Whether you’re looking for a sporty hatch, a thrifty diesel or just a small car that’s efficient and good value for money, there’ll be a Renault Clio designed to suit you. The range comprises an impressive 18 models, so you’d be hard-pushed not to find what you want.
Renault Clio Performance
Avoid road tax for the first year with the Diesel dCi 90 Stop and Start – so-called because the engine stops when the car stops or is in neutral - it returns a mighty 83.1mpg combined, and has CO2 emissions of just 83g/km. Or you could opt for the six-gear, automatic Renaultsport 200 Turbo EDC LUX, whose 190bhp engine can reach 143mph and get from 0-60mph in less than seven seconds.
Or perhaps you’d prefer to save money with the basic 16-valve 1.2-litre model, which returns an impressive 51.4mpg.
All models come with a Renault Bass Reflex sound system with Bluetooth and USB port, electric front windows, electric and heated mirrors, a digital speedometer, a height-adjustable driver’s seat and an adjustable steering column, as well as a hill-start assist feature which stops the car rolling away when you’re starting it on an incline. With more luxurious models you’ll also get a sat nav and the option of the Renault R-Link.
This is a voice-activated mini-computer with a touch-screen with which you can make phonecalls, check your emails, get the weather forecast, download apps and even get tips on more efficient travel. Plus, you can vary the design of your Clio to suit your tastes – you can choose from different roof illustrations, different colour dashboards, different interior trims, and different exterior designs.
The Clio was given five stars for safety by EuroNCAP, and all models have six airbags, anti-whiplash headrests, and anti-lock brakes with electronic brake distribution, which further helps to prevent skidding.
Deadlocks and anti-drill locks help stop thieves. As for the cabin, it’s spacious, with more legroom than in many cars of this size – and the boot capacity is impressive too, at 300 litres. There’s also a four-litre glove compartment and cup holders, and split-fold rear seats come as standard.
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