Renault Clio hybrid: specifications and prices

Looking for a supermini with super economy? The 2020 Renault Clio E-Tech Hybrid adds petrol-electric power to the popular Clio recipe

James Wilson
Feb 6, 2020

Renault is set to offer a low-emission alternative to its small hatchback, with the upcoming Clio E-Tech Hybrid - which gains an electric motor to boost its petrol engine and reduce fuel consumption. Prices are as yet unconfirmed but UK sales are set to start in June 2020.

Renault’s new Clio E-Tech self-charging hybrid joins a range of petrol and diesel Clios already on sale, launched in 2019. On paper, the hybrid Clio is set to offer impressive fuel economy and low emissions, which should help it stand out as a good option for those looking to reduce the carbon footprint of their personal transport.

If your motivation for going hybrid is to reduce your bills, however, be aware that you're probably better off saving several thousands pounds on a nearly-new Clio and spending a little more on fuel. 

It isn’t just in house rivals that the 2020 Renault Clio E-Tech Hybrid has to compete against, though, there are a growing number of electrified small cars all fighting for sales, plus the small matter of economical petrol-powered alternatives, which are typically notably cheaper to finance or buy.

To find out exactly what the 2020 Renault Clio E-Tech Hybrid is offering UK motorists, keep reading below.

Quick facts

  • UK sales to start in June 2020
  • Self-charging hybrid uses 1.6-litre petrol
  • Claimed total power output of 140hp
  • Can be electric-only at up to 38mph
  • Sub-100g/km carbon dioxide emissions
  • E-Tech range to gain Captur and Megane

2020 Renault Clio E-Tech Hybrid specs and trims

Renault is yet to announce official trims for its hybrid Clio but it is expected that it will be offered in Play, Iconic and S Edition trims – mirroring that of the non-hybrid Clios. As an indication of standard equipment, Clios in Play trim feature cruise control, air-conditioning and autonomous emergency braking.

Iconic trim turns things up a notch with fog lights, keyless entry and start, rear parking sensors and a leather steering wheel. Meanwhile, S Edition brings automatic air-conditioning, a rearview parking camera, front and rear parking sensors, automatic high beam headlights (which are powerful LED units) and electric rear windows. Whether hybrid Clios follow these exactly will be confirmed in due course.

What has been confirmed, though, is that all models will come with a seven-inch digital dash display, a seven-inch horizontal (or 9.3-inch vertical) central touchscreen media system, E-Tech badges dotted around the exterior, a unique gear knob and an EV (electric vehicle) starter button.

2020 Renault Clio E-Tech Hybrid prices

While the world waits for Renault to confirm pricing for the 2020 Clio E-Tech Hybrid, we have at least a good idea of where it will sit – the £18,000 to £22,000 region. This may seem expensive for a supermini - and it is - so if you want the lowest overall costs, it may be worth opting for a cheaper petrol version, as if you don't cover many miles, you may never recoup the hybrid version's higher price in fuel savings.

As for delivery dates, UK sales start in June but there has been no word on whether deliveries will start at the same time. To stay on top of any updates, be sure to keep checking back on BuyaCar.co.uk.

2020 Renault Clio E-Tech Hybrid fuel economy

Hidden underneath the Clio E-Tech Hybrid’s bodywork is a 1.6-litre petrol engine working in tandem with two electric motors. In total, Renault claims the system can pump out 140hp (which is pretty strong for this type of car) and emit less than 100g/km of CO2 under the latest emission testing procedure – although the emissions figure is yet to be officially certified.

On top of that, the Clio E-Tech Hybrid is claimed to be capable of driving at speeds of up to 38mph under battery power alone in certain circumstances. Being that the Renault Clio E-Tech is a self-charging hybrid there is no plugging in to worry about, the battery pack is replenished through energy recovered from braking. This means, however, that you can't travel anywhere near as far on battery power as with a plug-in hybrid, as these feature larger batteries, or a fully electric car.

If you are getting lost in all the electric car terminology, fear not, you are not alone. Happily, there is a BuyaCar electric car jargon buster available to help you decode all the jargon.

Renault is keeping official performance figures under wraps for now, but you can expect the Clio E-Tech Hybrid to have a 0 to 62mph time of around nine seconds and a top speed somewhere in the region of 90 to 100mph.

2020 Renault Clio E-Tech Hybrid rivals

Up until recently, there have been few supermini-sized hybrids, meaning that cars like the Renault Clio, Ford Fiesta and Seat Ibiza have typically been petrol powered with a few diesel options. Toyota was ahead of the curve with its hybrid Yaris, but that was it. Now the Yaris is about to be replaced, however, is a great time to pick up a top-value used version if you want a low-cost hybrid supermini.

Now though, more and more manufacturers are entering the world of electrified small cars with models such as the Fiat 500 mild-hybrid and Suzuki Swift mild-hybrid on the table.

At the same time, the capability of small all-electric cars is better than ever. The latest Renault Zoe promises 245 miles of range under official testing and the Peugeot e-208 promises 217 miles – both of which are more than enough for most motorists’ daily driving requirements.

Then, of course, there is a wealth of traditional non-hybrid cars which make compelling cases for themselves. To name but a few there is the Ford Fiesta, Seat Ibiza, Kia Rio, Hyundai i20, Nissan Micra, Volkswagen Polo, Audi A1, Peugeot 208 and Vauxhall Corsa.

2020 Renault Clio E-Tech Hybrid technology

One thing that sets Renault apart from a lot of other car manufacturers trying their hand at electrified cars is that Renault has spent years competing at the pinnacle of motorsport – Formula 1, which has used hybrid technology for some time now. More recently it has also become involved in an all-electric racing series called Formula E.

The lessons learned designing batteries and electric motors for competition are claimed to have been fed down into Renault's E-Tech road cars. The Clio isn’t the only E-Tech model on the horizon, Renault has confirmed a plug-in hybrid Captur E-Tech crossover and plug-in hybrid Megane E-Tech VW Golf-rival, too.

But back to the Clio E-Tech. Renault has designed a ‘brake’ mode which, when selected, ups the regenerative braking from the electric motor - meaning more charge is pumped back into the batteries when lifting off the throttle - making it possible to drive without having to use the brake pedal in many motoring situations, as simply easing off the accelerator causes the car to slow relatively quickly.

On top of this, Renault includes its highway and traffic jam companion which is basically a swanky cruise control system which automatically adjusts vehicle speed based on the distance from the car in front (including in stop/start traffic) while also helping maintain a central position in a lane.

 

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