Renault Clio review - MPG, CO2 and running costs
The Clio’s engines aren’t the strongest, but running costs and emissions are still very competitive
Although the Clio E-Tech hybrid is more expensive to buy than the standard petrol version, it produces the best economy figures and lower emissions; up to 64.2mpg on the combined cycle and 99-100g/km of CO2. This attracts a Benefit-in-Kind tax rate for company car users of 24%.
The TCe 90 turbocharged three-cylinder version is able to return 54.4mpg in six-speed manual form, which is pretty much identical economy to the (now discontinued) five-speed SCe 65 variant, with CO2 emissions of 118-121g/km. Although no longer on sale, you may wish to seek out a TCe 90 model with a CVT transmission. If you do, you'll find that it's slightly less efficient than the manual version, delivering 48.7mpg and emitting 130g/km of CO2.
You won't find a diesel model on the Clio price list anymore, but Renault claimed the 1.5-litre Blue dCi 85 version from 2019 was capable of 67.2mpg on the combined cycle, with emissions of 109g/km. Like all Clio engines, the diesel is fitted with a stop/start system as standard.
The 89bhp TCe 90 version sits in groups 9 or 10 depending on spec, while the most powerful E-Tech hybrid with 138bhp is in group 12. In comparison, the 123bhp Ford Focus EcoBoost model in Active trim, sits in group 13.
Our experts predict that the Renault Clio will retain about 51 per cent of its value after three years and 36,000 miles, although the E-Tech hybrid versions look a stronger bet on the used market, holding on to around 56 per cent over the same period.
In this review
- 1VerdictThe Renault Clio is a star of the supermini class – well-built, good to drive and packed with tech
- 2Engines, performance and driveThe Renault Clio is good fun to drive and rides well, with the TCe 90 petrol engine a competent performer
- 3MPG, CO2 and Running Costs - currently readingThe Clio’s engines aren’t the strongest, but running costs and emissions are still very competitive
- 4Interior, design and technologyThe Renault Clio’s interior is class-leading, especially in higher trims; strong infotainment also impresses
- 5Practicality, comfort and boot spaceIt’s not quite the most practical car in its class, but the Renault Clio still offers plenty of space
- 6Reliability and SafetyThe Clio appears to be pretty reliable, and it’s one of the safest superminis on sale