Renault Clio (2019–)
New Renault Clio revealed at Geneva Motor Show
Fifth-generation Renault Clio will go on sale in the autumn from £14,000 and be offered with petrol, diesel or hybrid power.
The 2019 Renault Clio has been redesigned from the ground up, with its upmarket cabin being the most notable upgrade. The soft-touch dashboard is dominated by a bright 9.3-inch infotainment screen that links direct to the car's all-new digital instrument cluster. Spec levels for UK cars are still to be confirmed, but Renault is promising high levels of equipment across the range and all models get LED headlights as standard.
The fifth-generation Clio boasts one of the largest boots in its class with 391 litres available with the rear seats in place; that puts its ahead of the SEAT Ibiza and more expensive Volkswagen Polo and Ford Fiesta when it comes to outright carrying capacity. The rear seats can also be folded flat to create more room, and a double floor should help distribute loads.
The seats will provide unrivalled comfort, says Renault, while their clever design makes for a spacious-feeling car, despite its external dimensions being smaller than the outgoing model.
Expect the Clio to launch with a range of conventional petrol and diesel engines. Buyers will be able to choose from a 1.0-litre in turbo and naturally-aspirated petrol flavours, as well as a 1.5-litre diesel.
A 1.6 petrol hybrid will be added to the line-up in 2020 and allow drivers to drive on electricity for 80 per cent of the time in towns and cities, according to Renault.
The new Clio will be available in R.S. Line guise - a replacement for the former GT-Line. This offers sporty looks and an interior inspired by Renault Sport models, without the more expensive running costs of a true hot hatch. It takes a similar approach to Ford's Fiesta ST-Line, with a 'F1 blade' honeycomb grille and 17-inch wheels contributing to its sporty looks.
Orders now open for new Renault Clio
Dealers are now taking orders for the new Renault Clio, with deliveries expected from October and prices from £14,295.
That headline figure is for the entry-level Clio Play model combined with the 1.0-litre SCe petrol engine producing 72PS and 95Nm of torque. Set to go on sale in October, the SCe will appeal to those on a budget, but standard kit on the Play model is fairly generous - including LED headlights, cruise control and DAB radio.
The cheapest Clio on sale now starts at £15,295 and is powered by the TCe 100 petrol engine. As used in the Dacia Duster and Nissan Micra, the TCe petrol produces 100PS and 160Nm of torque, taking it to 62mph in 11.8 seconds. Official WLTP fuel economy is 62.1mpg while CO2 emissions are 99g/km.
For those wanting more power, a TCe 130 petrol engine is available combined with a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. Prices are yet to be announced, but the 130 engine - as used in the Kadjar, Megane and Scenic, offers 130PS and 240Nm of torque. It'll cover 0-62mph in 9.0 seconds and returns 53.0mpg under WLTP tests.
Bucking the anti-diesel trend, the Clio is available with a dCi 85 engine, which starts at £17,295 in Play trim and offers an impressive 73.9mpg. Its 85PS and 220Nm of torque means it'll reach 62mph in 14.7 seconds.
After the Play, the Clio Iconic is the most affordable model on sale - starting at £15,295 when combined with the SCe engine. For that, you get a seven-inch infotainment screen with navigation as well as Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, rear parking sensors and 16-inch alloy wheels.
Prices for the Clio S Edition are yet to be confirmed, but standard kit includes climate control, automatic wipers and headlights and 17-inch alloys.
The top-spec Clio R.S. Line starts at £17,795 and features interior and exterior styling from high-performance Renault Sport models, 17-inch alloy wheels, driver modes and a rear-view camera.