Thanks in part to the latest Clio’s additional girth, 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.
Oddment storage has been increased significantly over the old car, with a much bigger glovebox to go with decent door bins, a deep tray in front of the gearlever with the availability of wireless charging and more storage under the central armrest.
While we can’t call the Clio bad for rear seat space, 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.
The Clio’s generous width should help squeeze three in the back a little easier, as well as a fairly low hump in the centre of the floor.
Seat folding and flexibility
As we’re still waiting for full specifications to be announced, all we know for sure is that the rear seats have a 60/40 split for folding. The buttons for doing this are located by the rear headrests therefore easily accessible from the boot.
On paper, the Clio looks to have a truly cavernous boot for the standards of the class. At 391 litres, it’s not just bigger than those of its rivals, but than the Volkswagen Golf from the class above, too. Furthermore, you get a two-level boot floor, so you can either maximise space or reduce the size of the load lip.
It’s not perfect, though. The opening of the tailgate is higher off the ground than before in a bid to prevent the hatch getting damaged if the car’s involved in a low speed accident. That’s great for reducing insurance costs, but less handy if you’ve got heavy shopping bags to haul over the high boot lip.