Renault Clio (2013–2019)

What's good

The Clio scored five stars in Euro NCAP tests, with an 88% adult occupant rating, 89% child occupant rating, 66% pedestrian rating and 99% safety assist rating.

What to watch out for

Stylish, but heavy rear pillars make it difficult to reverse.

2-2-2017: Report of four TPMS sensors developing slow leaks over the past 18 months on a 2014 Renault Clio Dynamique Medianav Eco 90Tce. All replaced under Renault 4 year warranty.

25-4-2017: Another report of TMPS valve sensors failing on a 2015 Renault Clio Dynamique. Three times already. Dealer told owner it is a fault with sensor valves on this model, which confirms 2-2-2017.

18-7-2017: Report of timing chain of 2013 Renault Clio 90 TCe failing at 36,500 miles. Renault initially offered to pay 75% of repair costs (possibly an entirely new engine).

24-7-2017: Report of 2014 Renault Clio 0.9 TCE Dynamique S Nav, run on superunleaded, stuttering from from cold and making it hard to accelerate smoothly. The turbo comes in like a light switch and even when warm, it can catch the driver out out at junctions or roundabouts with either no progress or jerky acceleration. Every time it goes in for a service, the Renault dealer says no updates available.

23-9-2017: Report of timing chain tensioner of same 2014 Renault Clio 90 TCe failing at 42k miles. (Same as 24-7-2017.) The failed tensioner allowed the chain to flail around and eat into the crankcase so the car needed a new engine. This is anecdotal, but the Renault daler said it was the 5th case he had seen. Happily it was covered by the 4 year Renault warranty, but the new engine is only covered for 6 months. The worry is that if this is happening in Clios, it could also be happening in Capturs, Twingos, Smarts abd Dacias with the same 90 TCe engine.

20-9-2018: Report of repeated failure of TPMS system on 2015 Renault Clio. So far has failed 4 times, though always fixed under the 4 year warranty that runs out in April 2019.

20-9-2018. Separate report of problems with valve based TPMS on 2015 Renault Clio despite 4 replacements under warranty. Problem continues. Now advised that issue is corrosion on all four alloys at valve port hole. Rejected by Renault as warranty issue due to undefined "conditions". New alloys cost £1,000 approx. Or get wheels refurbished at owner's cost. Car is not 3 years old yet.

19-10-2018: Report of timing chain tensioner failing on 2013 Renault Clio 90TCe at 64,000 miles resulting in £1,000 damage to the engine.

30-11-2018: Report of a/c falure in 2013/63 Renault Clio Dynamique MediaNav, first noticed in May 2018. Despite out of 4 year warranty, Renault admitted a manufacturing fault and offered to pay 45% of the cost of repair, but the parts took 4 months to arrive.

3-4-2019: Complaint of 2014 Renault Clio with 11,500 miles "jerking" when driver tries to reverse. Dealer says needs a new gearbox, unless reader misinterpreted and it actually needs a new clutch.

22-4-2019: Report of judder from clutch of 2017 Renault Clio 1.2 16v 75HP model. Might be the release bearing.

24-5-2019: Report of oil in coolant of 2014 Renault Clio 1.5 dCI at 32,000 miles.

7-8-2019: Report of blown head gasket in Renaualt Clio 90 TCe.

13-11-2019: Report of locking problem in the rain with 2017 Renault Clio. Owner came back to the car to find the lights on and the wipers running. Used keyless fob to open the hatchback. Either moisture got into the locking and windows ECU inside the driver's doot, or start/stop stopped the engine when the owner parked and he forgot to shut it dow,

Recalls

25-9-2014: News received that Renault Clio models built between February 2014 and April 2014 have been recalled to check for a badly installed part that can rub on the brake lines. Source: Just-Auto.com

Recall R/2016/192 7-3-2017 Renault Clio IV WIPERS MAY NOT PERFORM AS INTENDED: In sub-zero weather conditions the front windscreen blades arms may become frozen to the screen. In extreme circumstances, when the wipers are activated the wiper arm linkage may weaken, detach or bend. Should the linkage break or bend, the wipers will not clear the screen effectively. Fix: Recall the vehicles that are likely to be affected and replace the wiper linkage with a more robustly designed linkage. VINS: VF15R0G0H48492270 to VF15RTL0E53243841 Build dates: 1-11-2012 to 31-7-2015

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