Clio Review, Specs and Price – This is the
face-lifted Clio 4 which gets spruced up styling and a new
diesel engine among other minor revisions. It rivals the Skoda
Fabia, Ford Fiesta and Volkswagen Polo.
2017 Renault Clio Review
Pretty looks have always been core to the Clio’s appeal and
they remain a draw even now. Despite their appearance, all
Clios have five doors for excellent access to the back seats,
and a boot that’s average for the class in terms of size. For
2016 plastic quality has improved noticeably.
There’s a strong engine range, with four petrols and three
diesels to choose from. A small capacity petrol is the best bet
if you have a low annual mileage – the Clio’s 0.9-litre model
claims to offer the performance of a 1.4 yet can return fuel
economy of more than 60mpg. The most economical diesel raises
that to 85mpg.
UK buyers tend to go for high-specification Clios, but even so
the basic model is well equipped with electric windows, central
locking, electric heated and adjustable door mirrors, and a
Bluetooth phone connection. Our only complaint is the lack of
2017 Renault Clio Interior
Renault tells us that the new Clio’s dashboard has been
modelled on an airplane wing – something you may have to squint
to see! What we can confirm is that it feels like a
higher-quality product than the pre-facelift car with
soft-touch, textured plastics and matte chrome highlights. The
quality of the seat fabrics has also been improved and all
models get plenty of interior storage including large door
bins, a four-litre glovebox, two cupholders plus a place to
store your wallet and phone.
Basic models come with Renault’s R&GO infotainment screen
system with a phone cradle that allows you to integrate your
smartphone with the car’s stereo for sat-nav and music
streaming. Dynamique Nav models and above replace this with a
seven-inch sat-nav display, which has sharp and colourful
graphics, but also gives confused directions and is keen to
handout overbearing warnings of approaching speed cameras.
It doesn’t matter how tall (or small) you are, getting a
comfortable driving position shouldn’t be an issue. All models
come with a steering wheel that adjusts for rake and reach, a
height adjustable seat, and electric wing mirrors that are easy
to adjust. Tall adults will always find that a car this size is
tight in the back, but getting in is made a lot easier by the
standard rear doors. Sadly the Clio’s sloping roofline means
headroom will be in short supply if you’re tall, and the it
can’t offer the rear passenger room of the Skoda Fabia.
The Clio’s 300-litre boot is bigger than a Ford Fiesta’s and
with rear seats folded away space rises to 1,146 litres – big
enough to swallow an adult’s bicycle. The rear hatch rises to
reveal a large boot opening, but there’s a lip that heavy items
will need to be lifted over and a step in the floor when the
rear seats are folded – both could be resolved by an
adjustable boot floor.
2017 Renault Clio Engine and Specs
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2017 Renault Clio can be had with the company’s dCi 110
diesel engine, which costs little to run, while offering a
decent amount of performance for overtaking. In total there are
three petrol and two diesel engines to choose from.
The entry-level 1.2-litre 75 petrol engine is pretty basic and
only comes fitted to Expression models – the cheapest in the
range. Despite being down on power, it has the highest running
costs of any Clio, although fuel economy of 50.4mpg should
still be affordable even on a tight budget.
A high-tech alternative is the 0.9-litre TCe 90. Renault’s
first three-cylinder engine is fitted with a turbocharger and
it feels a lot nippier than the basic car, yet is cheaper to
run with road tax costing just £20 a year and fuel economy of
close to 70mpg possible. Play and Dynamic Nav models can be
specified in Eco trim, which revises the car’s engine and
gearing, adds low-rolling resistance tyres on smaller wheels,
and swaps the metal tailgate for a plastic one to save weight –
all of which help boost fuel economy and cut CO2 emissions
For motorway trips the 120 TCe is even better. It can get from
0-62mph in 9.2 seconds, but fuel economy drops to just over
Whether you go for the 90 or 110 dCi model runnings cost remain
the same, so fuel economy of 80.7mpg is possible and road tax
is free. Specify the ECO upgrades and fuel economy jumps to
88.3mpg and CO2 emissions drop by more than 10g/km.
2017 Renault Clio Price
Price start from £11,145 – £20,295. Renault offers the Clio in
four trim levels – Expression, Play, Dynamique Nav and
Dynamique S Nav. Even basic Expression trim comes with
equipment such as electric windows, electrically heated and
adjustable door mirrors, and a height-adjustable driver’s seat,
but you’ll need to upgrade to Play trim for air-conditioning.