Equipped with the 1.0-litre TCe engine and in well-equipped Iconic trim, our test car is likely to prove popular, and for good reason. At 99g/km, its CO2 emissions are very nearly a match for the diesel Clio’s; and although claimed average fuel economy sits on the far side of 50mpg, we averaged 46.0mpg during our time with the car and achieved a very creditable 56.9mpg on our touring economy run.
Iconic models get Renault’s new 7.0in Easy Link touchscreen infotainment system (but not the 9.3in unit, or the 7.0in TFT instrument display), parking sensors and various leather trim. For anybody downsizing from a familysized hatchback like a VW Golf, extras like these will make the new Clio that much more habitable.
There is also the fact that – barring the Clio 130 RS Line, which is priced so ambitiously you could buy the phenomenal Fiesta ST for less – the new Clio manages to undercut its direct rivals from VW, Peugeot and Ford on showroom price. If, on that basis, monthly finance deals aren’t also very competitive, you’ve a right to ask your dealer why.