Renault Clio review - updated supermini still a fine choice - Design

Chic Renault Clio has verve, but isn’t class-leader

Evo rating
Price
from £11,555
  • Pretty exterior, decent interior, cheap to run
  • Engines can be uninspiring, no three-door or estate versions

Arguably the Clio’s strongest point, as – without wishing to dip too much into lazy national stereotypes – the French car is certainly prettier on the outside than many rivals. Renault took styling inspiration from the DeZir electric concept car of the 2010 Paris Motor Show and the result is a striking front end, dominated by the large diamond badge and grille slashes either side, along with tidy rear-end detailing that makes for an appealing car.

There’s also a neat visual trick on the Renault, which is hidden rear door handles. That makes all Clios look like three-door models; somewhat ironic, as there is no three-door option as a result, all Clios being five-door cars. The facelift has tidied things up further, and models with full-LED headlights look particularly sharp.

The fourth-gen Clio is bigger than its predecessor, as Renault believes most people downsize to it from the C-segment rather than upscaling from smaller cars, but as we’ve already touched upon, brilliantly it is up to 100kg lighter model-for-model than the old Clio.

Most Popular

All-electric Ferrari confirmed for 2025 reveal
Ferrari badge
Ferrari

All-electric Ferrari confirmed for 2025 reveal

Ferrari has confirmed its first EV, but first three new models are due in the coming months
15 Apr 2021
Jaguar XJ41 – Dead on arrival
Jaguar XJ41
Jaguar

Jaguar XJ41 – Dead on arrival

The blighted ’80s ‘F-type’, the demise of which led to the creation of the Jaguar XK8 and launched a new era for Aston Martin
8 Apr 2021
Peugeot 508 PSE 2021 review – high performance hybrid takes on S4 and M340i
Peugeot 508 PSE – front
Peugeot 508

Peugeot 508 PSE 2021 review – high performance hybrid takes on S4 and M340i

New 355bhp petrol-hybrid 508 from Peugeot Sport Engineered has Audi’s S4 licked
14 Apr 2021