Renault Clio (2019-present)

Stylish, comfy and well-equipped, the Clio is more appealing than ever, proving a strong alternative to the Ford Fiesta and Vauxhall Corsa

Strengths & Weaknesses

Strengths 

Good to drive
Lots of standard equipment
Strong interior quality

Weaknesses 

Limited rear space
Rivals are more enjoyable to drive
Some engines lack character
Best finance deal

Renault Clio Hatchback (2016-2019) 0.9 tce 75 play 5dr

Finance price £140 per month

Cash price £9,295

Renault Clio prices from £11,800   Finance from £169 per month

With more than 15 million Renault Clios having found homes in Europe, it is the continent’s most popular supermini. Such success didn’t happen overnight though, different versions of the Clio have been around for three decades, offering charming styling, enticing finance deals and fiery performance editions along the way.

While mainland sales have always been strong,  in the UK the Ford Fiesta tends to outsell the Clio. In the past the Fiesta has represented a better all-round package than the Clio. In its latest guise, though, the French hatchback excels across the board – the weaknesses highlighted above are more nit-picking than purchase-stopping flaws.

Ultimately many things come down to price and entry-level brand new Clios undercut an equally entry-level Ford Fiesta by around £1,300. Similarly, range-topping Clios are significantly cheaper than all-singing, all-dancing Fiesta. That said, the Fiesta range is skewed slightly by Vignale models, with Vignale being a kind of luxury pseudo-sub-brand. And the Ford is available with great value PCP finance deals, making it surprisingly affordable.

Renault doesn’t bother with luxury Clio models, instead it offers an easy to understand range of trims, four engines and enough kit as standard to keep most motorists happy – cruise control and LED lights are just two features included across the range.

Petrol-powered models will likely make up the bulk of sales but there is a diesel option should you want a small car but cover high mileages and need the most economical option. Similarly, manual gearboxes will be most popular, though automatic transmissions are available.

As for safety, the Clio has earned a full five star crash safety rating. The Clio rated 96% for adult occupant protection, 89% for child occupant protection, 72% for vulnerable road user (such as a pedestrian) protection and 75% for safety assist (which is all about the types and effectiveness of safety kit fitted that helps you avoid crashing in the first place). That's a strong score for a small car, making the Clio a safe bet in every sense.

Once you wrap all the above up in a smartly-styled supermini there is little doubt that the Clio will continue to be a strong seller for Renault. As with previous versions, however, it's likely that the Clio will lose value quickly making it a more appealing choice as a nearly-new or used car due to particularly low second-hand prices. Click the link below to check out the best used versions available now.

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Key facts 

Warranty: 
5 years/100,000 miles
Tax: 
£130 and £170 for the first year and £145 thereafter
Boot capacity: 
366 litres (diesel), 391 litres (petrol)
Length: 
4,050mm
Width: 
2,058mm
Height: 
1,607mm

Best Renault Clio for... 

Renault Clio Blue dCi 85 Play
Offering an official combined economy figure of 67.2mpg this model is the most efficient, however this diesel Clio carries an initial purchase price premium, meaning it only makes sense for those who cover particularly high mileages and can recoup that premium in fuel savings. Those who would prefer a petrol or cover lower mileages are better off looking at Renault Clio Play TCe 100 models instead.
Renault Clio Iconic TCe 100
Whether it be a second car runaround or main family motor the Clio is worth considering. Iconic spec brings a good level of equipment while the more powerful TCe 100 engine is better suited than other options to hauling a family around.
Renault Clio TCe 130 Auto (R.S. Line or S Edition)
Unless you absolutely have to have an automatic gearbox, we’d give TCe 130 auto cars a miss due to the premium Renault asks for models with two pedals. If you need an automatic you'll get much better value going for a used version instead.

 

  • 1990 Mk1 Clio is launched

  • 1993 high-performance Clio Williams model launched

  • 1996 Mk1 Clio facelifted

  • 1992 Mk2 Clio launched

  • 1998 sporty Clio 172 Renault Sport arrives

  • 2001 Mk2 Clio first facelift

  • 2004 more powerful sporty Clio 182 arrives

  • 2006 Mk2 Clio last facelift

  • 2005 Mk3 Clio launched

  • 2006 order books for a performance version of the Mk3 Clio open

  • 2009 Mk3 Clio facelifted

  • 2012 Mk4 Clio launched

  • 2013 speedy Renault Sport version of the Mk4 arrives with an automatic gearbox

  • 2019 Mk5 Clio launched

Understanding Renault Clio car names 

  • Clio
  • Trim
    Play
  • SCe
    Engine
  • Power
    75
  • Gearbox
    Auto
  • Trim
    Play refers to the specification the Clio comes with. Play models are the entry-point to the range but still come with generous amounts of equipment, such as cruise control.
  • SCe
    SCe refers to the engine used. SCe and TCe engines are petrol-powered - with TCe versions featuring power-boosting turbochargers - while dCi models are diesel-powered.
  • Power
    This SCe petrol engine produces 75hp, the Clio is also available with 100hp and 130hp petrol engines (badged TCe) and an 85hp diesel option (dCi).
  • Gearbox
    As for gearboxes unless 'auto' is included in the model name a Clio should come with a manual transmission.

Renault Clio Engines 

Petrol: SCe 75, TCe 100, TCe 130 Diesel: BlueHDi 85

Renault has sold previous versions with a range of impressive diesel engines and the Clio remains one of the few small cars available with diesel power, although there are three petrol units and only one diesel on offer here.

The SCe 75 petrol kicks off the range. This engine is 1.0-litre in size and comes with 72hp, offers economy of 52.3mpg and is solely available with a five-speed manual gearbox. At the same time, only entry-level Play and Iconic models can be specified with the SCe 75 unit.

Moving up the power stakes there is the TCe 100 unit. Again it is a 1.0-litre engine and only available with a five-speed manual, however, it packs 100hp thanks to a power-boosting turbocharger. Economy sits at 54.3mpg (i.e. higher than less powerful unit) and unlike every other engine the TCe 100 can be specified with all trims available.

Sitting at the top of the petrol-pile is the TCe 130 engine which is solely available with an automatic transmission. Economy is lower than the ‘100 (at 49.6mpg) but power comes in at 130hp. Sprinting from 0 to 62mph takes 9.0 seconds and top speed sits at 124mph – making it faster but less economical than the other Clios available at launch.

Renault’s only diesel offering is the Blue dCi 85, which might be slow (0 to 62mph takes 14.7 seconds) but it is very economical with a claimed figure of 67.2mpg. The diesel engine can be specified with all but the range-topping R.S. Line BOSE Edition trim levels.

Engine

Fuel

Economy

Power

Acceleration (0-62mph)

Top Speed

SCe 75

Petrol

52.3mpg

75hp

16.4 seconds

100mph

TCe 100

Petrol

54.3mpg

100hp

11.8 seconds

116mph

TCe 130 (auto)

Petrol

49.6mpg

130hp

9.0 seconds

124mph

Blue dCi 85

Diesel

67.2mpg

85hp

14.7 seconds

110mph

Renault Clio Trims 

Play, Iconic, S Edition, R.S. Line, R.S. Line Bose Edition

If you want an entry point to the Renault Clio range you will need to look at Play models powered by an SCe 75 engine. Standard equipment on Play variants includes 16-inch alloy wheels, LED daytime running lights, six airbags, three Isofix points for secure fitting of car seats (front passenger and outside rears), automatic emergency braking, lane keep assist, traffic sign recognition and cruise control with a speed limiter function. 

Other standard equipment includes air-conditioning, heated electric door mirrors, electric front windows, 60:40 folding rear seats, a 4.2-inch digital drivers display, digital radio and Bluetooth.Next up are Iconic models which aesthetically differ minimally from Play models. The small changes include different design 16-inch alloy wheels, some chrome added to the front grille, front LED fog lights and tinted rear windows.

Inside, Iconic models feature a leather steering wheel and the odd dash of chrome around the cabin. In addition to this, parking sensors, keyless entry and a seven-inch touchscreen media system which includes sat-nav.

S Edition is the next trim up and turns the wick up a tad when it comes with sporty styling thanks to larger 17-inch alloy wheels. Inside Renault offers a grey-themed cabin and black fabric/velvet upholstery. Beyond that, climate control, automatic headlights, electric rear windows, a 9.3-inch touchscreen media system, seven-inch driver information display and rear parking camera are all thrown in for good measure.

Sitting at the top of the standard trims tree is R.S. Line spec. As R.S is shorthand for Renault’s performance division, it makes sense that R.S. Line models have sporty styling (but without any performance improvements).

In summary, the styling tweaks include 17-inch R.S. alloys, revised front bumper, gunmetal grey lower door protectors, gunmetal grey rear spoiler and oval chrome exhaust finisher. There are changes to the interior as well, including a leather steering wheel with perforated leather and red stitching, aluminium pedals, black seat belts with a red border, dark roof lining and R.S. Line upholstery featuring black/red striped fabric.

There is also an R.S. Line Bose Edition, which sets itself apart by having a - you guessed it - a Bose sound system.

Renault Clio Reliability and warranty 

Renault has upped its warranty game as of late by boosting its standard warranty to five-years/100,000-mile (whichever comes first). This length of cover puts Renault ahead of makers such as Ford, which as standard offers a three-year/60,000-mile warranty.

As for reliability, Renault finished 19th in the Auto Express Driver Power ownership survey of best car manufacturers. While this sounds bad, the French car manufacturer still ranked ahead of Mitsubishi, Hyundai, Ford, Citroen, BMW and Mercedes.

Also, with Renault extending its warranty, you would imagine the company would be keen to improve reliability and build quality to avoid shelling out too much to customers in warranty claims. Whether this turns out to be true will remain to be seen.

Used Renault Clio 

With Renault Clio deliveries only really taking off in early 2020, the used market will be predominantly made up of nearly-new or pre-registered models for a while before used versions filter through.

The previous generation Clio is still a good option though if your budget doesn’t quite stretch to a new model, with great value used models available. Read our used Renault Clio buyer's guide for all the details on the previous generation model.

Renault Clio Prices

Renault Clio Iconic

1.0 sce 75 iconic 5dr

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 52.3mpg
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £13,905

You could save up to: £2390

1.0 sce 75 iconic 5dr [bose]

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 52.3mpg
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £14,496

You could save up to: £2499

1.0 tce 100 iconic 5dr

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 54.3mpg
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £14,496

You could save up to: £2499

1.0 tce 100 iconic 5dr [bose]

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 54.3mpg
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £15,088

You could save up to: £2607

1.0 tce 100 iconic 5dr auto

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 47.9mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £15,770

You could save up to: £2725

1.0 tce 100 iconic 5dr auto [bose]

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 47.9mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £16,362

You could save up to: £2833

1.6 e-tech hybrid 140 iconic 5dr auto

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol/electric hybrid
  • Economy 64.2mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £17,926

You could save up to: £2669

Renault Clio Play

1.0 sce 75 play 5dr

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 52.3mpg
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £13,060

You could save up to: £2235

1.0 tce 100 play 5dr

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 54.3mpg
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £13,651

You could save up to: £2344

1.0 tce 100 play 5dr auto

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 48.7mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £14,925

You could save up to: £2570

1.6 e-tech hybrid 140 play 5dr auto

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol/electric hybrid
  • Economy 64.2mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £17,061

You could save up to: £2534

Renault Clio RS Line

1.0 tce 100 rs line 5dr

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 54.3mpg
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £15,764

You could save up to: £2731

1.0 tce 100 rs line 5dr [bose]

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 54.3mpg
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £16,060

You could save up to: £2785

1.0 tce 100 rs line 5dr [leather/bose]

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 54.3mpg
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £16,736

You could save up to: £2909

1.0 tce 100 rs line 5dr [leather]

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 54.3mpg
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £16,440

You could save up to: £2855

1.0 tce 100 rs line 5dr auto

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 47.9mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £17,038

You could save up to: £2957

1.0 tce 100 rs line 5dr auto [bose]

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 47.9mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £17,333

You could save up to: £3012

1.0 tce 100 rs line 5dr auto [leather/bose]

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 47.9mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £18,009

You could save up to: £3136

1.0 tce 100 rs line 5dr auto [leather]

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 47.9mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £17,714

You could save up to: £3081

1.3 tce 130 rs line 5dr edc

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 48.7mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £18,221

You could save up to: £3174

1.3 tce 130 rs line 5dr edc [bose]

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 48.7mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £18,516

You could save up to: £3229

1.3 tce 130 rs line 5dr edc [leather/bose]

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 48.7mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £19,192

You could save up to: £3353

1.3 tce 130 rs line 5dr edc [leather]

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 48.7mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £18,897

You could save up to: £3298

1.6 e-tech hybrid 140 rs line 5dr auto

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol/electric hybrid
  • Economy 64.2mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £19,224

You could save up to: £2871

1.6 e-tech hybrid 140 rs line 5dr auto [bose]

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol/electric hybrid
  • Economy 64.2mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £19,526

You could save up to: £2919

1.6 e-tech hybrid 140 rs line 5dr auto [leather]

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol/electric hybrid
  • Economy 64.2mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £19,916

You could save up to: £2979

1.6 e-tech hybrid 140 rs line 5dr auto [lth/bose]

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol/electric hybrid
  • Economy 64.2mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £20,218

You could save up to: £3027

Renault Clio RS Line Bose Edition

1.0 tce 100 rs line bose edition 5dr

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 54.3mpg
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £15,595

You could save up to: £2700

Renault Clio S Edition

1.0 tce 100 s edition 5dr

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 54.3mpg
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £15,341

You could save up to: £2654

1.0 tce 100 s edition 5dr [bose]

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 54.3mpg
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £15,637

You could save up to: £2708

1.0 tce 100 s edition 5dr auto

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 47.9mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £16,615

You could save up to: £2880

1.0 tce 100 s edition 5dr auto [bose]

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 47.9mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £16,911

You could save up to: £2934

1.3 tce 130 s edition 5dr edc

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 49.6mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £17,792

You could save up to: £3103

1.3 tce 130 s edition 5dr edc [bose]

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 49.6mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £18,088

You could save up to: £3157

1.6 e-tech hybrid 140 s edition 5dr auto

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol/electric hybrid
  • Economy 64.2mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £18,791

You could save up to: £2804

1.6 e-tech hybrid 140 s edition 5dr auto [bose]

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol/electric hybrid
  • Economy 64.2mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £19,094

You could save up to: £2851

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