2021 rear cornering
  • Renault Clio 2021 interior dashboard
  • Renault Clio 2021 interior rear seats
  • Renault Clio 2021 boot open
  • Renault Clio 2021 interior infotainment
  • Renault Clio 2021 rear right tracking
  • Renault Clio 2021 right tracking
  • Renault Clio 2021 rear tracking
  • Renault Clio 2021 interior front seats
  • Renault Clio 2021 interior detail
  • Renault Clio 2021 interior detail
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In this section:
  • Costs, insurance groups, MPG and CO2
  • Equipment, options and extras
  • Reliability
  • Safety and security

Costs & verdict

Everyday costs, plus how reliable and safe it is

Costs, insurance groups, MPG and CO2

The Renault Clio range starts at a lower price than the VW Polo if you opt for the smallest non-turbocharged engine and the most basic trim, but we’d recommend spending a bit more to upgrade to Iconic trim with the turbocharged TCe 90 petrol engine.

With a claimed economy figure of 64.2mpg, the E-Tech hybrid is the most frugal Clio on paper, although its True MPG test result of 51.6mpg is a little disappointing (for reference, the Toyota Yaris returned nearly 60mpg). It should, however, be a cheap car to run for company car buyers thanks to its CO2 emissions (from as little as 98g/km).

Top-spec RS Line is even pricier, but provides a lot of styling tweaks, including a specially styled front bumper, plus unique interior stitching and upholstery. It gets LED fog lamps, the larger 9.3in infotainment screen and tinted side windows.

Renault Clio 2021 interior infotainment

Reliability

Although we have no data on this latest Clio, Renault as a whole came a shocking 30th out of 31 manufacturers in the What Car? Reliability Survey.

Every new Renault carries a five-year warranty, though, and there’s no mileage limit for the first two years (a 100,000 limit applies after that). Renault also provides three years (or 60,000 miles) of roadside assistance cover.

Overview

It might not be the most fun or comfortable small car, but the Clio continues to be a great all-rounder. The frugal E-Tech hybrid version will appeal to company car users, but the TCe 100 petrol is our pick. Stick with the mid-range Iconic trim and you’ll have yourself a very well-priced and practical family car, although interior quality and the infotainment system can’t compete with its german Volkswagen Polo rival.

  • Class-leading safety equipment
  • Practical boot
  • Smooth hybrid system
  • Laggy infotainment screen
  • Clunky manual gearbox
  • High boot loading lip
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