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.
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.
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.
In this review
- 1Renault Clio reviewThe Renault Clio is a star of the supermini class – well-built, good to drive and packed with tech
- 2Engines, performance and driveThe Renault Clio is good fun to drive and rides well, but some engines aren’t especially strong
- 3MPG, CO2 and Running Costs - currently readingThe Clio’s engines aren’t the strongest, but running costs and emissions are still very competitive
- 4Interior, design and technologyThe Renault Clio’s interior is class-leading, especially in higher trims; strong infotainment also impresses
- 5Practicality, comfort and boot spaceIt’s not quite the most practical car in its class, but the Renault Clio still offers plenty of space
- 6Reliability and SafetyThe Clio appears to be pretty reliable, and it’s one of the safest superminis on sale