Renault Clio (2012-2019) review - MPG, CO2 and Running Costs
Clio has great economy, low emissions and cheap insurance; high depreciation is the only real fly in the ointment
As well as good looks, the Clio also boasts low running costs. It’s worth noting that Renault currently only gives economy figures for the Clio as measured on the older, less accurate NEDC test – newer WLTP figures are considered closer to those achievable in ‘real-world’ driving.
All engines are fitted with stop/start technology as standard and economy is decent across the board. The TCe 75 0.9-litre returns a claimed 56.5mpg on average – a figure matched by the more powerful TCe 90 version. Both emit a claimed 114g/km of CO2.
The 1.5-litre dCi 90 diesel returns a claimed 70.6mpg regardless of gearbox choice, with 106g/km of CO2 quoted for both.
Perhaps with all those Parisian parking scrapes in mind, the Clio has been designed with plastic body panels that are cheap and simple to replace.
Coupled to the lack of pace from the majority of engines, it’s no surprise the range is cheap to insure at group 7 to 12.
The downside to the Clio is its weak residual values compared to those of its key rivals, so expect it to have lost a good proportion of its value when it comes to selling it. The VW Polo will perform better, and even the Peugeot 208 should look like a stronger bet at resale time.
In this review
- 1Renault Clio (2012-2019) reviewThe Renault Clio is a stylish and relatively cheap to run supermini, but it's not a class leader
- 2Engines, performance and driveThe Clio is easy to drive and reasonable fun, but a rivals are better to drive
- 3MPG, CO2 and Running Costs - currently readingClio has great economy, low emissions and cheap insurance; high depreciation is the only real fly in the ointment
- 4Interior, design and technologyThe Clio's exterior design is modern and fresh even after a few years, but the cabin lacks the quality sheen of class leaders
- 5Practicality, comfort and boot spaceSleeker looks mask a wheelbase stretch and a class-leading boot – but the Clio is still cramped in the back.
- 6Reliability and SafetyIts reputation has taken a knock, but the latest Clio is making up ground in our Driver Power satisfaction survey