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2020 Clio Hatchback Review - Price List
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PROS:                                                                           
  • Great interior

  • Well equipped

  • Very safe
CONS:

  • Mild-hybrid model not available at launch

  • High loading lip

  • Wind and road noise
    The Renault Clio is a popular supermini that routinely trails the Ford Fiesta and Volkswagen Polo in UK sales charts but outsold both in the European market in 2018, with Renault shifting over 335,000. The latest Clio is the fifth-generation model, and despite obvious similarities to its predecessor from the outside, it is in fact all-new.According to customer feedback, exterior design was one of the key factors in the last Clio's success, so Renault hasn't broken the mould, instead smoothing its edges and adding some new details and features for a more mature look. But rest assured that underneath its metalwork, the Clio incorporates all-new technology that Renault promises makes it more efficient, spacious and desirable.The changes can really be felt when you swing open one of the Clio’s doors because its interior now has more soft-touch plastics than an Audi A1. It's a radical makeover that transforms the inside of the humble Clio from economy to club class, with a portrait 9.3-inch touchscreen on hand for every infotainment need. If you aren't keen on Renault's user interface, it's the system has Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, while a digital instrument panel can show sat-nav directions as you drive.With so many Clios bought as first cars and family runarounds, the fact it already has a five-star Euro NCAP score before reaching showrooms is a big plus. Autonomous emergency braking is standard, and the Clio is the first Renault with an optional 360-degree camera - a feature once only found in Range Rovers.The Clio is a fun, accomplished car to drive. It stands as a very effective compromise between comfort and handling - one that means the Clio matches rivals such as the Ford Fiesta and SEAT Ibiza in the dynamics department without bettering them. The Clio’s steering has been sharpened up slightly and there's little body lean, while the 1.0-litre petrol with 99bhp offers plenty of performance. We'll need to drive more of the engines on offer to be sure but this is likely to be the most popular model, with the non-turbo 1.0-litre lacking grunt and the range-topping 1.3-litre TCe petrol only offered in top trims with an automatic gearbox.A 1.5-litre dCi diesel will appeal to motorway drivers but it'll take plenty of miles to make it cheaper to own than the petrol models, and it has a higher Benefit-in-Kind (BiK) rating for company-car drivers. A mild-hybrid version is expected to arrive soon, promising even lower CO2 emissions. With a small battery pack and electric motor that harvests energy under braking, Renault reckon it will save a lot of fuel in stop-start urban driving.The latest Renault Clio matches the driving finesse of the Ford Fiesta and outshines the Ford in other areas. Its interior is one of the best in class, while generous interior space, excellent safety and low running costs should help make it a firm family favourite.Price:£16,895 - £20,795
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Three different petrol engines options are available from launch, with a hybrid Clio due in 2020 and a Renaultsport model expected in the near future. The Clio's engine range kicks off with a three-cylinder 1.0-litre petrol offering 75bhp, followed by a peppier 99bhp version badged TCe thanks to its turbocharger. We've tried the latter, which is likely to prove the sweet spot in the Clio range and the best seller, as we found it just about quick enough for most situations. That's so long as you keep it spinning above around 2,500rpm because any less and you'll most likely find yourself reaching for a lower gear, particularly if you're heading uphill. The five-speed manual gearbox is the same as before but with tweaks to its linkage that have made it feel slightly notchy. Thankfully, the lack of a sixth gear is no issue, as fifth gear is long enough to provide a relaxed motorway cruising speed and at 70mph, the engine is turning over at just under 3,000rpm. Renault's X-tronic CVT automatic gearbox is also available for the 99bhp model, with stepped changes for those who prefer the feel of accelerating through fixed ratios.






ver most roads the Clio proves comfortable but, like the Fiesta, it does have a slightly firm edge that can be unsettled by small imperfections in the road. Over larger bumps and through potholes it's more compliant than the SEAT Ibiza, however.

The Clio’s 1.0-litre petrol engine is just as quiet as the Ford's at speed, emitting just a muted background hum at speed that's likely to be drowned out by wind rushing around its door mirrors and noise generated by the tyres, which is a bit louder than we'd like on certain road surfaces.

The Clio's interior is undoubtedly the biggest area of change customers will notice, with an upmarket new design, improved materials and significantly updated technology. Despite the car’s slightly reduced length, Renault has chipped away at interior elements, shaving millimetres off them to create more space.


Renault Clio dashboard
The higher trim levels get the Clio’s new attention-grabbing party piece, a 9.3-inch portrait central touchscreen, but the instrument panel is also new, with a larger central screen between analogue gauges, or an entirely digital display. When the latter is fitted, you can change its mode and display the sat nav, leaving your passenger free to choose their favourite radio station. The Clio's infotainment system isn't quite as slick to use as the best in class but it has plenty of features and you can opt to use Apple CarPlay or Android Auto if you prefer on Iconic models and above.

Many will also appreciate Renault's decision to keep physical controls for the climate control, rather than burying them in a touchscreen menu and, along with a row of 'Piano Key' switches beneath the display, they look rather neat.
Perhaps the most surprising transformation has been in design and materials, with more soft-touch materials than you'll find in a Volkswagen Polo or Audi A1. It's in stark contrast to the robust but mostly cheap plastics found in the old Clio.

Equipment

The new 9.3-inch portrait infotainment screen dominates the centre of the Clio’s dashboard but entry-level models do without it, getting a much smaller screen for the radio instead. Iconic models are fitted with a seven-inch version, which does at least come with [url=https://www.carbuyer.co.uk/tips-and-advice/151859/apple-carplay-everything-you-need-to-know]Apple CarPlay and Android Auto 

To get the 9.3-inch touchscreen, you’ll have to upgrade to the S Edition and R.S Line trim levels. These trims also feature a seven-inch digital instrument panel, while a fully configurable 10-inch cluster is available as an option. A digital cluster is only an option in the Volkswagen Polo and it isn’t even available in the Ford Fiesta.

The standard equipment list is generally long and the same goes for the safety equipment list. Every Clio comes with LED headlights, cruise control with a speed limiter and automatic folding door mirrors. To keep every Clio driver safe, every car comes with traffic sign recognition, lane keeping assist and autonomous emergency braking.
If you would like rear parking sensors, the larger infotainment screen, a leather steering wheel, tinted windows or bigger alloy wheels, you’ll need to go for the Iconic trim level or above.


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