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Renault Clio: staying classy

The new fifth generation Renault Clio has just been launched and the new model sets new standards for technology, refinement and build quality.

Completely redesigned inside and out, the all new Clio is more spacious and refined than ever, plus it introduces cutting edge driving assistance and infotainment systems to the supermini class. The new Clio also continues Renault’s strong tradition for safety, having already been awarded a five-star EuroNCAP rating.

Following Renault’s EasyLife model strategy, the 2020 Clio is available in popular Play and Iconic trim levels, as well as new S Edition and RS Line versions. All models are extremely well equipped and packed with premium features, yet with prices starting at £14,295 the 2020 Clio remains as affordable as ever.

At the heart of the Clio is a totally new interior that sets new standards for quality, technology and practicality. One of the highlights is the option of new, larger 9.3-inch Easy Link infotainment screen and a 10-inch TFT instrument cluster – features normally reserved for larger and more expensive cars. From the outset the designers wanted to give the Clio a true premium feel, with soft touch plastics, satin finish metal trim and new, more enveloping seats all helping push the car upmarket. And with careful attention paid to ergonomics, the Clio is the most comfortable and refined version yet.

There’s also more space than ever in the Clio, despite being 12mm shorter and 8mm lower than its predecessor. A new front seat design not only delivers more comfort and support, its carefully shaped semi-soft shell back liberates more legroom for those sitting in the rear. Elsewhere, boot capacity has been increased to a best in class 391 litres, plus the cabin itself boasts a further 26 litres of storage.

A double height floor simplifies loading, while the rear seats fold down to provide a flat floor. Even the optional premium BOSE audio system has been carefully designed so that its subwoofer speaker does not encroach on boot volume.

For now, the Clio is available with three engines: two petrol and one diesel.

Starting with the TCe 100, this new petrol engine comes with power and torque figures of 100PS and 160Nm respectively. Fitted as standard with a five-speed manual gearbox the engine is also available with a seven-speed CVT gearbox.

Next up is the TCe 130, which makes its debut in the Clio having already been seen in the Kadjar, Mégane and Scénic. Available exclusively with the seven-speed EDC dual-clutch transmission, the sophisticated combination makes for impressive performance and smoothness.

The Blue dCi 85 diesel gets a six-speed manual transmission and is capable of returning an impressive 78.5mpg. Tuned to be as effortless and efficient on a long run as around town, the 1.5-litre unit develops a muscular 220Nm of torque at 1750rpm. The new Clio range starts at £14,295.

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