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Parkers overall rating: 4.1 out of 5 4.1
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Running costs

4 out of 5 4.0
  • Lower-powered diesel the cheapest to run
  • TCe 90 Eco petrol not far behind, though
  • Renaultsport models will cost more

Small hatchbacks and low running costs usually go hand-in-hand and so it is with the Renault Clio where efficiency is at the heart of its ethos.

Sipping fuel at the slowest rate are the Clios powered by the Energy dCi 90 Eco diesel, with an official claim of 88.3mpg and CO2 emissions of 82g/km.

Don’t cover the kind of mileage for a diesel to make economic sense? No problem: the Energy TCe 90 Eco petrol model claims an average of 67.3mpg with CO2 emissions of 94g/km.

Most expensive to run? No surprise that it’s the quickest Clio – the Renaultsport 220 Trophy. Everything’s relative, though, as its claims of 47.9mpg and emissions of 135g/km of CO2 testify.

Servicing should be relatively inexpensive too, as should consumables like tyres, although again the Renaultsport versions will inevitably cost more.

Estimated fuel cost per year

Fuel type Pence per litre Estimated cost per year *
Unleaded 109p £740 - £1,054 *
Diesel 107p £553 - £640 *

* The estimated fuel cost figure is based on an annual mileage of 10,000 miles and is a guide to how much this model will cost in fuel each year. It's calculated using the model's average MPG (calculated from both town centre and motorway driving) and the average fuel price from around the country. Actual fuel costs will vary based on driving style and road conditions. Fuel prices are updated daily.

Ongoing running costs

Servicing period Every 12 months or 18,000 miles, whichever is sooner.
Warranty Four years or 100,000 miles, whichever is sooner.
Road tax (12 months) £0 - £140
See tax rates for all versions
Insurance group 3 - 28
How much is it to insure?

Vehicle excise duty (VED) varies according to the CO2 emissions and the fuel type of the vehicle. For cars registered before 01 March 2001 it is based on engine size. For cars registered on or after 01 March 2001 the VED or road tax is based on the car's CO2 emissions.

Green credentials

4 out of 5 4.0

All diesel-engined Renault Clios fall under the 100g/km of CO2 emissions threshold, while one of the petrol-powered models does, too.

Lowest of the supermini range is the Energy dCi 90 Eco with an exhaust output of just 82g/km, although the best of the petrols – the Energy TCe 90 Eco – isn’t far behind at 94g/km.

Whichever Renaultsport Clio you opt for, both are equal last for CO2 emissions at 135g/km, although compared with larger cars, this remains a low figure overall.

Highest and lowest CO2 emissions

Engine CO2 emissions Road tax (12 months)
1.5 dCi (90bhp) Diesel 82 g/km (Min) £0
1.6 TCE (220ps) Petrol 135 g/km (Max) £135 - £140

Reliability

3.8 out of 5 3.8
  • Reliable mechanical components
  • Some concerns about reliability remain
  • Robust construction on the whole

While the French marque’s reputation for reliability is improving, the Renault Clio has suffered a few maladies in recent years. These are early production issues, which now it’s in mid-life, have largely been ironed out.

According to the vehicle inspectorate DVSA, this-generation Clio’s been subjected to five official recalls in its life-cycle for potential brake failure, possible wheel detachment and a loose rear spoiler.

Mechanically there’s little that’s new with the Clio, with many engines and transmissions not only shared with other Renaults, but Dacias, Nissans and Mercedes-Benzes, too.

Clios feel well-assembled and the switchgear doesn’t feel fragile like it did on earlier generations of the car.

Car checklist problem points

Body None reported as yet
Engine / gearbox None reported as yet
Other None reported as yet

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