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Overall verdict

The Top Gear car review: Renault Clio 200 Renaultsport

Overall verdict
Softer and a little disappointing: the new RS isn’t what it was. Still fun, but we hoped for more…


Acceleration, interior design, well damped chassis, balance


Too many doors, slow gearbox, less excitment


What is it?

Let’s recap the previous RS, shall we? It felt like a little touring car and locked you into its bucket seats. It had bespoke bodywork with flared arches and no more doors than strictly necessary for a hot hatchback. And it clung to the top of every gear and squeezed every rpm from its – naturally aspirated – 2.0-litre engine. And this new one? Its 1.6-litre petrol engine is turbocharged. It has paddle shifters, with no manual gearbox option. And five mandatory doors. In other words, Renault’s previously hardcore hatch has mellowed somewhat, in search of a broader audience. Oh dear.

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 90 ECO Expression+ 5dr
11.8s 99g/km 65.7 90 £13,870
The greenest
0.9 TCE 90 ECO Expression+ 5dr
11.8s 99g/km 65.7 90 £13,870