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).

 

Trim Lines are Play, Iconic, S-Edition and RS Line. 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 increases the alloys to 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.

 

Two engines are avaialble, a 1.0 litre three cylinder petrol with 89bhp, only avaialbe with a manual gearbox. The economy is a claimed 54.3 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 1.2 kWh. 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.

 Spring Best Buy – Renault Clio 1.0 89bhp petrol Iconic  Manual  –  Nil Advance Payment  (£63.55 wpms)

Price reduced from previous quarter price Spring Best Buy – Renault Clio 1.6 138bhp petrol Hybrid RS Line Automatic  –  £195 Advance Payment (£64.83  wpms)

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