Renault Clio (2013 - )
Last updated 26 August 2014
EDC (Efficient Dual Clutch) 'automatic' now available with 1.5 dCi 90 engine.
The styling of the fourth generation Clio is a radical departure from the old model and is based on the DeZir concept car. It's only offered with five doors, but the coupe-like roofline and hidden rear door handles mean it looks a lot like a three-door. The new model is wider, lower and longer than the outgoing car and so it has a more spacious cabin than its predecessor.
The cabin has been given the same treatment as the exterior, with a more interesting and modern looking dashboard, instrument cluster and centre stack than the drab third generation Clio. Buyers who choose Dynamique trim level or higher will get a new seven-inch touchscreen ‘R-Link’ system, featuring sat nav, entertainment and a host of apps, which make everything from finding a fuel station to sending a tweet possible in car. Attractive and spacious though the cabin is, it does lag behind rivals in terms of interior quality.
Engines are small, modern and clean. The highlighy is a a 900cc three-cylinder petrol engine with 90PS, which is refined and gives much better performance than you would expect of such a small engine. Fuel economy is good too at 65.7mpg on the combined cycle, with 99g/km CO2 placing it in VED band A.
There is also a 120PS 1.2-litre engine, which is linked to a dual-clutch automatic as standard. Finally, a 1.5-litre diesel with 90PS is available and it offers the lowest fuel consumption in the range at 88mpg. That means CO2 emissions of just 83g/km. Regardless of engine, the Clio encourages fuel efficient driving thanks to an ECO mode, a driving style monitor, a gear change indicator and even an app designed to coach drivers into reducing fuel consumption.
Customisation is an important part of the new Clio and buyers can specify the colour scheme of everything from the grille to the door pulls, as well as interior upholstery and a selection of affordable accessory packs. Eight base colours are available from launch, including the vibrant red shown in these pictures.