The new Clio is smaller outside yet bigger inside, with a lighter body, and Renault says it has been developed along three lines: evolutionary exterior design, revolutionary interior design and innovative technology.
Across its four previous generations, the Clio has become Renault’s bestselling model. Unusually, the Clio 4 increased its sales every year from 2012 to 2018 to become the second-bestselling car in Europe, largely thanks, Renault thinks, to its design.
“The top reason buyers give for choosing Clio is always design,” said Vincent Dubroca, the Clio’s product manager. “Way more than in other market segments, but also against its direct competitors.”
Senior vice president of design Laurens van den Acker, whose first Renault was the fourth-generation Clio, said: “When I arrived at Renault, it [the Clio] was looking for its soul. This time, we have so much to build on it would be a shame to throw it away.”