RENAULT

RENAULT CLIO HATCHBACK 1.0 TCe 90 Play 5dr Auto

Fuel

FuelPetrol

Transmission

TransmissionAutomatic

Acceleration

0 - 60 mph-

EC Combined (mpg)

EC Combined-

CARRY ON CLIO

Renault's Clio has always been one of Britain's favourite small French cars. In fifth generation form, it deserves its sales success, thinks June Neary

Will It Suit Me?

If ever a car was aimed at women, it has to be the Renault Clio. The advertising of course has been legendary. Unless you've been living in a cave for the last couple of decades, you can't have avoided Nicole & Co, the 'Size Matters' campaign, billboard ads suggesting that we've all "lost our 'va va voom'" and, a few years back, the 'Britain vs France' ads. I won't air my personal views on whether size matters, but I have to agree that this little car has had a massive impact on the shape of the supermini market - past and present. The most recent fifth generation Clio I'm looking at here certainly has a 'big car' feel - courtesy, say Renault, of a long wheelbase, which has released generous interior room. It's also got sharper looks and improved refinement. First impressions then, were good.

Practicalities

This improved Clio is a stylistic step forward from its predecessor, but it's still recognisable as a Clio. The body has been lowered by up to 30mm and big 17-inch wheels give top versions a more dynamic look. At the front, the bonnet incorporates ribs for a sculpted effect. The grille is bigger and the front bumper is more pronounced with a very expressive central air scoop. Full-LED headlights are now standard and the rear lights feature a more distinctive C-Shape signature. Overall, this Clio looks hunkered down and purposeful. What would Nicole and Papa have made of all this? I found the interior to be an even bigger step onwards from the old iteration four of the Clio that I well remember. That car ushered in a bigger, more spacious cabin and the fifth generation model has built on that with massively improved perceived quality. The instruments are more driver-focused and there's the largest centre-dash infotainment screen in the segment, with two sizes available - 9.3-inches or (with navigation) 10-inches. There's another screen in the instrument binnacle, measuring between 7 and 10-inches depending on spec, replacing conventional dials.

Behind the Wheel

This Renault's still got a bit of 'Va va voom' to it. Such were my impressions of the Energy TCe 100 petrol variant which will probably be the big seller. The first three-cylinder powerplant ever produced by Renault, this three-cylinder, turbocharged 899cc unit comes with Stop&Start and is designed to deliver the performance of a normally-aspirated 1.4-litre unit. An ultra low-inertia turbo whistles into action from low engine speeds, developing 100PS and decent pulling power at low revs. There's also an Energy TCe 130 TCe unit which can only be mated to six-speed EDC transmission (Efficient Dual Clutch). This four-cylinder 1.2-litre engine gets direct fuel injection and turbocharging, contributing to a peak power of 130PS and a healthy 190Nm of torque from 1,750rpm. Diesel buyers get a Blue dCi 85 1.5-litre engine. There's also a base SCe 75 petrol variant.

Value For Money

Pricing is par for the course in the supermini segment against rivals like Ford's Fiesta, Peugeot's 208 and Vauxhall's Corsa. Expect to pay somewhere in the £15,000 to £20,000 bracket for most models. Standard kit includes what Renault calls its 'Smart Cockpit', a key component of which is the standard 9.3-inch multimedia screen, the biggest ever on a Renault model. This vertical and subtly curved tablet visually enlarges the dashboard and lends the cabin a more contemporary feel. Turned towards the driver, this screen, with its EASY LINK connected system, comprises all the multimedia, navigation and infotainment features as well as the car's MULTI-SENSE driving settings. Pay extra for GPS navigation and you get a 10-inch centre screen. Let's get to the WLTP figures. Renault still thinks there's a place for diesel in the supermini segment and the 1.5-litre dCi 85 unit certainly still has its supporters, given its impressive frugality. You can expect 67.2mpg on the combined cycle and a CO2 reading of 109g/km. For the TCe 100 petrol unit, the figures are 54.3mpg and 119g/km, while the TCe 130 EDC auto manages 49.6mpg and 130g/km. The dCi 85 diesel and the Tce 100 are both rated at insurance group 10. The Clio Hybrid manages 64.2mpg on the combined cycle and 98g/km of CO2, plus there's an 'EV' option that gives limited all-electric driving range.

Could I Live With One?

Why not? Maybe the va va vroom thing works after all..

  • Rear wiper
  • Electric front windows
  • Drivers one touch window with anti-pinch feature
  • Variable speed on front windscreen wipers

  • Anti-lock Brake System + Electronic Brakeforce Distribution + Brake assist
  • ESC - Electronic Stability Control + traction control
  • Automatic emergency braking system
  • Hill start assist

  • E-call

  • Lane departure warning system
  • Over speed prevention
  • Lane keep assist
  • Traffic sign recognition
  • Variable assistance electric Power Assisted Steering
  • Eco mode driving function
  • Cruise control + speed limiter

  • Trip computer
  • Easy link 7"screen with nav, 4x20W amp, DAB double tuner, 2xUSB, 1xJack/Bluetooth, and smartphone integration plus - Apple CarPlay/Android Auto
  • Gear change indicator

  • Body colour door mirrors
  • Electric adjustable/heated/folding door mirrors

  • Body coloured bumpers
  • Body coloured rear spoiler
  • Body colour door handles
  • Exterior rear hidden door handles
  • Chrome insert on lower side doors with Clio embossing

  • Full LED front and rear headlamps intergrating daytime running lights at the front and rear
  • Rear fog lights

  • Pollen filter
  • Manual air conditioning
  • Air recirculation control

  • Cloth upholstery
  • Multi function steering wheel
  • Height/reach adjust steering wheel
  • Front door storage bin
  • Front cupholders
  • 12V Accessory socket
  • 6.2L front glovebox
  • Synthetic leather steering wheel

  • Distance warning alert
  • Height adjustable driver's seatbelt
  • Driver and passenger front and side airbag deactivation
  • Seatbelt warning
  • Tyre pressure warning
  • Front side airbags(head+thorax)
  • Curtain airbags
  • Driver/Front Passenger airbags
  • 3 point seatbelts on all rear seats

  • 3 rear height adjustable headrests
  • System for Restraint and Protection SRP-front seats
  • Isofix system on outer rear seats
  • Driver's seat height adjustment
  • Height adjustable front headrests
  • 60/40 split rear seats

  • Rear door and window child locking function (front driver door control panel)
  • Remote central locking with thatcham approved immobiliser
  • Locking fuel filler cap
  • Deadlocking system
  • RAID (Renault Anti-Intruder Device) with automatic door locking
  • Central door locking

  • 16" Amicitia flex steel wheels

  • CO2 (g/km): 113
  • Standard Euro Emissions: EURO 6
  • HC+NOx: N
  • Particles: N

  • Cylinders - Bore (mm): 72.2
  • Cylinders - Stroke (mm): 81.3
  • CC: 999
  • Cylinders: 3
  • Cylinder Layout: IN-LINE
  • Number of Valves: 12
  • Camshaft: DOHC
  • Fuel Delivery: MULTI POINT FUEL INJECTION
  • Catalytic Convertor: True
  • Engine Layout: FRONT TRANSVERSE
  • Transmission: SEMI-AUTO
  • Gears: 7 SPEED

  • EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies: False

  • Coin Series: Play
  • Coin Description: Tce 90
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Years: 5
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage: 100000
  • Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years: 3
  • Manufacturers Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years: 12
  • Special Edition: False
  • Special Order: False
  • Based On ID: N
  • NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %: 96
  • NCAP Child Occupant Protection %: 89
  • NCAP Pedestrian Protection %: 72
  • NCAP Safety Assist %: 75
  • NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09: 5
  • Badge Power: 90
  • Badge Engine CC: 1.0
  • Vehicle Homologation Class: M1
  • Did at least one aspect of this vehicle's safety give cause for concern?: False
  • Generation Mark: 5
  • Alternative Fuel Qualifying: False

  • Engine Power - BHP: 90
  • Engine Power - PS: True
  • Engine Power - KW: 66

  • Emissions Test Cycle: WLTP

  • Alloys?: False
  • Space Saver?: False
  • Wheel Style: AMICITIA
  • Tyre Size Front: 195/55 R16
  • Tyre Size Rear: 195/55 R16
  • Tyre Size Spare: TYRE REPAIR KIT
  • Wheel Type: 16" STEEL

  • Width (including mirrors): 1988
  • Height: 1440
  • Height (including roof rails): N
  • Wheelbase: 2583
  • Length: 4050
  • Width: 1728

  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Up): 300
  • No. of Seats: 5
  • Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres): 42
  • Max. Roof Load: N
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Down): 1146
  • Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb: 10.4

  • Metallic paint: £560
  • Solid paint: Included
  • Renault ID paint: £660

  • Metallic - Titanium grey: £560
  • Metallic - Diamond black: £560
  • Metallic - Mercury: £560
  • Metallic - Urban grey: £560

  • Solid - Glacier white: £0

  • Renault ID - Flame red: £660
  • Renault ID - Iron blue: £660
  • Renault ID - Orange valencia: £660
  • Renault ID - Blue celadon: £660
  • Renault ID - Quartz white: £660

  • Cloth - Black: £0

  • Full size spare wheel: £200
  • Tyre inflation kit: Included

Whilst every effort is made to verify and ensure the accuracy of the data, the information should only be used as a guide and no purchasing decision should be made without verification of the data from either the manufacturer or franchised dealer. Our offers may be on a different model year to that represented by this data and so specification may differ accordingly.

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