Renault Clio (2012-2019) review - Reliability and Safety

Its reputation has taken a knock, but the latest Clio is making up ground in our Driver Power satisfaction survey

The Renault Clio did not feature in the 2018 Driver Power survey, although Renault’s track record with reliability has, in general, been improving over recent years. However, the firm dropped from 11th to 22nd (out of 27 manufacturers) between our 2016 and 2017 Driver Power surveys, with a 24th place finish in 2018.

The Clio itself finished 70th out of 75 cars scored in 2017, beating only the Citroen C1, Ford Mondeo, Citroen C4 Cactus, Audi A1 and VW up!.

In terms of safety, the new Clio continues Renault's impressive record, and earned a full five-star Euro NCAP rating in 2012. It wouldn't get five stars today, because it doesn't have city braking on offer, but with 89 per cent for adult occupant protection and an impressive 99 per cent score in the safety assist category, it's still a good performer.

Renault has fitted ESP, ABS and Emergency Brake Assist as standard to all of its Clios, as well as a full complement of airbags. Rear parking sensors and a reversing camera are also available as options.

Warranty

Renaults are covered by a 3-year warranty from the date of first registration, with unlimited mileage during the first 24 months. The third year of cover applies provided 60,000 miles is not exceeded.

Servicing

Renault offers the EasyLife Pack which costs £299 for three years. This includes the cost of three services however, it does no cover wear and tear items such as tyres, brakes and wiper blades.

Scheduled servicing is required annually or every 12,500 miles – which is all pretty standard stuff. However, with the dealers’ disappointingly low scores on the reliability front, it’s the unscheduled pit stops of previous-generation Clios that Renault will be hoping to have knocked on the head.

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