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Renault’s tech-laden fifth generation Clio will cost from £14.2k (and a hybrid is finally on the way)

By Paul Connolly

Renault has revealed that its all-new Clio supermini will come with a £14,295 price tag.

The fifth-generation model – the biggest-selling French car in history – gets an exterior redesign, a “revolutionary” new cabin and comes loaded with bags of tech.

There will be a choice of five powertrains including three petrols and one diesel, with the first Clio hybrid finally promised for 2020.

Renault has shrugged off the direct all-electric challenge from Peugeot, which is offering a pure-electric version of its 208. It is presumed Renault bosses don’t want to impinge on sales of the all-electric Renault Zoe.

The new model is more spacious and refined than before, plus it introduces “cutting edge” driving assistance and infotainment systems.

The new Clio has already been awarded a five-star EuroNCAP rating for crash test safety.

It is available in popular Play and Iconic trim levels, as well as new S Edition and sporty R.S. Line versions.

At the heart of the new Clio is an all-new cabin, including a new, larger 9.3-inch infotainment screen and a 10-inch instrument cluster.

A special ‘Smart Cockpit’ set-up, is made up of a 9.3-inch multimedia screen - standard on S Edition and R.S. Line, optional on Iconic and not available on Play - plus a 10-inch TFT instrument cluster.

The multimedia screen features a portrait layout and is angled towards the driver, improving screen visibility and usability on the move.

Included in the set-up is Renault’s Easy Link connected system that bundles together all the multimedia, navigation, infotainment and other driver information functions.

The new car comes with two separate Colour Touch packs, and optional ambient cabin lighting.

It’s roomier than its predecessor, despite being 12mm shorter and 8mm lower. Boot capacity has been increased to 391 litres – said to be best in class – with 26 litres of storage also available in the cabin.

The outgoing Clio’s much-appreciated exterior styling is not ditched, instead it’s built upon with new features like sculpted bonnet ribs, a pronounced bumper and full LED headlamps across the range flanked by Renault’s C-Shaped daytime running light signature.

Under the bonnet, three engines are available at launch: two petrol and one diesel.

There’s a new petrol TCe 100 that comes with power and torque figures of 100PS and 160Nm respectively. It comes as standard with a five-speed manual gearbox but will be available later in the year with a seven-speed CVT gearbox.

Next up is the TCe 130, already seen in the Renault Kadjar, Megane and Scenic, which has a seven-speed EDC dual-clutch transmission set-up.

The Blue dCi 85 diesel gets a six-speed manual transmission and is capable of returning an official 78.5mpg.

A new entry-level three-cylinder petrol engine is set to be available from October and Renault says an all-new hybrid powertrain will be available by the middle of next year featuring a 1.6 litre petrol engine mated to a pair of electric motors powered by a 1.2 kWh lithium ion battery.

The new Clio is laden with safety tech and driver assists, including the option of the EasyDrive advanced driving assistance system, which represents the “first step towards a self-driving vehicle”.

Available on the TCe 130 EDC, this system combines adaptive cruise control with lane keep assist to maintain a safe distance to the car in front, help keep the car in its lane and take over braking and acceleration in slow moving traffic.

The car features Android Auto and Apple CarPlay to enable 4G connectivity backed with a range of apps.

Safety features include lane departure warning and lane keep assist, the former automatically primed at speeds more than 43mph, the latter working between 43mph and 99mph.

Traffic Sign Recognition with speed alert is also available, as is cruise control with a speed limiter function.

All models get autonomous emergency braking with pedestrian and cyclist detection, lane departure warning, lane keeping assist, road sign recognition and six airbags.

Trim levels start with the Clio Play, from £14,295, including air con, DAB radio, Advanced Driver Assistance Systems and full LED headlamps.

The range currently tops out with the sporty R.S. Line, from £17,795, which includes styling cues from Renault’s high-performance Renault Sport models, bespoke R.S. Line exterior and interior treatment and 17-inch alloys.

There’s no official word on a hot hatch yet, but we’d expect a full-blooded RS (Renault Sport) model to be announced in due course.

Orders for the new Clio are now open, with first customer deliveries from late October

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