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.

Insurance groups

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.

Depreciation

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.

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Cheapest

  • Name
    1.0 SCe 75 Play 5dr
  • Gearbox type
    Manual
  • Price
    £14,420

Most Economical

  • Name
    1.0 TCe 100 RS Line Bose Edition 5dr
  • Gearbox type
    Manual
  • Price
    £17,420

Fastest

  • Name
    1.3 TCe 130 RS Line 5dr EDC
  • Gearbox type
    Semi-auto
  • Price
    £20,480

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