The Renault Clio is deceptively spacious in terms of headroom and the rear occupants of the 3-door version have a fraction more shoulder room than those in the 5-door.
The Renault Clio is deceptively spacious in terms of headroom and the rear occupants of the 3-door version have a fraction more shoulder room than those in the 5-door. Legroom in the back is adequate and able to accommodate adults, although in the test car, it was a little on the dark side. This can be remedied with the addition of the optional sunroof, which is large enough to make a great deal of difference, although it will add £600 or £1,020, as part of the Cool Pack.
The rear seats on the Renault Clio Extreme models have one-piece, folding rear seats, while the others all have a 60:40 split and fold. With all of the seats in place the luggage capacity is 288-litres, under the cover but this can be increased to a maximum of 1,038-litres, measured to the roof, should the need arise.
The driver and front passenger's seat are very comfortable, even on lengthy journeys and, depending on the trim level, both can have height adjustment and lumbar support. And there are no less than six trim levels available - seven, if you count the TomTom Edition.
Prices for the 3-door, start at £10,120 for the Renault Clio Extreme with the 1.2-litre petrol engine and rise to £14,570 for the 1.5 dCi diesel in the GT. In between are the Dynamique, TomTom and World Series levels. If that doesn't add up, it is because the entry-level for the 5-door is the Expression (with more engine options than the 3-door version) and there are also the Privilege and Initiale trims.
Core features for the 3-door include tinted windows, a height-adjustable steering column, trip computer, power steering, manual door mirrors, ISOFIX anchor points on the outer rear seats, ABS with EBD, Brake Assist and front and side airbags. Extreme adds electric front windows, 15-inch wheels and a CD/radio with MP3 playback.
The Renault Clio Dynamique and TomTom have larger, 16-inch alloy wheels, manual air-conditioning, automatic headlights and wipers, leather trimmings for the steering wheels and gear-knob, curtain airbags and powered and heated door mirrors.
The World Series by Renault is also on a par with the Dynamique, in terms of specification but, as befits the title, has a Sport styling kit, "World Series by Renault" badging and sport suspension.The new GT is the top level for the 3-door Renault Clio and on top of the Dynamique's goodies, it offers extra tinted windows, cruise control and speed-limiter, height adjustment and lumbar support for the driver, twin 'GT' exhaust pipes, a white rev counter drilled aluminium pedals and special 'GT' fabric upholstery.
Renault Clio Road Test Data
|Model Reviewed||Renault Clio 3 Door 1.5D Dynamique|
|Performance (manufacturers data)|
|0 - 62 mph||12.7 Seconds|
|Top Speed||108 mph|
|CO2 Emissions (NEDC Figures)||g/km|
|Economy (NEDC Figures)|
|Extra Urban||70.6 mpg|
|Euro NCAP Rating||5 Star|
|Warranty||3 Years / 60000 Miles|
|Price (when tested on the 30/09/09)||£13,320|