The chic Renault Clio has been a popular supermini choice for years, thanks to its combination of French flair, keen pricing and low running costs. The latest version has a more focused range, with the three-door hatchback and estate versions of old being dropped in favour of just a single five-door hatchback body. The efficient diesel and punchy petrol engines really boost the Clio's appeal, while petrolheads will be drawn to the high-performance RS version.
- Striking looks
- Efficient engines
- Fun to drive
- Cheap interior
- Limited range
- Cramped rear
Now that the three-door hatch and estate models have been dropped, the five-door hatchback has to offer the style of the former combined with the practicality of the latter in one package. Traditional Renault Clio strong points such as good standard equipment and low running costs are present and correct, but rivals such as the Ford Fiesta offer a more satisfying drive.
- Excellent to drive
- Stylish looks
- Sharp steering
- Disappointing automatic gearbox
- Not as fun to drive as before
- Pricey optional extras
Hot hatchbacks are back in fashion, and the Renaultsport Clio used to be the most fun to drive of the lot. This new model feels much more grown up and features more technology and lots of standard equipment, so should appeal to more people as a result. However, for other that'll be a shame, as some of the fun has been lost in translation.