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.
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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