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RENAULT CLIO HATCHBACK

1.0 TCe 90 Iconic 5dr

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The fifth generation Renault Clio aims to return its maker to credibility in the supermini sector. Jonathan Crouch drives it.

Background

The Renault Clio. It's the definitive expression of this French brand's vast experience in the supermini class, building on the company's reputation for building compact cars that are characterful, fun to drive and technically accomplished - qualities that go back all the way to the famous Renault 4 and 5 models of old. Here's the latest, much improved fifth generation version. The last couple of decades have been characterised by a lack of investment from Renault in their key models as the company pursued an electrically-powered motoring future the market still isn't quite ready for. That changed with the development of this car. The marque knew it had to get this Clio right. Perhaps it has.

Driving Experience

This MK5 Clio was the first Renault-Nissan Alliance model to use the conglomerate's latest sophisticated CMF-B platform. And the French brand has dramatically slimmed down the engine range you can have bolted to it. Gone are the diesels and the entry-level SCe petrol unit. Now, the only onventional powerplant you can have is Renault's 1.0-littre three cylinder TCe 90 petrol unit - which is the one most customers went for anyway. The alternative is the self-charging E-TECH Hybrid 140 auto petrol version of this model, powered by an electrified 140hp petrol engine and two electric motors. Renault's set out here to try and deliver a driving experience to Clio buyers that's a little different to that served up before. Previous models had something of a comfort focus, but with this fifth generation design, the brand has sought to combine that with a little of the alert feel you'd get in this segment from cars like Ford's Fiesta. It'd be asking a little much for the company to nail this demanding brief at its first proper attempt, but it's got reasonably close. A little of what we might call 'Clio-ness' has been sacrificed in the process - this car no longer cruises over bumps with quite the ease of its predecessor. Most undulations though, are dispatched without fuss and there's a purpose to the way the car turns into bends and a level of body control that certainly wasn't there before. Plus of course in town, as you'd expect, it's manoeuvrable, nippy and easy to park.

Design and Build

Stylist Laurens van den Acker wanted this MK5 model Clio to be more expressive, while keeping the previous version's sleek profile. The body has been lowered by up to 30mm and big 17-inch wheels give top versions a more dynamic look. At the front, the bonnet incorporates ribs for a sculpted effect. The grille is bigger and the front bumper is more pronounced with a very expressive central air scoop. Full-LED headlights are now standard and the rear lights feature a more distinctive C-Shape signature. In terms of size, this fifth generation Clio is 14mm shorter than before, yet manages to be more spacious inside. The cabin is of much higher quality than before, with high-end materials and a soft coating on the dashboard, the door panels and the central console surround. The instruments are more driver-focused and there's the largest centre-dash infotainment screen in the segment, with two sizes available - 9.3-inches or (with navigation) 10-inches. There's another screen in the instrument binnacle, measuring between 7 and 10-inches depending on spec, replacing conventional dials. Plus an electric parking brake has been added. The seats on this Clio are much better than what you'd usually find in this segment in terms of comfort and support. They offer a longer seat base and a more enveloping shape. There's a useful gain in boot size, too; this Clio gets a variable-height floor so you can prioritise a low load lip or capacity, but the space on offer ranges from 330-litres up to as much as 391-litres.

Market and Model

Prices start from just under £15,500 and range up to just over £22,000, which is par for the course in the supermini segment. There are four trim levels - 'Play', 'Iconic', 'S Edition' and 'R.S. Line'. Standard kit includes what Renault calls its 'Smart Cockpit', a key component of which is the standard 9.3-inch multimedia screen, the biggest ever on a Renault model. This vertical and subtly curved tablet visually enlarges the dashboard and lends the cabin a more contemporary feel. Turned towards the driver, this screen, with its EASY LINK connected system, comprises all the multimedia, navigation and infotainment features as well as the car's MULTI-SENSE driving settings. Pay extra for GPS navigation and you get a 10-inch centre screen. All Clios also get a digital instrument binnacle and full-LED headlights. This car gets several new body colours this time round, including Valencia Orange and Celadon Blue. The Valencia Orange shade offers unprecedented depth and radiance thanks to a specific coloured varnish treatment making its first appearance in the automotive industry. In all, this Clio is available in 10 body colours and with three exterior customisation packs (in red, orange and black).

Cost of Ownership

Let's get to the WLTP figures. For the TCe 90 petrol unit, the figures are 54.3mpg and 118g/km. The Clio E-TECH Hybrid 140 manages 64.2mpg on the combined cycle and 100g/km of CO2, plus there's an 'EV' option that gives limited all-electric driving range. Enough on efficiency figures; what about the other costs of running this car - depreciation for example? Industry experts reckon this fifth generation Clio will do slightly better than its predecessors; after 3 Years/36,000 miles, a volume 'Iconic' TCe 90 variant is predicted to be worth 38% of its original value, which is very class-competitive - about the same as a comparable Ford Fiesta. You can plan ahead for maintenance costs by opting at point of purchase for a pre-paid servicing plan covering you for either three years and 30,000 miles, or four years and 40,000 miles. The four year '4+' warranty deal looks good too, given that most rivals restrict you to three year cover. This package also includes roadside assistance for the duration, though bear in mind that the final two years of the policy will be invalidated in the unlikely event that your Clio covers more than 100,000 miles. Depreciation levels will be very similar to those of other mainstream-brand superminis in this segment.

Summary

Renault knows how to do this. The company has been showing the world what a small hatch of this sort should be not only since the Clio first arrived in 1990 but since it virtually invented the supermini segment with the little Renault 5, way back in 1972. Unlike most motoring journalists, the French maker knows what most buyers in this sector really prioritise; practicality, comfort, value, safety and low running costs. Attributes that have made the Clio model line Europe's small car favourite. Which leaves us with what? A very accomplished all-rounder certainly - and a car that merits a significant place on any serious supermini buyer's shortlist. In driving it, we were reminded of something a recently disgraced former Renault Chief Executive once said: "there's nothing wrong with any car company that good cars won't fix". This is undoubtedly one of those. Good enough to properly reawaken British interest in the Clio? Possibly not. But you've watched this film. You know better. And, if you're looking for a supermini, we think you should give this one a chance. It might surprise you.

Key Information

Transmission Type
Transmission TypeManual
Fuel Type
Fuel TypePetrol
Emissions
Emissions118.00g/km
Top Speed
Top Speed112mph

Full Details

Standard Equipment

Driver Convenience

  • 4.2" colour instrument display
  • Cruise control + speed limiter
  • E-call
  • Easy link 7"screen with nav, 4x20W amp, DAB double tuner, 2xUSB, 1xJack/Bluetooth, and smartphone integration plus - Apple CarPlay/Android Auto
  • Eco mode driving function
  • Gear change indicator
  • Lane departure warning system
  • Lane keep assist
  • Over speed prevention
  • Rear parking sensors
  • Traffic sign recognition
  • Trip computer
  • Variable assistance electric PAS

Entertainment

  • Sound auditorium

Exterior Features

  • Body colour door handles
  • Body colour door mirrors
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • Body coloured rear spoiler
  • Chrome insert on lower side doors with Clio embossing
  • Drivers one touch window with anti-pinch feature
  • Electric adjustable/heated/folding door mirrors
  • Electric front windows
  • Exterior rear hidden door handles
  • Extra tinted glass on rear windows + tailgate
  • Full LED front and rear headlamps intergrating daytime running lights at the front and rear
  • LED front fog lights
  • Rear fog lights
  • Rear wiper
  • Variable speed on front windscreen wipers

Interior Features

  • 12V Accessory socket
  • 3 rear height adjustable headrests
  • 6.2L front glovebox
  • 60/40 split rear seats
  • Air recirculation control
  • Cloth upholstery
  • Driver's seat height adjustment
  • Front cupholders
  • Front door storage bin
  • Height adjustable front headrests
  • Height/reach adjust steering wheel
  • Isofix system on outer rear seats
  • Multi function steering wheel
  • Pollen filter
  • Synthetic leather steering wheel
  • System for Restraint and Protection SRP-front seats

Packs

  • Exterior chrome pack - Clio

Safety

  • 3 point seatbelts on all rear seats
  • ABS+EBD+Brake assist
  • Automatic emergency braking system
  • Curtain airbags
  • Distance warning alert
  • Driver and passenger front and side airbag deactivation
  • Driver/Front Passenger airbags
  • ESC - Electronic Stability Control + traction control
  • Front side airbags(head+thorax)
  • Height adjustable driver's seatbelt
  • Hill start assist
  • Seatbelt warning
  • Tyre pressure warning

Security

  • Central door locking
  • Deadlocking system
  • Hands free key card with push button, start and stop function
  • Locking fuel filler cap
  • RAID (Renault Anti-Intruder Device) with automatic door locking
  • Rear door and window child locking function (front driver door control panel)
  • Remote central locking with thatcham approved immobiliser

Technical Data

Emissions - ICE

  • CO2 (g/km)
    99
  • HC+NOx
    Not Available
  • Particles
    Not Available
  • Standard Euro Emissions
    EURO 6
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb
    118
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Max
    119
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Min
    118

Engine and Drive Train

  • Camshaft
    DOHC
  • Catalytic Convertor
    Yes
  • CC
    999
  • Cylinder Layout
    IN-LINE
  • Cylinders
    3
  • Cylinders - Bore (mm)
    72.2
  • Cylinders - Stroke (mm)
    81.3
  • Engine Layout
    FRONT TRANSVERSE
  • Fuel Delivery
    MULTI POINT FUEL INJECTION
  • Gears
    6 SPEED
  • Number of Valves
    12
  • Transmission
    MANUAL

Fuel Consumption - ICE

  • EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies
    No
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb
    5.2
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb
    54.3

General

  • Alternative Fuel Qualifying
    No
  • Badge Engine CC
    1.0
  • Badge Power
    90
  • Based On ID
    Not Available
  • Coin Description
    Tce 90
  • Coin Series
    Iconic
  • Generation Mark
    5
  • Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07
    9E
  • Manufacturers Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years
    12
  • Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years
    3
  • NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %
    96
  • NCAP Child Occupant Protection %
    89
  • NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09
    5
  • NCAP Pedestrian Protection %
    72
  • NCAP Safety Assist %
    75
  • Did at least one aspect of this vehicle's safety give cause for concern?
    No
  • Special Edition
    No
  • Special Order
    No
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage
    100000
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Years
    5
  • Vehicle Homologation Class
    M1

Performance

  • 0 to 62 mph (secs)
    7.6
  • Engine Power - BHP
    90
  • Engine Power - KW
    66
  • Top Speed
    112

Test Cycles

  • Emissions Test Cycle
    WLTP
  • RDE Certification Level
    RDE 2

Tyres

  • Alloys?
    Yes
  • Space Saver?
    No
  • Tyre Size Front
    195/55 R16
  • Tyre Size Rear
    195/55 R16
  • Tyre Size Spare
    TYRE REPAIR KIT
  • Wheel Style
    PHILIA
  • Wheel Type
    16" ALLOY

Vehicle Dimensions

  • Height
    1440
  • Height (including roof rails)
    Not Available
  • Length
    4050
  • Wheelbase
    2583
  • Width
    1728
  • Width (including mirrors)
    1988

Weight and Capacities

  • Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres)
    42
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Down)
    1146
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Up)
    300
  • Max. Roof Load
    Not Available
  • No. of Seats
    5
  • Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb
    10.4
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Customer Reviews

   
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Julie Judge

"Excellent Service I would definitely recommend. Scott and Holly have been outstanding. Thank you so much I love my new car!!."

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