Renault’s love affair with the Renault Clio continues. The latest model comprises sensuous curves, an expressive front end and sporty rear shoulders.
Further styling updates include a new grille, a refreshed front bumper and a revised rear skirt. You’ll also be able to have your new Clio in four new paint colours – Mars Red, Titanium Grey, Arctic White and Iron Blue.
VARIANTS AND DETAILS
There are 5 different models to choose from. Expression, Play, Dynamique Nav, Dynamique S Nav and the Renault Sport. The Clio comes with a choice of four main engines, the basic 1.2 petrol, the 0.9-litre three-cylinder petrol motor and the 1.5-litre four-cylinder diesel, which each produce 89bhp.
If you need more power, there’s the option of a turbocharged 1.2 litre engine with 118bhp; there’s a 108bhp version of the 1.5-litre diesel. At the top of the range there’s a Renault sport 200 and 220 with 197bhp and 217bhp respectively, a dual-clutch gearbox and performance to match.
The Clio’s cabin looks fresh and modern, refined upholstery, full grain leather steering wheel and quality finishes set the atmosphere in the new passenger compartment. You will be able to personalise your driving experience, with a drive mode selector on and every model gets Bluetooth, a USB socket, a smartphone cradle that allows sat-nav and infotainment control and a DAB radio as standard. Higher-end editions of the Clio get a central touch-screen system.
Entry-level models come with the R&Go system that allows you to use your smartphone as the car’s infotainment system, while higher-spec models will come with either the Media Nav Evolution or the R-Link Evolution systems. Parking sensors at the front and back, as well as a reversing camera, while high-end models can be had with the option of an automated parking system.
The diesel is the star of the show, with CO2 emissions of just 90g/km making it exempt from road tax, while fuel economy of 80.7mpg means trips to the pumps won't be that frequent either. The 1.2-litre petrol engine has also improved fuel economy from 52.5 to 53.3mpg, while CO2 emissions have also dropped from 120 to 118g/km. This hasn't affected road tax, however.