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Renault Clio

Written by Claire Hunte, Finance Writer

23 September 2020

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Renault Clio

This subcompact consistently garners high favourability ratings and is one of Europe’s bestselling cars. Most recently the Renault Clio was named Carbuyer Car of the Year 2020. Since launching in 1990, it’s now in its fifth generation. This all-rounder supermini is also known for its many distinctive, eye-catching revisions and low running costs. 

The latest model of the Renault Clio was judged by the Carbuyer panel expert team as “…the best incarnation of the Clio yet … It ticks all the boxes for today’s supermini buyers by blending chic style with the latest technology, excellent build quality and decent space, too. That it’s great to drive and efficient is icing on the Clio cake.”

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The latest Renault Clio models 

A reason it may be Europe’s favourite go-to car is because customers really are spoilt for choice. The latest generation model comes in a five-door hatchback with up to nine engine/ gearbox options to choose from. 

The engine line-up includes turbocharged petrol engines revving up to 1.3L and naturally aspirated engines like the 1.0 SCe and Blue dCi 1.5 litre diesel with an output of 85hp.

The interiors have been redesigned but remain high quality and can be customised to your heart’s content with add-on accessories or you can make life simple and choose an existing model. One highlighted feature allows the smartphone to take centre stage on a screen on the console.  

There are six trims and five engines. The Clio has a spacious boot with the largest volume capacity in its category at 391L. 

Enhanced features on the Renault Clio

The All-New Clio line up comes with enhanced equipment, options and features at various price points. 

Consumers who are concerned about emissions will be pleased that Renault supports the new emissions testing procedure called ‘Worldwide Harmonised Light Vehicle Test Procedure’ (WLTP), a plus for consumers as it promises to provide fuel economy and emissions data which is more representative of the real-life results. 

As a baseline, the Renault Clio’s EasyLife range is available across all models. You can add optional extras. In terms of powertrains, there is a new E-Tech Hybrid engine which features an Active Emergency Brake – active monitoring allows detection of pedestrians alerting drive and braking automatically in case of emergency. 

Nine models to choose from

Model range

  • All-new Clio

  • New Zoe

  • All-new Captur

  • Kadjar

  • Megane

  • Megane Renault Sport

  • Megane Sport Tourer

  • New Koleos

  • Twizy

Renault Clio engines and fuel consumption

Available engines are in the-something-for-everyone category with powertrain choices for those who prefer a model that is fuel efficient to one a bit more super charged. 

For young drivers and those wanting a city nipper, the three-cylinder SCe with a power level of 75hp. A more versatile choice with more oomph is the TCe 100 with 100hp. More edgy and more powerful is the 1.3 litre TCe 130 Auto, which ups the ante going from 0-62 mph in nine seconds.  

Fuel economy range: 47.9 – 67.2 

Euro NCAP safety ratings 2019

Five stars

The Renault Clio has a superb passenger safety record and scored highly in the Euro NCAP safety tests achieving 5 stars with good and adequate protection of all body areas for occupants.

Renault Clio fun facts

  • The Renault Clio is well known for its "Va Va Voom” advertising campaign.

  • TopGear called the Clio RS16, “Renault’s fastest ever car” for “[securing] a 0-62mph time of around 5.5 seconds and a top speed north of 150mph.”

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Does Renault offer temporary insurance?

It’s illegal to drive a car without insurance. Renault offers temporary or drive away car insurance if you haven’t arranged annual cover for your new car. You must have insurance cover to drive your new car home and temporary cover fills the gap until you can arrange your annual insurance.  

The short-term cover by Renault is underwritten by Accredited Insurance (Europe) Ltd. and is comprehensive. This includes cover against:

  • Loss or damages

  • Audio equipment

  • New for old

There are optional products available to add to your policy such as courtesy car, motor legal protection and breakdown cover.

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What is Renault free car insurance?

Free car or discounted insurance may come as an additional incentive for young drivers as part of a car finance offer for a brand-new Renault Clio.

Renault Clio insurance group

You can find car insurance group by the brand, make and model of a particular car. The Renault Clio Hatchback from 2019 onwards include car insurance in group 10 and 12. 

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