The Renault Clio is a safe, enjoyable and spacious supermini that competes with the Ford Fiesta, Vauxhall Corsa and Peugeot 208. It's only available as a five-door hatchback, but feels spacious and roomy inside. The sporty Clio Renaultsport version offers the ultimate driving thrills, while running costs on all models are relatively inexpensive. Entry-level cars are a little basic and lack equipment like alloy wheels and air-conditioning, but opt for the mid-range model and you'll benefit from more powerful engines and decent standard equipment.
- Attractive design
- Lots personalisation options
- Fuel efficient engines
- No estate version in UK
- Light steering
- Body roll in corners
The Renault Clio is the car Renault hopes will go straight to the top of the supermini class, but it faces stiff competition from the Peugeot 208, Ford Fiesta and Vauxhall Corsa, to name but a few. It certainly looks the part, and features a dazzling array of new technology, plus a range of fuel efficient petrol and diesel engines.
- 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.