Renault Clio (2019 – present) | Expert Rating

Summary


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.

As of October 2022, the Renault Clio has an Expert Rating of 71%, based on 31 reviews from the UK media.

Clio highlights

  • Lots of helpful tech
  • Impressive interior trims
  • Quite fun to drive
  • Class-leading safety equipment
  • Hybrid variant is very smooth on the road

Clio lowlights

  • Clunky manual gearbox
  • Less space in the rear than rivals
  • Loud engine

Key specifications


Body style: Five-door hatch
Engines: petrol, diesel, hybrid
Price: From £18,290 on-road

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



Reviews, road test and comparisons from across the UK automotive media. Click any of the boxes to view.

Safety rating


Independent crash test and safety ratings from Euro NCAP

Adult protection: 96%
Child protection: 89%
Vulnerable road users: 72%
Safety assist: 75%

This rating applies for both petrol and diesel Clio models, as well as the Clio E-Tech Hybrid.

While a five-star safety score is an impressive accolade, it must be noted that most entry-level and mid-range Clio model do not come with all of the safety features required for this five-star crash test rating – due to semiconductor shortages caused by Covid-19.

Eco rating


Independent economy and emissions ratings from Green NCAP

Model tested: 1.0-litre petrol manual 100hp

Clean Air Index: 4.6 / 10
Energy Efficiency Index: 6.9 / 10

The current-generation Renault Clio was tested by Green NCAP in 2020, and was commended by the assessing body for its “very creditable three-star rating”, which is above average by petrol car standards.

The rating above only applies to a Clio which is powered by a 100hp 1.0-litre petrol engine and fitted with a manual gearbox. It does not apply to any other engine/gearbox combination.

Awards


Trophies, prizes and awards that the Renault Clio has received

2021

  • Auto Express Awards – Best Supermini
  • Carbuyer Awards – Best Small Car
  • Company Car Today Awards – Best Supermini
  • Parkers New Car Awards – Best First Car

2020

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

2019

  • Parkers New Car Awards – Best First Car

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