Driving position and dashboard
The Clio gets a decent amount of seat and steering wheel adjustment. The former is adjustable for height, although we’re yet to find out if lumbar support adjustment will be available. Even without it, we didn’t suffer any bad backs during the course of our testing. Indeed, the seats are comfortable although keen drivers might like a little more side support.
As for the steering wheel, this is reach and rake adjustable. A new design of airbag means the centre of the wheel is smaller, allowing you to see the 7.0in digital instrument cluster more clearly. Although you can switch between different views, it lacks the configurability and clarity of the Polo’s Active Info Display.
The gearlever is in easy reach as it’s mounted quite high, while our left-hand drive test cars had a seat, steering wheel and pedals that lined up well. They also had centre armrests fitted, although we’re yet to see UK specifications to know if all models get one.
Visibility, parking sensors and cameras
We’ve few complaints regarding the view out the front of the Clio. The screen and front windows are large, although the steeply raked windscreen pillars are rather thick, something that means pulling out of a T junction requires a little caution.
However, although the rear screen pillars aren’t as thick as in some rivals, the screen itself sweeps upwards over the rear lights, limiting your view. Our test car’s parking sensors and reversing camera helped, but we’re yet to find out what trims in the UK get these or how much they will cost to add as an option.
Sat nav and infotainment
All models have Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as standard. That’s true whether you get the basic 7.0in touchscreen that we’re yet to try or the upgraded 9.3in portrait-oriented system we sampled in our test car. This glass-fronted system has five touch sensitive buttons at its base, although we wish the two for the volume were replaced by a good old-fashioned knob.
Compared to previous Clio systems, the latest have much sharper graphics and more logically laid out menus. We also like the fact that the display is mounted high up on the dash, so you don't have to take your eyes too far from the road to operate it. Our only real complaint is that it can sometimes prove laggy, especially if you're exploring the sat-nav maps.
Even compared with the Polo or premium small cars such as the Audi A1, the abundant soft-touch plastics, colourful trims and leatherette not only look great but also help to make the Clio feel more expensive than it is.
All of the white trim in our images and much of the black stuff above it is squishy, while the controls feel more solid than in previous Clios. Factor in a supple leather steering wheel and substantial door pulls, and you have one of the plushest interiors in the class.