The easy-to-drive Renault Clio is one of the most balanced city cars available, featuring a well-designed and comfortable cabin, a practical boot space, and excellent levels of safety tech. And there are three trim levels to choose from, beginning with the well-specified Dynamique and ending with the sporty, fully-equipped RS Line. What’s more, the Clio is available in hybrid form.
The Renault Clio features a 391-litre boot space, which is not to be sniffed at, particularly since it improves on what’s offered by either the Volkswagen Polo or Ford Fiesta. And, thanks to standard-issue 60/40 split-folding seats, owners are provided with plenty of occupant-cargo flexibility. What’s more, the Clio is only available with a five-door body, ensuring that access for rear-seated travellers is never an issue.
Safe and secure
The Renault Clio comes with a full five-star Euro NCAP crash-test rating, which means it offers exceptional protection in a variety of situations. Six airbags are issued as standard, as are ISOFIX mounts on co-passenger and outer rear positions. And entry-level Dynamique trims also include a slew of driver aids, such as speed-limiting Cruise Control, Traffic Sign Recognition, Lane-Keeping Assist (LKA) and Lane Departure Warning (LDW). These combine to alert the driver if ever the car starts to drift out of lane – and automatically nudges it back into position.
E-TECH Hybrid economy
Purely petrol-driven Clio variants deliver noteworthy efficiency, which the hybrid iteration improves upon significantly. Hybrid models are powered by a 1.6-litre 138bhp petrol engine and an electric motor that is paired with a 1.2kWh lithium-ion battery. This set-up returns an optimal 4.4 L/100 km while producing CO2 emissions as low as 99g/km. And of all the Clio options, the hybrid model is the quickest off the mark, managing zero to 100 km/h in approximately 10.6 seconds.