Prices, specs and rivals
UK trim lines include Expression, Play, Dynamique Nav and Dynamique S Nav. It should be fairly obvious what the ‘Nav’ means in those latter specifications and so a Clio equipped with Renault's MediaNav mapping and a seven-inch touchscreen will cost at least £13,955.
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You can get into a Clio from £11,555, with the Expression (1.2 16v only) fitted with LED daytime running lights, stability control, traction control, hill start assist, six airbags, cruise control and a speed limiter. There's also an R&GO app-based connectivity solution which works when the user's smartphone is plugged in, while electric front windows, electric and heated mirrors and keyless go are all standard.
Play is £1400 on top of this but does add more desirable kit, such as 16-inch alloy wheels, air conditioning, and front fog lights. Dynamique Nav adds the aforementioned touchscreen with navigation functions, as well as Bluetooth, DAB radio and Siri compatibility. There's a better stereo too, as well as automatic lights and wipers and a leather steering wheel.
Dynamique S Nav (£15,755) takes things a step further: Kit includes Renault's new full-LED headlights and rear lights, 17-inch alloy wheels, climate control, folding mirrors, rear electric windows and rear parking sensors. On top of Dynamique Nav and S Nav models you can add a Renault Sport-inspired GT Line pack with different alloy wheels, redesigned front and rear bumpers and a smattering of Renault Sport badges. A Bose audio system is also now available.
Rivals are many. The obvious alternatives are the Ford Fiesta, Vauxhall Corsa, SEAT Ibiza, Volkswagen Polo, Peugeot 208 and the upcoming Citroen C3. Ford's offering is still the best to drive in this class and VW just nicks the quality prize, though most cars in this class now have pleasingly high-quality cabins.