The new, fifth-generation Clio is Renault’s most advanced supermini to date, and it's now available to order in the UK from £14,295.
The Vauxhall Corsa rival is available in four trim levels, the cheapest of which, Play, comes equipped with air conditioning, DAB radio, intelligent speed-limiting software, 16in alloy wheels and advanced driver assistance systems as standard.
Iconic trim starts at £15,295, adding a 7.0in infotainment screen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, as well as keyless entry, rear parking sensors and tinted rear windows. The Clio S Edition receives electric rear windows, larger alloy wheels, climate control and automatic windscreen wipers and headlights. It's expected to cost from around £16,200, although prices haven't yet been confirmed.
Heading up the Clio range is RS Line trim, which takes styling influence from Renault Sport performance models such as the Mégane RS 280. RS Line Clios gain a wider, more aggressive front grille and a faux diffuser for the rear bumper. They also receive a larger exhaust and bespoke alloy wheels, while much of the chrome-effect exterior trim panels will be replaced with Renault Sport-specific gunmetal grey versions.
Standard features at this level include a rear-view camera, front parking sensors and 17in alloy wheels, while optional Luxury and Techno packages add items such as heated leather seats, wireless phone charging and a 360deg camera. RS Line cars also receive black and red interior trim accents throughout the cabin, including on the rear seats.
First customer deliveries are expected to take place at the end of October.
The Clio, which was announced earlier this year and made its debut at the 2019 Geneva motor show, is smaller outside yet roomier inside, with a lighter body built on the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance's CMF-B platform - Renault’s first car to use these underpinnings.
At 4048mm long, it is 14mm shorter than before, with a 6mm shorter wheelbase and a roof that’s up to 30mm lower. The body-in-white is 22kg lighter, with higher-strength steel for improved passive safety, plus an all-new electrical architecture for additional assistance systems.
The Clio can be equipped with a 75bhp 1.0-litre naturally aspirated petrol engine, as well as the 1.0-litre turbo already seen on the new Nissan Micra, with which it shares a platform. The turbo is available in 99bhp form with either a manual or CVT automatic gearbox, or as a 129bhp version available solely with a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic. A 1.5-litre diesel will follow with a choice of 84bhp or 114bhp.