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.
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.
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.
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.
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 CostsClio 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 Safety - currently readingIts reputation has taken a knock, but the latest Clio is making up ground in our Driver Power satisfaction survey