Renault Clio

The mark 5 Renault Clio, new for 2020, is 85% a new car but it looks surprisingly similar to the old one, which says more about how good the old Clio looks than any neglect from the designers, this is evolution not design revolution. Underneath and inside, however, the Clio has undergone a ground-up rethink. There’s a new platform, for starters – the Renault-Nissan Alliance’s all-new CMF-B architecture. If the outside looks familiar, the cabin is undeniably where Renault has made the biggest effort. The car is a teeny bit shorter than its predecessor, in overall length and wheelbase, but the company has worked hard on trimming millimetres from interior structures to make the cabin more spacious and the boot more practical. The dash is dominated by a crisp new infotainment display that can be up to 9.3 inches in size, as well as angled towards the driver and slightly curved. Renault claims a boot capacity of 391 litres for petrol editions (this drops to 366 litres on the diesel, presumably thanks to the AdBlue tank).


The Play trim starts the Clio range. On the outside, it has 16-inch alloy wheels, LED daytime running lights and chrome trim. Inside is a two-speaker DAB radio with Bluetooth compatibility. Other tech includes cruise control, Stop & Go functionality, hill-start assistance and emergency brake assistance. The Iconic version is the pick of the range, the Alloys are 17 inches in size and now has rear parking sensors, It retains all of the features found on the Play trim, while adding a 7-inch infotainment touchscreen with built-in navigation and Apple CarPlay/Android Auto compatibility. The RS Line adds aluminium pedal trims, more supportive sports seats, some bright red trim on the dashboard, a nine-inch touchscreen infotainment system with built-in smartphone mirroring and a digital driver’s display instead of conventional analogue dials, cruise control, parking sensors, rear parking camera and traffic sign recognition. If the seats are to your liking the RS Line would be our choice.


Three engines are avaialble, a 1.0 litre three cylinder petrol with 99 bhp as a manual or automatic, a 1.3 litre four cylinder petrol with 128 bhp which is automatic only and a manual only 1.5 litre diesel offering 85 bhp. The small petrol can reach 62 miles per hour in 11.8 seconds and on to a top speed of 116 mph, economy is a claimed 54.3 miles per gallon. The 1.5 litre diesel offers more midrange torque but is not sprightly, 0-62 mph takes 14.7 seconds and while the economy is a claimed 67.2 miles per gallon it is just a little too sedentary to recommend. The 1.3 litre petrol only avaialble in RS Line as an automatic is a hoot, 0-62 miles per hour in 9 seconds a top speed of 124 miles per hour puts it firmly in the ‘warm hatch’ category, economy is also an impressive 49.6 miles per gallon. The new E-TECH hybrid model combines a 1.6-litre four cylinder petrol engine with a pair of electric motors and a relatively small battery, only avaialble as an automatic it has 138bhp which can propel the Clio to 62 mph in 9.9 seconds and offer a claimed economy of 64.2 mpg.

 Autumn Best Buy – Renault Clio 1.0 99bhp petrol Iconic  Manual  –  Nil Advance Payment  (£63.28 wpms) or £95 (£63.91 wpms) as an Automatic

 Autumn Best Buy – Renault Clio 1.6 138bhp petrol Hybrid RS Line Automatic  –  £295 Advance Payment (£65.51  wpms)