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Renault Clio review - Practicality, comfort and boot space

It’s not quite the most practical car in its class, but the Renault Clio still offers plenty of space

The latest Renault Clio’s revised underpinnings have allowed for some improvements in cabin space over its predecessor. All models are five-door only but retain a sportier three-door look thanks to expertly disguised rear door handles tucked into the C-pillars.

Inside and up front, the driver is greeted by a great driving position and comfortable seats; they don’t sit particularly low but there’s a wide range of adjustment, especially in the steering wheel.

It’s easy to get comfortable with the gear lever and all major controls easily reachable – ergonomics are a strong point, with three simple knobs for the heating controls and simply found buttons for other functions. Even the touchscreen is close enough that you don’t need to stretch to access its menus. All-round visibility is good, but the rear window is a little small if we’re being picky.

There are some small niggles – there’s not much room between the centre console and the clutch pedal so those with bigger feet will have to tuck underneath to reach the footrest. And at some angles, low sunlight can reflect slightly on that central screen.

Renault has designed the Clio’s interior with a few cubbies, including a small one under the adjustable centre armrest and two generously sized door bins front and rear.

Size

The Renault Clio measures in at 4,050mm in length, 1,798mm wide and 1,440mm tall. Helpfully, Renault also supplies a measurement for the height of the open boot hatch – 1,979mm. The Clio is marginally shorter than a Ford Fiesta or SEAT Ibiza but is a little wider than each.

Leg room, head room & passenger space

Improved packaging means there’s more room inside the Clio than before. Passenger space in the rear is roughly on par with that of the Ford Fiesta but can’t match that of the larger SEAT Ibiza and Volkswagen Polo, two of the largest cars in this class.

Access to the rear seats is comparable to that of most rivals but those regularly fitting child seats may be better off with a larger option. ISOfix points feature on the outer two rear seats.

Boot

At 391 litres the boot is bigger than that of the Fiesta and Ibiza, and even exceeds that of the much larger Mk8 Volkswagen Golf. Fold down the rear seats and there’s an impressive 1,069 litres on offer.

The boot gets much of its volume thanks to its deep floor, yet the boot opening is wide and has a relatively low lip - two factors that should make loading heavier items easier. The E-TECH Hybrid model has a reduced boot space of 301 litres.

Towing

The majority of Clio models are rated to tow a 900kg braked trailer, or 55 to 630kg unbraked depending on engine and gearbox combination. There’s no factory tow bar option, however.

Which Is Best

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  • Name
    1.0 SCe 75 Play 5dr
  • Gearbox type
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Most Economical

  • Name
    1.0 TCe 100 RS Line Bose Edition 5dr
  • Gearbox type
    Manual
  • Price
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  • Name
    1.3 TCe 130 RS Line 5dr EDC
  • Gearbox type
    Semi-auto
  • Price
    £20,480

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