The latest incarnation of the Renault Clio is unlikely to be criticised for dated looks like some of its predecessors. The 2018 / 68 Plate model is definitely a shaper looking proposition, with an eye-catching sculpted body it’s looks are very strong and give it a sportier feel too.
Renault have also plumped for a straight-forward choice of engines and a simplified 3 trim-level model line-up which consists of the entry-level Play, The Iconic and the GT-Line in what Renault call their EasyLife line-up. Read on for the low-down ….
2018 / 2019 Plate Renault Clio Exterior Design
It’s not an understatement to say the Clio has undergone something of a revolution in looks in the last few years, the end result is the 2018 / 2019 latest model is smart, fun and eye-catching in equal measures. The exterior boasts strong sculpted lines and it’s looks could be its trump card that set it apart from rivals in a very competitive segment.
2018 / 2019 Plate Renault Clio Interior
Renault have tried to improve the overall quality of the interior with the addition of more soft touch finishes but it still doesn’t match up to the rivals and popular small hatchback cars like the VW Polo and Ford Fiesta in that department. Inside the Clio though you’ll find a decent amount of legroom, indeed its one of the roomier small hatchbacks.
In the new simplified 3-model line-up the base Clio Play model get s a DAB radio and Renault’s R&Go app which utilises your smartphone as a sort of infotainment system offering sat nav, multimedia and various other functions. If you can, skip that entry-level model and go for the Iconic or GT-Line model, then you’ll be equipped with a very nice 7-inch colour touchscreen infotainment system with sat nav.
2018 / 2019 Renault Clio Engines
You have the option of two petrol engines with manual transmission, the TCe 75 and the TCe90. Both offer virtually identical fuel economy (around 56mpg - combined) and emissions of 114g.km. However, the TCe90 offers more torque and power.
If you are frequently on motorways or driving up and down hills you may find you’re working the TCe75 pretty hard. In such cases theTCe90 may be a better option for you, if your driving is mainly short urban trips the cheaper TCe75 should be adequate. It should also be noted there’s a fair price increase (expect to pay over £2500 more for equivalent TCe90 models).
The diesel offering is the dCi 90 available with either manual or automatic gearbox, running costs are pretty low with fuel economy around the 70mpg mark (combined) and CO2 emissions of 106g/km. The diesel offers a lot more torque and is a bit nippier than the quicker petrol models, so if you are doing a lot of motorway travel or frequently travelling with a full load of passengers it will be an option worth exploring.
All engines are equipped with Stop&Start technology.
2018 / 2019 Renault Clio Models
The entry-level Play model includes 16-inch black alloy wheels, front fog lights, electrically adjustable/heated door mirrors and keyless entry. Inside you get; air con, front electric windows, cruise control, speed limiter, DAB radio, Bluetooth and Renault’s R&GO app.
Move up to the Clio Iconic model and you get larger 17-inch alloys, a 7-inch colour touchscreen infotainment system with Arkamys 3D sound, sat nav, live traffic updates and rear parking sensors.
The Clio GT-Line model adds to the Iconic with it’s unique GT-Line sporty styling, additionally you get LED automatic headlights, rain sensing windscreen wipers, rear electric windows and automatic climate control.
There is the option of an Interior Touch Pack which offers custom air vents surrounds and gear gaiter surround in matt grey or matt red.
Optional extras and upgrades across the range include rear tinted windows, a panoramic sun roof, Bose premium sound system, Renault’s, R-Link, handsfree parking and side protection.