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Renault Clio review - Practicality & boot space

Renault's designers have maximised space, resulting in a very practical supermini

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Renault's designers have been on a mission to carve out more space inside the Clio, and it feels more airy and less cluttered as a result.

Renault Clio interior space & storage

The Clio’s curved roofline doesn't impede too severely on rear headroom but the large C-pillars can make the back slightly claustrophobic. Renault has tried to alleviate this by making the front headrests smaller to boost visibility forwards, and the front seats have been carefully sculpted to boost kneeroom in the back. We found it comfortable up front but still a little tight for adults and child car seats in the rear. The bucket seats in the range-topping Esprit Alpine version are also slightly narrow for some body shapes. All things considered, though, the Clio feels much more spacious than its rival the Toyota Yaris.

Boot space

Renault's figures for the boot are 391 litres for petrol versions, and 366 litres for the diesel, which is no longer available to buy new. That's impressive space for a supermini, beating the Ford Fiesta’s 311 litres and the Volkswagen Polo's 351 litres. Fold the rear seats down and cargo space increases to 1,069 litres. The boot shrinks to 301 litres for the E-Tech hybrid, as a result of the extra hardware required for its complex powertrain, but this is still competitive with most rivals. It’s bigger than the 286-litre boot in the Toyota Yaris Hybrid, for example.

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A wide boot opening and low floor helps the Clio offer as much luggage volume as it does but this also results in a reasonably large loading lip to carry items over, which could be an annoyance. Renault told us this is necessary to reduce the potential damage if the Clio is hit from behind, helping to keep insurance costs down. A sloping roofline also means that while the boot opening is fairly wide, it isn't very tall, so bulky items aren't likely to fit through the gap.

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    1.0 SCe 75 Play 5dr
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    Manual
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    £15,020

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    1.6 E-TECH Hybrid 140 Play 5dr Auto
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Charlie writes and edits news, review and advice articles for Carbuyer, as well as publishing content to its social media platforms. He has also been a regular contributor to its sister titles Auto Express, DrivingElectric and evo. As well as being consumed by everything automotive, Charlie is a speaker of five languages and once lived in Chile, Siberia and the Czech Republic, returning to the UK to write about his life-long passion: cars.

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