Renault Sport Clio 220 Trophy review - Is the turbocharged Clio finally any fun? - Performance and 0-60 time

The new Clio gets a facelift, a new exhaust and the Trophy becomes a proper production model

Evo rating
Price
from £22,425
  • Tenacious and grippy chassis, but one that’s still fun
  • Lacklustre drivetrain and lifeless steering make it hard to enjoy

Performance and 0-60 time

The Trophy’s performance comes in a swell rather than a swift punch; it builds speed fast but in a very linear way. It does feels fast, but not in the rabid, eager sort of way you’d expect of a 217bhp supermini. It feels far too grown-up for a small hot hatch, especially one from the same stable that bought us the insanely fun Clio 200 Cup, Megane R26.R and Twingo 133 Cup.

It’s 0-62 time of 6.6sec is a little slower than its rivals, which is disappointing considering we have to come expect super quick acceleration times from cars with dual-clutch transmissions and launch control.

Subscribe to evo magazine

Subscribe today to have every issue of evo delivered straight to you. You'll SAVE 39% on the shop price, and get evo for its original cover price for a whole year!

The 220 Trophy feels like a big car and it weighs in at 1204kg. That’s pretty portly for a hot hatch in this sector, but it goes some way to explaining its slightly slow 0-62mph time. It still has a respectable power-to-weight ratio of 183bhp/ton which, rather amazingly, is punchier than both the Ford Fiesta ST (167bhp/ton) and Peugeot 208 GTi by Peugeot Sport (176bhp/ton).

Most Popular

2021 Land Rover Discovery 5 updated with fresh tech and engines
Land Rover Discovery

2021 Land Rover Discovery 5 updated with fresh tech and engines

Updated Discovery receives latest JLR engines and re-emphasises its family focus
10 Nov 2020
2021 BMW iX revealed – the next big leap towards BMW’s BEV future
BMW

2021 BMW iX revealed – the next big leap towards BMW’s BEV future

500bhp all-electric SUV leads the charge for BMW’s EV range expansion
11 Nov 2020
BMW M550i 2020 review – the M Performance 5-series has arrived, was it worth the wait?
BMW 5 Series

BMW M550i 2020 review – the M Performance 5-series has arrived, was it worth the wait?

A desirable balance of performance and control, beautifully built and charismatic. One of BMW’s best
12 Nov 2020
Cheap BMW M3? E46, E92 and F80 go head-to-head
BMW M3 saloon

Cheap BMW M3? E46, E92 and F80 go head-to-head

You might require a second mortgage to buy an E30 BMW M3, but fear not, as there are equally appealing M Power options that won’t test your credit sco…
14 Nov 2020