The conservatism that defined Renault’s approach to updating the Clio’s exterior is totally absent from its stylishly revamped cabin. As far as overhauls go, this is an extensive one – and the results, for the most part, are very positive indeed.
On a purely aesthetic level, the new Clio’s interior is now easily one of the more modern and visually appealing in its class – and a decidedly minimal approach to design is a central part of this success. In particular, the clean horizontal lines of the air vents that flow across the dash top and the revamped centre stack with its tablet-style screen and minimal smattering of buttons both lend the interior a more mature and sophisticated air than its predecessor ever approached.
Higher-spec models make even greater play of this attractive new design language, courtesy of their more liberal use of colour and soft-touch plastics than our lower/midlevel test car had – particularly on the doors and dash top. By contrast, our Iconic test car had a more monochromatic seriousness about it but, in typically French fashion, it’s still leagues ahead of the likes of the Fiesta or outgoing Vauxhall Corsa for outright style.