Renault Clio ticks all the right boxes

The Clio’s chic looks appeal to a wide range of buyers, from first-time drivers to pensioners. Both the three and five-door models look well while the beefed-up bodywork on the RenaultSport model is excellently executed. The estate version actually looks good too.

The Clio’s chic looks appeal to a wide range of buyers, from first-time drivers to pensioners. Both the three and five-door models look well while the beefed-up bodywork on the RenaultSport model is excellently executed. The estate version actually looks good too.

n Performance

The Clio has grown so much and has such a heavy body that its 1.2 engine now seems very tame: 0-100km/h takes 13.4 seconds and 167km/h all out. The 1.4-litre fares better, managing 11.3 seconds to 100km/h and 183km/h at the top end. New 100hp 1.2 Turbo and 1.5 dCi should spice up the range nicely.

n Interior & Ergonomics

The current Clio’s dashboard is attractive and appealing to look at, with more intuitive switchgear and a better driving position than before. The seats are also exceptionally comfy though thick A-Pillars inhibit visibility. Safety

Three-door Clios have front and side airbags but Renault reckons the B-pillar negates the need for side airbags in 5-door models. It has a 5 star NCAP score with ISOFIX and belt reminders as standard, rear headrests and curtain airbags aren’t available on base models.

n Quality & Refinement

The quality of the Clio has improved. The interior plastics are good the closer you are to the driver.

n Equipment

All models get electric front windows, trip computer and a CD player. The Sport adds 15” alloys, a split folding rear seat, fog lamps, remote stereo controls and ‘sport headlamps’. Dynamique models add 16” alloys, side airbags & electric mirrors. Air con is optional across the range.