Passenger & boot space
How it copes with people and clutter
Thanks in part to the latest Clio’s additional girth compared to its predecessor, front space is generous to say the least, with plenty of head and leg room for drivers well over six feet tall, and little danger of clashing elbows with your passenger. Still, you’ll have no complaints in a Peugeot 208, Ford Fiesta or Volkswagen Polo, either.
Oddment storage has been increased significantly over the previous version, too, with a much bigger glovebox, decent door bins and a deep tray in front of the gearlever. Depending on trim level and options fitted, you can also have wireless charging and more storage under the central armrest that’s available on plusher trims.
Rear space is plentiful for a car of this size, although there’s no doubt that an adult over six-feet tall will find their head very close to the roof lining. Should a similarly proportioned driver be in front of them, the rear passenger’s knees will be wedged against the front seat back. This fact comes despite the fact that the front seats of the latest model are sculpted to be thinner to allow for more knee room in the back than its predecessor could offer.
Meanwhile, a decently wide rear seat should help three to squeeze in the back a little easier, as should the fairly low hump in the centre of the floor. Hybrid models are just as spacious as regular versions of the Clio, although neither have as much rear space as the Volkswagen Polo.
Seat folding and flexibility
Every Clio has 60/40 split folding rear seats, which is par for the course in this class. They allow you to carry one or two rear passengers at the same time as a long or bulky load – such as long pieces of luggage or flatpack furniture. The seatbacks fold to create a flat floor, but the front passenger seat doesn’t fold far enough forward to significantly help with extra long loads.
On paper, the Clio looks to have a truly cavernous boot by the standards of the class. At 391 litres in petrol models, it’s not just bigger than those of its rivals, it’s also bigger than that of the Volkswagen Golf from the class above. Furthermore, you get a two-level boot floor so you can either maximise space or reduce the height of the lip when loading through the tailgate – in the floor’s lowest position, lifting heavy items in and out can be rather awkward.
Diesel Clios miss out on a small amount of boot space, coming in at 366 litres, although the E-Tech drops down to just 301 litres. This is less space than you’ll find in a Ford Fiesta or Honda Jazz, but still a little better than the Toyota Yaris.
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