Renault Clio hatchback: attractive design and fuel efficient

Nov 22, 2012

What the motoring press is saying about the Renault Clio hatchback

Price: £10,595 - £15,345

Pros: Attractive design, huge personalisation options, fuel efficiency

Cons: No estate version for UK, numb steering, body roll in corners

4.5/5, Carbuyer
The Renault Clio is now into its fourth generation, and this latest version is more stylish than ever. Unlike the previous model, it's only available as a five-door, but hidden rear handles give it a sporty three-door profile – the best of both worlds. The interior has also been overhauled, with a striking new centre console that features a seven-inch, tablet-like screen, and much higher quality soft-touch materials throughout. To make the Clio your own, a vast array of colours and personalisation options are available both inside and out. Two engines – an enthusiastic 89bhp three-cylinder 0.9 TCe petrol engine and a 1.5 dCi with CO2 emissions of just 83g/km – are brand new additions to the range.

4/5, What Car?
"We're not normally fans of touch-screens in cars – they tend to be fiddly to use on the move – but the Clio's screen has large, spot-at-a-glance icons, so it's impressively simple to navigate."

4/5, Auto Express
"With sales figures in Europe not looking too rosy, the pressure was on for Renault to deliver with the Clio, and it has. The thoughtful design combines practicality and flair, inside and out, while the huge range of personalisation should be a useful money-spinner. Although pricier than the petrol options, the diesel engine is incredibly efficient and refined, giving the car a grown-up feel. Our main criticism is that it could be more exciting to drive, but then there's still the Renaultsport version to come…"

4/5, Top Gear
"The handling feels like it could comfortably use more power. It's agile and the back end joins in the fun. The steering's well-weighted and positive, if a little short on feel. The Clio rolls a bit, but it's up for having a laugh."

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