2020 Renault Clio Review

5/5

Overview

The Renault Clio has been around for thirty years, becoming the best selling French car of all time in the process. It has won two European car of the year awards and has recently become the best-selling supermini in Europe. The fifth generation Clio is a totally new car and comes well equipped with LED headlights, infotainment screen, 16 inch alloy wheels and cruise control as standard. There are three trim levels to choose from; Play, Iconic and R.S. Line, with the latter being a reference to the Sportier Renaults. It is an attractive, good-sized supermini that is more economical and dynamic than ever before. 

Pros
  • Extensive list of standard equipment
  • Interior design is both functional and fun
  • Typical Renault comfort and refinement
  • Class-leading boot space
  • Highly rated infotainment system
Cons
  • Styling not as adventurous as some rivals

Exterior

The design is a little more rounded, sharper in some places and generally classier than the old version. It has a wide stance on the road thanks to some pleasant horizontal lines that help it to belie its compact size. You can expect some signature Renault Clio design cues such as the concealed rear door handles in the C-pillar and the nice large diamond badge in the front grille, but there is nothing here that is going to scare away the Clio’s traditional base. Papa and Nicole would certainly approve!

Interior

While the exterior changes have been subliminal, there are more substantial changes inside where there is a new minimalistic approach to interior design. That does not stop it from being fun though and while there have been question marks over the quality of some old French interiors, the fit and finish of the new Clio is generally excellent. There are lashings of soft-touch materials and high-quality plastics along with a leather-bound steering wheel and handbrake. There is a state of the art extremely usable infotainment system and lots of handy cubby-holes dotted around the cabin. A comfortable place to be whether on long journeys or short, just as a French car should be!

Performance

Engine choices come in the shape of a one-litre, three-cylinder petrol with 71bhp and a five speed manual gearbox, a one-litre, three-cylinder turbo with 99bhp, a 1.3 turbo petrol with 129bhp and a snappy seven-speed dual clutch automatic and an 84bhp 1.5 litre diesel variant with all offering a fine blend of performance and economy. 

Reliability

Every new Clio comes with Renault’s new five year warranty package with the first two years unlimited mileage and the final three years limited to 200,000 kilometres. Every new Renault comes with five years Renault Assistance.

Running Costs

Unsurprisingly, the diesel is the cheapest to run with claimed fuel economy figures of 67.1 miles per gallon. The small petrol engined models also return impressive economy though at upwards of 50 miles per gallon. Renault also have some attractive PCP options at present. 

Handling

This is the area where the Clio really does shine which may not be a huge surprise to those you with experience of the ride and refinement of French cars of yore. It is extremely quiet on the motorway with minimal intrusion from wind or tyre noise. It generally feels like a more grown up Clio, you can take corners with confidence thanks to the assured steering and brakes. The light clutch and slick manual boxes make it a nice car to spin about in and occasionally increase your pulse. 

Safety

This Renault Clio was awarded a full five-star NCAP safety rating which is no surprise as it comes with an extensive list of all the latest safety equipment and features as standard. 

Summary

Exterior
80%
Interior
90%
Performance
80%
Reliability
90%
Running Costs
90%
Handling
90%
Safety
100%

The Renault Clio has been around for thirty years, becoming the best selling French car of all time in the process. It has won two European car of the year awards and has recently become the best-selling supermini in Europe. The fifth generation Clio is a totally new car and comes well equipped with LED headlights, infotainment screen, 16 inch alloy wheels and cruise control as standard. There are three trim levels to choose from; Play, Iconic and R.S. Line, with the latter being a reference to the Sportier Renaults. It is an attractive, good-sized supermini that is more economical and dynamic than ever before.