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Car Review

Renault Clio review

£10,835 - £25,200
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Published: 13 Jan 2015
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Renault has rediscovered its form with a loveable car in a class that lacks them

Good stuff

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

Bad stuff

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.

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Our choice from the range

What's the verdict?

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

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