Renault Clio expert car review verdict – BBC Top Gear

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Cheery and the new Clio is a genuinely appealing

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What is it?

appears to have at last why people buy its small cars: styling. The new Clio 4 is thus as and interesting as the old one was forgettable and dreary. The known this for a while, is why it bought in new designer Laurens van den to overhaul its styling department the 4 is the first car he’s designed scratch.

Look closely, too. the rear doors? Thought they’ve been cleverly so much so that Renault is selling the Clio 4 in five-door

With its low roof line, tail and shallow side the firm is hoping styling sells but it’s thrown new and new interior features at it too, so the is also there.


An aged 1.2-litre opens the batting for the Clio but the 0.9-litre three-cylinder turbo more interesting. Designed for forced induction means still nippy enough in and sounds sweet when hard in the country. Just expect big car performance on the open For that, you’ll need the 120bhp 1.2-litre turbo.

Renault’s also revised the 1.5-litre dCi diesel, which is a alternative if you can afford it.

Pleasingly, has also remembered something that used to make its great how they handled. steers keenly, doesn’t into understeer and lets you what the back wheels are up to the limit. It’s all nicely and although the body does roll a bit too, the pay-off is soft and supple suspension, old-style Renault trait most welcome.

On the inside

As with the outside, styled a cheery interior looks much more and better quality than The latter is partly an illusion as the are a bit hard and hollow, but the sheer of equipment helps you overlook On half the range, there’s a touchscreen tablet in the middle of the which will eventually downloadable apps.

It’s a roomy enough too. The styling does rear headroom isn’t it was, and visibility is a bit compromised, but will think it’s it. Also, while the boot is a bit to load, there’s no arguing its 300 litres of space.


To the promise of class-leading safety and gadgetry, Renault is also up the Clio’s sheer value. All get six ESP, Bluetooth and keyless go, the best-selling Dynamic MediaNav yes, sat nav. The TCe 90 does the dCi does up to 88.3mpg and Renault it’s cheaper than car despite all the extra kit.

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