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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 other petrol versions in the range, 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 23% for 2021/22 and 24% thereafter.

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 five-speed SCe 65 variant, with CO2 emissions of 118-121g/km. If you opt for the TCe 90 with CVT transmission, you'll see a drop in efficiency to 48.7mpg and 130g/km.

The 1.5-litre Blue dCi 85 has now been discontinued, but Renault claimed a combined economy figure of 67.2mpg and emissions of 109g/km. Like all Clio engines, the diesel is fitted with a stop/start system as standard.

Insurance groups

The Renault Clio occupies insurance group 3 in the least powerful SCe 65 guise, but opting for the more powerful TCe 90 versions brings a step up to groups 9 or 10 depending on spec. The most powerful E-TECH hybrid with 138bhp is in group 12.

Depreciation

Our experts predict that the Renault Clio will retain about 48% of its value after three years and 36,000 miles at trade-in time, although the E-TECH hybrid versions look a stronger bet on the used market, holding on to around 54% over the same period.

Which Is Best

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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