The Clio has been around since 1990 and 26 years since it was launched, Renault’s hatchback is still going strong. So strong that it helped pull the French carmaker out of the doldrums; the Eighties weren’t that great for the company – but since the Clio hit the scene, Renault has shifted 13 million of them the world over. And with an all-new sixth-generation coming in 2018 and based in part on the fetching Eolab concept, the Clio looks certain to go from strength to strength. For now, keeping it at the top of its game, is the new facelifted model.
It is without a doubt already one of the most stylish cars in its segment but the Ford Fiesta and Opel Corsa rival looks more seductive than ever and much of that is thanks to the revised front end which features full-LED Pure Vision headlights. The grille has been redesigned too (and the lower section has been widened) and the diamond logo sits proudly in the middle while around the back, the bumper has been reshaped. There are four new colours to select from (Intense Red, Titanium Grey, Pearlescent White and Iron Blue), not to mention an assortment of fresh wheel designs to go with a far more extensive personalisation programme.
As for the cabin, it gets materials that you would usually find in the high-end models from Renault such as the Megane; the chrome trim has a matte finish to make it look less blingy and there’s more soft-touch plastics to go with some new technical features. Customers can choose between three different connected multimedia systems (Media Nav Evolution, Renault R-Link Evolution and the new, smart R&Go system) and it also packs a Bose sound system. That’s not all; rear parking sensors, a reversing camera and Easy Park Assist are also available.
The engine range carries over however there's now the new option of a 1.5-litre diesel with 108bhp, while the existing TCe 120 petrol engine can be had with a six-speed manual.