Renault all-new Clio – more spacious and refined

Renualt Clio

The All-New Renault Clio is now available to order, with customer deliveries from late October. This fifth generation Clio features the latest technological innovations and has been completely redesigned inside and out. The All-New Clio is more spacious and refined than ever, plus it introduces cutting edge driving assistance and infotainment systems to the supermini class, it also continues Renault’s strong tradition for safety, having already been awarded a five-star        EuroNCAP rating.

The cabin has a premium feel, with soft touch plastics, satin finish metal trim and with careful attention paid to ergonomics, meaning the All-New Clio is the most comfortable and refined version yet.

One of the highlights of the new interior is the option of new, larger 9.3-inch EASY LINK infotainment screen, an upgrade on the standard  7-inch touchscreens, both of which are compatible with with Android AutoTM and Apple CarPlayTM. The 9.3-inch screen is standard on S Edition and R.S. The system bundles together all the multimedia, navigation, infotainment and MULTI-SENSE functions. A 10-inch TFT instrument display is also available as an option on R.S. Line and is fully configurable, allowing the driver to customise the display to include information sat-nav instructions directly in front of the driver.

Customers also get more interior customisation with two separate Colour Touch packs offered, that add either red or orange inserts for the dashboard, doors and centre console. On top of this is the availability of ambient lighting, which allows drivers to light the cabin in one of eight different colours.

Despite being 12mm shorter and 8mm lower than its predecessor, a new front seat semi-soft shell back liberates more legroom for those sitting in the rear. 

Boot capacity has been increased to a best in class 391 litres, plus the cabin itself boasts a further 26 litres of storage. A double height floor simplifies loading, while the rear seats fold down to provide a flat floor. 

The All-New Clio is packed with visual appeal, and while it retains the old Clio’s sleek profile, the new car has a distinctive style. At the front, the bonnet features sculpted ribs, while the grille is now bigger and the front bumper more pronounced. A further innovation is the adoption of full LED headlamps across the range that are flanked by Renault’s C-Shaped daytime running light signature that delivers unrivalled night vision. 

Embodying the model’s vitality, the new Valencia Orange paint tone offers unprecedented depth and radiance thanks to a specific lacquer treatment that is a first in the automotive industry. As with the exterior there’s the option of contrasting Colour Touch trim embellishments, with Red, Black and Orange inserts for the front grille, side protection strips, rear bumper and alloy wheels.

In terms of the latest driver assistance, not only is there the ‘Smart Cockpit’ that allows easier and safer use of infotainment functions on the move, there’s also the option of the EasyDrive advanced driving assistance system, which represents the first step towards a self-driving vehicle. Available on the TCe 130 EDC this advanced system combines adaptive cruise control with lane keep assist to maintain a safe distance to the car in front, help keep the car in its lane and take over braking and acceleration in slow moving traffic.

Thanks to careful design and the strategic use of high-strength steel, the Clio is also one of the safest cars in its class, as highlighted by its five-star EuroNCAP rating. All models get autonomous emergency braking with pedestrian and cyclist detection, lane departure warning, lane keeping assist, road sign recognition and six airbags.

At launch the All-New Clio is available with three engines: two petrol and one diesel.

Starting with the TCe 100, this new petrol engine comes with power and torque figures of 100PS and 160Nm respectively. Fitted as standard with a five-speed manual gearbox the engine is also available from November with a seven-speed CVT gearbox.

Next up is the TCe 130, which makes its debut in the All-New Clio having already been seen in the Kadjar, Mégane and Scénic. Available exclusively with the seven-speed EDC dual-clutch transmission, the sophisticated combination makes for impressive performance and smoothness.

The Blue dCi 85 diesel gets a six-speed manual transmission and is capable of returning an impressive 78.5mpg. Tuned to be as effortless and efficient on a long run as around town, the 1.5-litre unit develops a muscular 220Nm of torque at 1750rpm.

Available to order from October, will be the entry-level three-cylinder naturally aspirated SCe 75 with power and torque figures of 72PS and 95Nm respectively. Fitted as standard with a five-speed manual gearbox, this combines grown-up performance with small car running costs.

From mid-2020 a new-generation Hybrid powertrain will be available.