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Price (on the road)

ยฃ12,490-ยฃ24,295

Target Price (cash)

ยฃ11,755-ยฃ22,307

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  • Rear parking sensors (ยฃ215)

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ยฃ167.71-ยฃ314.5/month

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Engines

0.9 TCE 75
We are yet to try out this variant
0.9 TCE 75
We are yet to try out this variant
1.5 dCi 110
This high-power version of the 1.5-litre diesel offers noticeably better acceleration and flexibility with little economy and emissions penalty. Itโ€™s only available from the higher-spec Dynamique S Nav trim, making it an expensive option, though. With that in mind, weโ€™d stick to the dCi 90.
1.5 dCi 90
This diesel option emits as little as 82g/km of CO2 (although in most editions, itโ€™s 85g/km) and itโ€™s also the most economical of the motors in real-world use. By small diesel standards this is a particularly strong engine, with enough low-down torque to cope comfortably with the Clioโ€™s weight, and very little clatter or vibration.
1.6T 16V 220 Auto
This is effectively the same engine as the 200, but tuned to provide even more power. Despite having an additional 20bhp, emissions are barely any worse at 135g/km. Only available with the Trophy version of the Renault Sport Clio.
1.6T 16V 200 Auto
The hot Clio gets a 1.6-litre turbocharged petrol engine producing 198bhp. Itโ€™s available only with a dual-clutch gearbox that can be operated in โ€˜manualโ€™ mode by paddles behind the steering wheel. As you might expect, the 200 is pretty rapid, with 0-62mph taking just 6.7sec. However, itโ€™s also the least efficient of the Clio line-up, with CO2 emissions of 133g/km.
1.2 TCE
This is the most powerful of the non-Renault Sport Clios, a 1.2-litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine. Itโ€™s certainly nippy, but is significantly worse for both economy and emissions than the 0.9-litre petrol. Hard to recommend unless you want a petrol engine with an automatic gearbox.
1.2 16V
The 1.2-litre 74bhp engine is a carry-over from the previous Clio and it feels like it, with notably higher CO2 emissions than the 0.9 three-cylinder motor. Renault clearly sees it as a value proposition, because itโ€™s the only engine with which you can specify the cheapest, basic Expression trim. You can at least order it with the more appealing Dynamique Nav trim, too, though. The four-cylinder motorโ€™s not bad, in fact, but weโ€™d look elsewhere in the range.
0.9 TCE 90
This is the Clioโ€™s core petrol engine, a three-cylinder turbocharged motor producing 89bhp and emitting as few as 94g/km of CO2. Itโ€™s not the quickest performer, offering solid rather than peppy pace, and under acceleration has quite a noticeable thrum. That said, it delivers decent real-world economy and is our pick of the Clioโ€™s petrols.

Miles per gallon

Official fuel economy figure

47.9-88.3 mpg

CO2 Emissions

Official emissions rating

104-94 g/km

VED Tax band

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F-F

Boot capacity

How much space is there?

1146 litres

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