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 fossil-fuelled versions in the range, it will no doubt produce the best economy figures and lower emissions. However, Renault is yet to finalise exact data for the petrol/electric model.
The single diesel option, the 1.5-litre Blue dCi 85, is still cheap to run – Renault claims a combined 67.2mpg and emissions of 109g/km. Like all Clio engines, the diesel is fitted with a stop/start system as standard.
The most efficient petrol-powered Clio is the TCe 100 with its turbocharged three-cylinder. It’ll return a claimed 54.3mpg on average with emissions of just 119g/km – for comparison’s sake, the Volkswagen Polo Match with an equivalent 1.0 TSI 95PS engine and five-speed manual will return 47.1 to 50.4mpg on average, with emissions from 127g/km.
The entry point to Clio ownership is the SCe 75, powered by its naturally aspirated three-pot. Despite its lack of forced induction, the engine manages to return respectable figures – 52.3mpg on average and 121g/km.
The highest-performing model in the range is the TCe 130, but despite its extra power this engine still offers reasonable running costs: economy is quoted at 49.6mpg and CO2 emissions at 130g/km.
All Clio models should prove to be affordable choices for company car users. The cheapest SCe 75 model in Play trim commands a low 26% BiK percentage charge, while the most expensive TCe 130 in RS Line trim only bumps this up to 29%. Low CO2 emissions across the board mean that first-year road tax (usually rolled into the on-the-road price) is very reasonable, too.
The Renault Clio occupies insurance group 3 in the least powerful SCe 75 guise, but opting for the more powerful dCi 85 and TCe 100 versions brings a step up to groups 9 or 10 depending on spec. The most powerful TCe 130 is in insurance group 16.
Our experts predict that the Renault Clio will retain about 39 to 45% of its value after three years and 36,000 miles at trade-in time. By contrast, the Ford Fiesta is expected to hold on to around 37 to 49% – a wider range that correlates to that car’s broader selection of models.
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