Parkers overall rating: 4.4 out of 5 4.4

Verdict Should you buy a Renault Clio?

The Renault Clio is an excellent car that comes highly recommended. It drives well and is available with a good choice of engines and gearboxes. We’d opt for the TCe 100 petrol manual as a great all-rounder, but the E-Tech hybrid shows real promise and excellent fuel-saving potential for city dwellers.

The Clio isn’t the most thrilling car to drive, nor is it the most comfortable. Instead, it strikes a great middle ground between sporting and relaxing – or, if you like, between the Ford Fiesta and the Volkswagen Polo. The Clio’s interior is one of the best in the class, with a great design, good levels of technology and really pleasant materials used throughout. It certainly sets a template for the next generations of supermini – plenty of rivals will have a long way to go to beat this.

It's refined, good to drive, economical and spacious. But more than that it's a great-looking small car that's perfect for those who live and drive in the city, as well as those who need to travel further afield. We'd like a little more rear passenger room, and would happily sacrifice some boot space to make that happen – but otherwise, the Renault Clio has all the makings of a great supermini. Depending on your priorities, we reckon it should be at the top of your shopping list, especially when cost comes into consideration.

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