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The Top Gear car review:Renault Clio

Overall verdict
Cheery and characterful, the new Clio is a genuinely appealing supermini.


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


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


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
Renaultsport 220 Trophy
6.6s 135g/km 47.9 217 £21,595
The cheapest
0.9 TCE 75 Play 5dr
12.3s 113g/km 56.5 76 £13,395
The greenest
1.5 dCi 90 ECO Play 5dr
12.0s 82g/km 88.3 90 £16,070
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