Renault Clio

Renault Clio review

Passenger & boot space
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Passenger & boot space

How it copes with people and clutter

Front space

The Clio offers a good amount of space in the front seats. Even tall adults will find head and leg room perfectly adequate, and there’s a decent amount of shoulder room, too.

It’s a bit weak on storage options though, with a small glovebox and door bins, and nowhere obvious to put your mobile phone while it’s charging.

Rear space

Two grown-ups can fit into the Clio’s rear seats without too much effort. Mind you, if they’re tall you’ll probably hear dissenting voices if you inflict a really long journey upon them; leg room is average and the sloping roofline limits head room for anyone over six-feet. Rivals such as the Skoda Fabia or Kia Rio are better choices if you regularly carry adults in the back.

Renault Clio

Seat folding and flexibility

Generally speaking, apart from the Honda Jazz’s clever rear seats, we don’t really expect radical flexibility from a small car’s seating arrangement. The Clio proves not to be an exception; its rear seats fold down in a 60/40 split in case you need to increase the boot capacity - although they don’t go down completely flat – and that, we’re afraid, is it.

Boot space

The Clio’s boot is on a par with those of most rivals at 300 litres. What does that mean in the real world? Well, you should easily fit in the family’s weekly shop, although larger clobber, such as a toddler’s buggy or pram with a chassis, may prove more of a challenge. The rear seats fold down to free up more space, although they leave a large step in the extended floor area when you do; this can make it awkward to slide in larger, heavier items.


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