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7/10
Overall verdict

The Top Gear car review:Renault Clio

£11,860£22,240
7/10
Overall verdict
Cheery and characterful, the new Clio is a genuinely appealing supermini.
 

For: 

Real transformation over the old car that’s now a match for the Fiesta

Against: 

A bit harder to get in and see out of, plastics can't match a Polo

Overview

What is it?

Renault appears to have at last remembered why people buy its small cars: their styling. The new Clio 4 is thus as fresh and interesting as the old one was forgettable and dreary. The firm’s known this for a while, which is why it bought in new designer Laurens van den Acker to overhaul its styling department – the Clio 4 is the first car he’s designed from scratch.

Look closely, too. Spot the rear doors? Thought not: they’ve been cleverly disguised, so much so that Renault is only selling the Clio 4 in five-door guise. With its low roof line, sculpted tail and shallow side glass, the firm is hoping styling indeed sells – but it’s thrown new engines and new interior features at it too, so the substance is also there.

Highlights from the range

Title 0–62 CO2 MPG BHP Price
The fastest
1.6T 16V Renaultsport Trophy Nav 220 5dr Auto
6.6s 135g/km 47.9 220 £22,240
The cheapest
1.2 16V Expression 5dr
14.5s 127g/km 50.4 75 £11,860
The greenest
1.5 dCi 90 ECO Dynamique Nav 5dr
12.0s 82g/km 88.3 90 £16,610
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