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Renault Clio Review 2023

The Renault Clio is a compact hatchback that's been an ever-present on UK roads since its inception. Appealing to drivers with its affordability and high-quality interior, the Clio is available with either a petrol or hybrid powertrain. 

Rivals to the Clio include the Volkswagen Polo, Peugeot 208, Vauxhall Corsa, Toyota Yaris, and Audi A1

Our Renault Clio review covers:

Renault Clio Key Features

  • Recognisable front grille and hook-shaped LED lights 
  • Good interior design with plenty of technology 
  • 391 litre boot, decreases to 299 litres with a hybrid engine 
  • One petrol and a 1.6-litre hybrid are available 
  • Three trim levels

Renault Clio Pros and Cons:

Pros:

  • Decent interior that's well-equipped 
  • Hybrid engine is excellent to drive 
  • Good fuel economy 

Cons:

  • Ride quality is a bit firm 
  • Rivals are more fun to drive 
  • Exterior design feels dated 

Design, Practicality and Boot Space

The Clio is now in its fifth generation and recently received a facelift, but not much has changed regarding its exterior. It still has its recognisable front grille and refined rear end; the only noticeable change is some hook-shaped headlights. 

For a small hatchback, the Clio is relatively generous in terms of space. There's plenty of leg and headroom for a pair of adults up front, while space in the rear is decent. Six-footers will have their head touching the roof, but this is expected in a small hatchback. Practicality will fit the bill, but it does slightly fall short of the Volkswagen Polo or Honda Jazz

Renault Clio exterior

Boot space comes in at 391 litres, which is pretty standard for its class, and you can fold down the rear seats in a two-way 60:40 split. If you go for the hybrid version, space decreases to 299 litres, which is smaller than the Peugeot 208 and Skoda Fabia

Interior and Trims

The interior of the Clio is one of the best around. You get plenty of high-quality materials as standard, such as soft-touch plastics and fabric finishes that are on par with the Audi A1. Upgrade to the Esprit Alpine trim, and the interior really is smart, and it gives a sense of quality. 

As standard, the Clio has a seven-inch touchscreen infotainment system, but upgrade to the Esprit Alpine, and it increases to 9.3 inches. It comes standard with a DAB radio, smartphone mirroring, Bluetooth, and sat-nav and is relatively good to use but doesn't have a set of physical buttons like some of its rivals.

You also get a seven-inch digital driver display as standard, which is upgraded to ten inches on the range-topping trim. It displays sharp and crisp graphics but can't display sat-nav maps like in the Volkswagen Polo

Three trim levels are available: Evolution, Techno, and Esprit Alpine. 

Evolution kicks off with 16-inch diamond-cut alloy wheels, LED headlights, automatic air conditioning, a grey fabric upholstery, a seven-inch digital driver display, a seven-inch touchscreen infotainment system, rear parking sensors, and lane-keeping assist. 

Techno has 17-inch alloy wheels, a 60% biobased upholstery, a fabric steering wheel, a rear-view camera, multi-sense interior ambient lighting, and traffic sign recognition. 

Esprit Alpine has 17-inch diamond cut alloy wheels, a heated and leather-wrapped steering wheel, automatic headlights, a 10-inch digital instrument panel, a 9.3-inch infotainment display, heated front seats, sporty seat upholstery, three selectable driving modes, and radar cruise control. 

Power and Performance

The Clio's engine range is simple; there's a standard petrol engine and a petrol-electric hybrid. The petrol has a manual gearbox while the hybrid has an automatic, and both come with front-wheel drive. 

The entry-level 1.0-litre TCE petrol engine has 90bhp and achieves 0-62mph in 12.2 seconds. It returns a decent fuel economy of around 53mpg and is okay on the road but lacks power when operating at low revs. 

The hybrid engine, labelled the E-Tech 145, is our pick of the bunch. A 1.6-litre petrol engine assisted by a 1.2kWh electric motor, it produces a total power output of 145bhp and does 0-62mph in 9.3 seconds while coming with an official fuel economy of 64mpg, which falls slightly short of the Toyota Yaris hybrid.   

Renault claims that you can cruise up to 37mph in all-electric mode, but in the real world, it's more likely 20mph. 

Renault Clio interior

There's a reason why the Clio is so popular in the UK. On the road, it's versatile in all situations and is easy to drive, although it can be a bit boring. 

Around town, the Clio is fine when navigating tight city streets or being stuck in stop-start traffic. We'd suggest going for the hybrid engine if this is something you'll be doing a lot, as its automatic gearbox makes it easy to drive, and you can drive in pure-electric mode up to 37mph. 

Get on the motorway, and the Clio is suited to the inside lane rather than the outside. It can't match the high speeds of some of its rivals, like the Volkswagen Polo, and the suspension is firm at high speeds, which makes for a bit of road and wind noise. Once again, we'd suggest going for the hybrid engine here, as it's much quieter. 

On a country road, the Clio feels very safe. It doesn't lean much through corners, and there's plenty of road grip, which gives you confidence at higher speeds. You can also personalise how the Clio drives through the infotainment system, which allows you to change how heavy the steering is. However, if you're looking for fun, we'd suggest the Volkswagen Polo or Vauxhall Corsa

Leasing vs Buying

Prices for the new Renault Clio start from £16,830.00 OTR* or to lease from £155.06 per month.

Looking to get behind the wheel of the Renault Clio? Nationwide Vehicle Contracts is one of the UK's largest car leasing brokers and offers a range of leasing deals to suit your every need.

Leasing may be cheaper than an outright purchase, thanks to a low initial deposit and fixed monthly rentals.

*' On the road' price correct at time of publication and includes one year's road fund license, DVLA first registration fee and number plate fee. Prices are subject to change; always check with your nearest retailer.  

Customer Reviews

Renault Clio
Average Rating Based on 67 reviews
4.1 out of 5

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Diane Renault Clio 1.0 TCe 90 Evolution

Very happy with my car

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4.4 out of 5
Paul Renault Clio 1.6 E-TECH Hybrid 140 Iconic Auto 7 Speed

Really good small family car with high economy

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4.0 out of 5
Duangjai Renault Clio 1.0 TCe 90 RS Line

The engine feels a little bit rough on tick over but otherwise good.i don't understand why because petrol but sounds as rough as a diesel

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4.6 out of 5
Robert Renault Clio 1.0 TCe 100 RS Line

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5.0 out of 5
Helen Renault Clio 1.0 TCe 100 RS Line Bose Edition

nice and compact/easy to drive/ the air con has been a god send over the summer and looking forward to the heated seats in the coming winter!

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4.7 out of 5
Gail Renault Clio 1.0 TCe 100 RS Line (Leather/Bose)

Love having a new car. The features like SATNAV etc are great. I enjoy being in my car!

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4.9 out of 5
Grace Renault Clio 1.0 TCe 100 RS Line Bose Edition

Great car. High spec and drives lovely

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4.7 out of 5
Sharon Renault Clio 1.0 TCe 100 Iconic MY19

Great little car, low on fuel costs.

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4.7 out of 5
Russell Renault Clio 1.0 TCe 100 Iconic MY19

I have had several Renault Clio's in the past and have been very happy with them. This is no exception and I am more than happy with it.

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2.6 out of 5
Sally Renault Clio 0.9 TCE 90 GT Line *Inc Spare Wheel*

Very underpowered and not particularly economical for an engine size less than 1000cc

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1.9 out of 5
Stephen Renault Clio 0.9 TCE 90 GT Line *Inc Spare Wheel*

First time with a Renault. Doesn't feel particularly solid, poor performance and insurance could be cheaper.

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4.4 out of 5
Jennifer Renault Clio 0.9 TCE 90 Iconic 5dr

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5.0 out of 5
Philip Renault Clio 0.9 TCE 90 GT Line *Inc Spare Wheel*

A great alternative to Land Rover products as it does not keep going wrong. Good looking car with sparkling performance. Great price too.

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4.7 out of 5
James Renault Clio 0.9 TCE 90 Iconic *Inc Spare Wheel*

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5.0 out of 5
Lisa Renault Clio 0.9 TCE 90 Iconic *Inc Spare Wheel*

Very happy with the car and always found you very easy to deal with. thank you

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