Renault has pulled the covers off its stylish new fifth-generation Clio, which offers a tech-filled interior and an exterior inspired by the larger Megane hatchback.

The Clio is a very important model for the French firm, as it’s Renault’s best-selling model and the top-selling supermini across Europe.

Renault revealed the first images of the Clio’s interior yesterday, which showed a less-cluttered layout, a digital ‘smart’ cockpit, as well as a central 9.3-inch touchscreen which uses a new ‘Easy Link’ connectivity system to integrate with smartphones. The cabin is also expected to be more upmarket than before as well.

The firm hasn’t gone overboard in term of the exterior design — keeping a very similar appearance to that of the outgoing Clio. That said, it’s adopted a similar look to the Megane hatchback, with its C-shaped LED head and rear lights.

New bold colour options are offered, while a number of customisation packs are available for the interior.

The latest Clio bucks the trend of cars increasing in size, as the new model is smaller in length than the car it replaces, but clever packaging ensures the interior is more practical than before. This results in the Clio having the largest boot capacity in its class— a huge 391 litres, which is more than models like the Volkswagen Golf and Ford Focus in the class above.

Another new addition to the new Clio is the launch of the ‘R.S. Line’ trim level, which offers the looks of Renault’s powerful hot hatches. R.S. Line replaces GT-Line, and offers Renault Sport looks through a honeycomb grille and 17-inch alloy wheels. The interior also features sports seats, carbon-style inserts and red accents to differentiate it from the other trim levels.

The Clio’s the first model to be built on Groupe Renault’s new CMF-B platform, which allows for the model to be equipped with electrification, as well as combustion engines. The Clio will be the first model to be equipped with a new ‘E-Tech’ hybrid system, with 12 electrified Renaults to be released by 2022.

Renault is yet to announce the new Clio’s engine and trim line-up, but it’s not expected to be too dissimilar from the outgoing car. Although there’s likely to be a slight increase over the current model’s £13,615 asking price.

Ted Welford


January 29, 2019