Renault Clio Road Test (2013)

Renault Clio (Interior View) (2013)

Renault Clio Review

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Drive with a heavy right foot and the Clio responds with a busy sounding engine that makes it seem quite vocal

Comfort and Refinement

Drive with a heavy right foot and the Clio responds with a busy sounding engine that makes it seem quite vocal. Under normal driving, though, it is pleasingly quiet with good general levels of refinement. Engine noise is pretty well suppressed, there is not much wind noise and feedback from the tyres and suspension is fairly unobtrusive and about what you would expect of a car this size.

Interior comfort is pretty good with well cushioned seats that support unobtrusively and hold you well enough on the corners. Headroom is a bit tight if you are above-average tall.

Safety and Security

Renault takes pride in building cars with very good safety credentials and the Clio has been designed with that philosophy. As well as a full array of airbags (front, side and curtain) it comes with new-generation height-adjustable SRP (System for Restraint and Protection) front headrests, and three rear headrests. Hill Start Assist protects against unwanted roll-back when setting off on an incline. Both electronic stability control and electronic traction control are fitted and the car has cruise control with a speed limiter. In Euro NCAP testing the Clio achieved the full five-star rating.


This version of the Clio comes with Renault’s MediaNav integrated multimedia system, including a 7-inch touch screen display and Navteq Nav’n’Go satellite navigation. The package features a 4 x 20w radio, Bluetooth, USB, hands-free technology and fingertip remote controls. Sound quality from the stereo is good, helped by the Renault Bass Reflex system. Standard kit on this car includes electric front windows, central locking, keycard entry, push-button starting, and a steering wheel adjustable for both height and reach. This Dynamique MediaNav specification includes air conditioning, gloss black dashboard trim, leather steering wheel, 16-inch alloy wheels in either chrome, black or ivory, and highlighting body trim.

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What We Liked
  • Updated 1.5 litre diesel engine with more torque and better economy
  • Strong performance but also quiet and refined
  • Low CO2 output, currently the lowest g/km of any car on the UK market
  • Impressive 88 mpg on the official combined figure
  • Good touch-screen infotainment system
  • Generous boot space for its size
  • Five variations of speed setting for the windscreen wipers
  • Decent handling
  • Sharper looks and more presence than the old Clio
  • Rediscovered ‘Va-va-voom’
  • Four year warranty good for 100,000 miles
What We Disliked
  • Diesel Clio doesn’t feel quite as agile as the petrol version
  • No sporty-looking three-door, it is only available as a five-door
  • Glossy black interior trim a bit bling for some tastes
  • Engine become quite loud when pushed hard
What We Would Like To See
  • Even more Va-va-voom
  • ‘Nicole’ and ‘Papa’ make a comeback

The Clio has always been a well-liked car, but the last generation car hung around for too long while rival models overtook it in modernity and appeal. This latest generation car is a big improvement and a much more convincing reason to put Renault back on the list if you are considering buying a new supermini.

15 August 2013 Sue Baker
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Renault Clio Road Test Data
Model ReviewedRenault Clio Dynamique MediaNav dCi 90
Body TypeHatchback
ColourFlame Red
Performance (manufacturers data) 
0 - 62 mph12.0 Seconds
Top Speed 112 mph
Transmission5-Speed Manual
Fuel TypeDiesel
CO2 Emissions (NEDC Figures) g/km
Economy (NEDC Figures) 
Urban78.5 mpg
Extra Urban94.2 mpg
Combined88.3 mpg
Insurance Group13
Euro NCAP Rating
Warranty4 Years / 100,000 Miles
Price (when tested on the 15/08/13)£15,345

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