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RENAULT CLIO HATCHBACK

1.0 TCe 90 RS Line 5dr

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The fifth generation Renault Clio aims to return its maker to credibility in the supermini sector. Jonathan Crouch drives it.

Background

The Renault Clio. It's the definitive expression of this French brand's vast experience in the supermini class, building on the company's reputation for building compact cars that are characterful, fun to drive and technically accomplished - qualities that go back all the way to the famous Renault 4 and 5 models of old. Here's the latest, much improved fifth generation version. The last couple of decades have been characterised by a lack of investment from Renault in their key models as the company pursued an electrically-powered motoring future the market still isn't quite ready for. That changed with the development of this car. The marque knew it had to get this Clio right. Perhaps it has.

Driving Experience

This MK5 Clio was the first Renault-Nissan Alliance model to use the conglomerate's latest sophisticated CMF-B platform. And the French brand has dramatically slimmed down the engine range you can have bolted to it. Gone are the diesels and the entry-level SCe petrol unit. Now, the only conventional powerplant you can have is Renault's 1.0-litre three cylinder TCe 90 petrol unit - which is the one most customers went for anyway. It only comes with manual transmission. The alternative is the self-charging E-TECH Hybrid 145 auto petrol version of this model, powered by an electrified 145hp petrol engine and two electric motors. Renault's set out here to try and deliver a driving experience to Clio buyers that's a little different to that served up before. Previous models had something of a comfort focus, but with this fifth generation design, the brand has sought to combine that with a little of the alert feel you'd get in this segment from cars like Ford's Fiesta. It'd be asking a little much for the company to nail this demanding brief at its first proper attempt, but it's got reasonably close. A little of what we might call 'Clio-ness' has been sacrificed in the process - this car no longer cruises over bumps with quite the ease of its predecessor. Most undulations though, are dispatched without fuss and there's a purpose to the way the car turns into bends and a level of body control that certainly wasn't there before. Plus of course in town, as you'd expect, it's manoeuvrable, nippy and easy to park.

Design and Build

Stylist Laurens van den Acker wanted this MK5 model Clio to be more expressive, while keeping the previous version's sleek profile. The body has been lowered by up to 30mm and big 17-inch wheels give top versions a more dynamic look. At the front, the bonnet incorporates ribs for a sculpted effect. The grille is bigger and the front bumper is more pronounced with a very expressive central air scoop. Full-LED headlights are now standard and the rear lights feature a more distinctive C-Shape signature. In terms of size, this fifth generation Clio is 14mm shorter than before, yet manages to be more spacious inside. The cabin is of much higher quality than before, with high-end materials and a soft coating on the dashboard, the door panels and the central console surround. The instruments are more driver-focused and there's the largest centre-dash infotainment screen in the segment, with two sizes available - 9.3-inches or (with navigation) 10-inches. There's another screen in the instrument binnacle, measuring between 7 and 10-inches depending on spec, replacing conventional dials. Plus an electric parking brake has been added. The seats on this Clio are much better than what you'd usually find in this segment in terms of comfort and support. They offer a longer seat base and a more enveloping shape. There's a useful gain in boot size, too; this Clio gets a variable-height floor so you can prioritise a low load lip or capacity, but the space on offer ranges from 330-litres up to as much as 391-litres.

Market and Model

Prices start from just under £19,000 and range up to just over £23,500, which now pitches this model towards the upper end of the course in the supermini segment. There's a premium of around £2,700 to pay if you want the E-TECH Hybrid 145 petrol powerplant with its auto gearbox, rather than the conventional TCe 90 petrol unit with its manual stick shift. Either way, there are four trim levels - 'Evolution', 'Techno', 'Lutecia' and 'R.S. Line'. Standard kit is generous, with even base 'Evolution' trim including a 7-inch TFT Colour Instrument Display and two luggage nets in the boot. 'Techno' has a focus on technology and styling, the exterior enhanced with dark tinted rear windows, chrome detailing on the window surrounds and door panels, plus a shark fin antenna. Inside, the interior is refreshed with grey accents to the dashboard and door panels, as well as dark grey pinstriped seat upholstery. The R.S. Line completes the revised Clio range, offering customers a dynamic and sporty design that features the latest on-board equipment. Features such as the 9.3-inch EASY LINK infotainment system with satellite navigation and wireless phone charger are fitted as standard, plus there's a 10-inch TFT Colour Instrument Display. All Clio variants get a standard 9.3-inch multimedia screen. This vertical and subtly curved tablet visually enlarges the dashboard and lends the cabin a more contemporary feel. Turned towards the driver, this screen, with its EASY LINK connected system, comprises all the multimedia, navigation and infotainment features as well as the car's MULTI-SENSE driving settings. This car gets several striking body colours, including Valencia Orange and Celadon Blue. The Valencia Orange shade offers unprecedented depth and radiance thanks to a specific coloured varnish treatment. In all, this Clio is available in 10 body colours and with three exterior customisation packs (in red, orange and black).

Cost of Ownership

Let's get to the WLTP figures. For the TCe 90 petrol unit, the figures are 54.3mpg and 119g/km in base 'Evolution'-spec. The Clio E-TECH Hybrid 145 manages 64.2mpg on the combined cycle and 96g/km of CO2 in that 'Evolution' trim, plus there's an 'EV' option that gives limited all-electric driving range. Enough on efficiency figures; what about the other costs of running this car - depreciation for example? Industry experts reckon this fifth generation Clio will do slightly better than its predecessors; after 3 Years/36,000 miles, a volume 'Evolution' TCe 90 variant is predicted to be worth 38% of its original value, which is very class-competitive - about the same as a comparable Ford Fiesta. You can plan ahead for maintenance costs by opting at point of purchase for a pre-paid servicing plan covering you for either three years and 30,000 miles, or four years and 40,000 miles. The four year '4+' warranty deal looks good too, given that most rivals restrict you to three year cover. This package also includes roadside assistance for the duration, though bear in mind that the final two years of the policy will be invalidated in the unlikely event that your Clio covers more than 100,000 miles. Depreciation levels will be very similar to those of other mainstream-brand superminis in this segment.

Summary

Renault knows how to do this. The company has been showing the world what a small hatch of this sort should be not only since the Clio first arrived in 1990 but since it virtually invented the supermini segment with the little Renault 5, way back in 1972. Unlike most motoring journalists, the French maker knows what most buyers in this sector really prioritise; practicality, comfort, value, safety and low running costs. Attributes that have made the Clio model line Europe's small car favourite. Which leaves us with what? A very accomplished all-rounder certainly - and a car that merits a significant place on any serious supermini buyer's shortlist. In driving it, we were reminded of something a recently disgraced former Renault Chief Executive once said: "there's nothing wrong with any car company that good cars won't fix". This is undoubtedly one of those. Good enough to properly reawaken British interest in the Clio? Possibly not. But you've watched this film. You know better. And, if you're looking for a supermini, we think you should give this one a chance. It might surprise you.

Key Information

Transmission Type
Transmission TypeManual
Fuel Type
Fuel TypePetrol
Emissions
Emissions120.00g/km
Top Speed
Top Speed112mph

Full Details

Standard Equipment

Driver Convenience

  • Cruise control + speed limiter
  • E-call
  • Easy link 9.3" screen with nav, 4x20W amp, DAB double tuner, 2xUSB, 1xJack/Bluetooth, and smartphone integration plus - Apple CarPlay/Android Auto
  • Eco mode driving function
  • Gear change indicator
  • Lane departure warning system
  • Lane keep assist
  • Over speed prevention
  • Traffic sign recognition
  • Trip computer
  • Variable assistance electric PAS

Entertainment

  • Sound auditorium

Exterior Features

  • Automatic headlights + automatic windscreen wipers
  • Body colour door handles
  • Body colour door mirrors
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • Body coloured rear spoiler
  • Chrome window surround
  • Drivers one touch window with anti-pinch feature
  • Electric adjustable/heated/folding door mirrors
  • Electric front windows
  • Electric rear windows
  • Exterior rear hidden door handles
  • Extra tinted glass on rear windows + tailgate
  • Full C-shape LED front and rear signature lighting
  • Full LED front and rear headlamps intergrating daytime running lights at the front and rear
  • Gun Metal insert on lower side doors with Clio embossing
  • LED front fog lights
  • Rear fog lights
  • Rear wiper
  • RS Line badging
  • RS Line exterior styling
  • RS Line side marker chrome
  • RS Line sports front bumper
  • RS Line sports lower grill
  • RS marker chrome gun metal grey sport rear bumper with chrome oval exhaust pipe
  • Variable speed on front windscreen wipers

Interior Features

  • 12V Accessory socket
  • 3 rear height adjustable headrests
  • 6.2L front glovebox
  • 60/40 split rear seats
  • Air recirculation control
  • Auto climate control
  • Dark roof lining and aluminimum pedal set
  • Driver's seat height adjustment
  • Front cupholders
  • Front decor strip in red
  • Front door storage bin
  • Height adjustable front headrests
  • Height/reach adjust steering wheel
  • Isofix system on outer rear seats
  • Multi function steering wheel
  • Pollen filter
  • RS branded top grain leather steering wheel
  • RS Line cloth upholstery with striped and red contrast stitching
  • RS Line Interior trim including airvent stripe and gearshifter in red
  • System for Restraint and Protection SRP-front seats

Packs

  • Exterior chrome pack - Clio

Safety

  • 3 point seatbelts on all rear seats
  • ABS+EBD+Brake assist
  • Automatic emergency braking system
  • Curtain airbags
  • Distance warning alert
  • Driver and passenger front and side airbag deactivation
  • Driver/Front Passenger airbags
  • ESC - Electronic Stability Control + traction control
  • Front side airbags(head+thorax)
  • Height adjustable driver's seatbelt
  • Hill start assist
  • Seatbelt warning
  • Tyre pressure warning

Security

  • Central door locking
  • Deadlocking system
  • Hands free key card with push button, start and stop function
  • Locking fuel filler cap
  • RAID (Renault Anti-Intruder Device) with automatic door locking
  • Rear door and window child locking function (front driver door control panel)
  • Remote central locking with thatcham approved immobiliser

Wheels

  • 17" RS diamond cut alloy wheels

Technical Data

Emissions - ICE

  • CO2 (g/km)
    83
  • HC+NOx
    Not Available
  • Particles
    Not Available
  • Standard Euro Emissions
    EURO 6
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb
    120
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - TEH
    121
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - TEL
    120

Engine and Drive Train

  • Camshaft
    DOHC
  • Catalytic Convertor
    Yes
  • CC
    999
  • Cylinder Layout
    IN-LINE
  • Cylinders
    3
  • Cylinders - Bore (mm)
    72.2
  • Cylinders - Stroke (mm)
    81.3
  • Engine Layout
    FRONT TRANSVERSE
  • Fuel Delivery
    MULTI POINT FUEL INJECTION
  • Gears
    6 SPEED
  • Number of Valves
    12
  • Transmission
    MANUAL

Fuel Consumption - ICE

  • EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies
    No
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb
    5.3
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - TEH
    5.3
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - TEL
    5.2
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb
    53.3
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - TEH
    53.3
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - TEL
    54.4

General

  • Alternative Fuel Qualifying
    No
  • Badge Engine CC
    1.0
  • Badge Power
    90
  • Based On ID
    Not Available
  • Coin Description
    Tce 90
  • Coin Series
    RS Line
  • Generation Mark
    5
  • Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07
    10E
  • Manufacturers Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years
    12
  • Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years
    3
  • NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %
    96
  • NCAP Child Occupant Protection %
    89
  • NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09
    5
  • NCAP Pedestrian Protection %
    72
  • NCAP Safety Assist %
    75
  • Did at least one aspect of this vehicle's safety give cause for concern?
    No
  • Service Interval Frequency - Months
    24
  • Service Interval Mileage
    18000
  • Special Edition
    No
  • Special Order
    No
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage
    100000
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Years
    5
  • Vehicle Homologation Class
    M1

Performance

  • 0 to 62 mph (secs)
    12.2
  • Engine Power - BHP
    90
  • Engine Power - KW
    66
  • Engine Power - RPM
    5000
  • Engine Torque - LBS.FT
    118
  • Engine Torque - MKG
    16.3
  • Engine Torque - NM
    160
  • Engine Torque - RPM
    3750
  • Top Speed
    112

Test Cycles

  • Emissions Test Cycle
    WLTP
  • RDE Certification Level
    RDE 2

Tyres

  • Alloys?
    Yes
  • Space Saver?
    No
  • Tyre Size Front
    205/45 R17
  • Tyre Size Rear
    205/45 R17
  • Tyre Size Spare
    TYRE REPAIR KIT
  • Wheel Style
    RS
  • Wheel Type
    17" ALLOY

Vehicle Dimensions

  • Height
    1440
  • Height (including roof rails)
    Not Available
  • Length
    4050
  • Wheelbase
    2583
  • Width
    1728
  • Width (including mirrors)
    1988

Weight and Capacities

  • Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres)
    42
  • Gross Vehicle Weight
    1609
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Down)
    1146
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Up)
    318
  • Max. Loading Weight
    435
  • Max. Roof Load
    Not Available
  • Max. Towing Weight - Braked
    900
  • Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked
    575
  • Minimum Kerbweight
    1174
  • No. of Seats
    5
  • Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb
    10.4
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Customer Reviews

   
Stephen Johnson

Stephen Johnson

"Highly recommended! Tom was extremely helpful through the entire process, giving clear guidance and taking me through all options and Michelle was on hand to answer any other queries I had. Nothing was too much trouble for them. Car was delivered on time despite my need for a very quick turnaround!"

"2 weeks ago"

Scott Wall

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"As a business associate of Silverstone Fleet Management my colleague Shaun and I enjoy working with all the team. We always find Tom, Scott and their colleagues very positive to work with, they are communicative, professional and always take pride in all they do. They actively value their customers and their personable approach is a huge enabler for this. I would highly recommend Silverstone Fleet Management as a business to work with for guaranteed great service all round."

"3 weeks ago"

Olivia Creemer

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"Brilliant! Superb service from both Tom and Michelle at Silverstone - both were incredibly helpful and efficient, always responding to emails and phone calls and so friendly and easy to talk to. Tom did an outstanding job sourcing a car for me within budget and within the timeframe that was needed, and was always on hand to answer my questions and queries. I would highly recommend Silverstone to anyone looking to lease a car, the service far exceeded the experience I had when shopping around with other suppliers. Big thumbs up and massive thank you! :)"

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