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Renault Clio

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The Renault Clio is a small, supermini-class hatchback. The latest fifth-generation model was unveiled at the 2019 Geneva motor show before arriving on UK streets in late 2019.

Like the last model, the new Clio is only available as a five-door hatchback. A high-performance Clio RS version is not expected, while a hybrid model joined the range in late 2020.

The initial reviews for the new Renault Clio have been broadly positive, with particular praise for its refinement and high-quality interior. However, it is not considered as good to drive as the Ford Fiesta. At this stage, the Clio’s overall Expert Rating puts it in the top half of the supermini class, albeit some distance behind the class leaders.

Key specifications

Body style: Five-door hatch
Engines: petrol, diesel, hybrid
Price: From £15,895 on-road

Launched: Spring 2019
Last updated: Autumn 2020
Replacement due: TBA

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MEDIA REVIEWS

Reviews, road tests and comparisons from across the UK automotive media

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SAFETY RATING

Independent crash test and safety ratings from Euro NCAP

Overall rating: 5 stars
Date tested: May 2019

96%

ADULT OCCUPANT

89%

CHILD OCCUPANT

72%

VULNERABLE ROAD USERS

75%

SAFETY ASSIST

Eco rating

Independent emissions and efficiency ratings from Green NCAP

No eco rating

The Renault Clio has not yet been lab tested by Green NCAP. This is a new initiative, launched in 2018 as a sister organisation to Euro NCAP. As yet, very few new cars have been tested for environmental impact by Green NCAP, and the testing programme was halted in early 2020 by the coronavirus pandemic. It is due to resume in the second half of the year.

Awards

Trophies, prizes and awards that the Renault Clio has received

2021

  • Auto Express Awards – Best Supermini
  • Company Car Today Awards – Best Supermini

2020

  • Carbuyer Awards – Car of the Year + Best Small Car
  • Parkers New Car Awards – Best First Car
  • Auto Express Awards – Best Supermini
  • Business Car Awards – Best Small Car
  • Fleet World Awards – Best Fleet Supermini
  • DieselCar & EcoCar Top 50 – Car of the Year + Best Small Car

2019

  • Parkers New Car Awards – Best First Car

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