Review

Renault Clio hatchback

Price  £10,795 - £17,595

Renault Clio hatchback

reviewed by Carbuyer

Pros
  • Attractive design
  • Lots personalisation options
  • Fuel efficient engines
Cons
  • No estate version in UK
  • Light steering
  • Body roll in corners

The most recent generation of the Renault Clio is only available as a five-door car, which means it has added practicality against its three-door rivals. The Clio loses none of a three-door car's perceived youthful image, because Renault has hidden the rear-door handles in the car's C-pillars behind the rear doors.

The Clio is available with a range of engines, which means you can choose from economical diesels or quieter petrol engines. Whichever model you go for, the Clio should be cheap to run. The car is lighter than the one it replaces, to save fuel, which also makes the new Clio feel more fun to drive.

While the Clio is not available with an fully-automatic gearbox, it can be specced with a dual-clutch manual which offers button-operated gear shifts, and effectively gives the driver the best of both worlds. This makes it easy to drive around town, yet fun to drive on the open road.