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Renault Clio - MPG, CO2 and running costs

The Clio can be had with either a simple petrol engine or Renault’s full-hybrid E-Tech powertrain

Overall Auto Express Rating

4.5 out of 5

MPG, CO2 and Running Costs Rating

4.5 out of 5

Price
£17,775 to £20,575
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While the facelifted Renault Clio was offered exclusively with a full-hybrid powertrain initially, a pure-petrol engine option has since returned to the line-up. Some rival superminis like the Honda Jazz and Toyota Yaris are now hybrid-only, but in a statement to Auto Express, Renault said that the pure-petrol Clio has returned “in order to meet the needs of some customers in a difficult economic climate."

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The entry-level Clio TCe 90 starts from just £17,795 and uses Renault’s familiar turbocharged 1.0-litre three-cylinder petrol engine that it shares with its distant cousin, the Dacia Sandero. In the Clio, the three-pot motor comes paired with a six-speed manual gearbox, emits between 118 to 120g/km of CO2 and can average up to 54.3mpg on the WLTP combined cycle.

The full-hybrid Clio E-Tech is now cheaper than it was pre-facelift, but still costs £3,500 more than the equivalent pure-petrol model. In return, you get the ability to drive around on electric power, plus fuel economy is improved and CO2 emissions reduced. 

Renault claims the Clio E-Tech will return up to 67.3mpg and emits 96-97g/km of CO2. We couldn’t match that figure when we tested the hybrid supermini on UK roads, although we did manage to average 55.2mpg on a journey that included towns, motorways and a couple of spirited blasts on back roads.

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As this is just a full-hybrid, not a plug-in hybrid, the Clio E-Tech doesn’t have an official electric driving range. Its 1.2kWh battery allows for low-speed electric-only running, but Renault maintains you could spend 80 per cent of your time driving on battery power when in town.

If you’ve got your eye on a second hand Clio, then there are few more engine options. Among them is the 1.5-litre Blue dCi 85 diesel that was axed in 2021, and was capable of 67.2mpg on the combined cycle, with emissions of 109g/km. Like all Clio engines, the diesel was fitted with a stop/start system as standard. Other options included the non-turbocharged SCe 75/SCe 65, which both used five-speed manual gearboxes, and the auto-only TCe 130.

Insurance groups

The facelifted Renault Clio sits in insurance groups 10-15 (out of 50), depending on the engine and trim level you go with. For context, the Skoda Fabia lands in groups 4-20, while the Honda Jazz starts from group 19.

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Depreciation

Our experts predict that the new Renault Clio range will retain between 51 and 53 per cent of its value after three years and 36,000 miles. The Toyota Yaris is expected to hold onto roughly the same amount of its list price, while the Skoda Fabia is projected to retain 44-50 per cent.

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Which Is Best

Cheapest

  • Name
    1.0 SCe 75 Play 5dr
  • Gearbox type
    Manual
  • Price
    £15,020

Most Economical

  • Name
    1.6 E-TECH Hybrid 140 Play 5dr Auto
  • Gearbox type
    Auto
  • Price
    £19,770

Fastest

  • Name
    1.0 TCe 100 Play 5dr Auto
  • Gearbox type
    Semi-auto
  • Price
    £17,180
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