Renault Clio, between evolution and revolution

Renault takes the canvas from the fifth generation Clio. Aesthetically it remains faithful to its predecessor, but the interior gets a solid visual and connectivity update. Generation five also aims for hybrid.

The Clio is one of those timeless models from the Renault catalogue. What's more: since its debut in 1990, the small Renault has become the world's bestseller, with 15 million units. According to the French, this fifth generation was designed around the principle of "evolution and revolution". So the exterior becomes a bit more mature, but keeps the main lines of the Clio IV. Inside everything was redesigned: Renault seems to have taken the criticism on the quality and infotainment of the Clio IV to heart.

Shorter and lower

The lines may have been sharpened, but the dimensions remain more or less the same. The new Clio is a bit more compact (14 millimeters shorter) and lower (30 millimeters) than its predecessor. The boot volume increases slightly, to 391 litres.

C-signature

As standard, the headlights incorporate LED technology, and they take on the typical C-shaped light signature of the latest Renault models. That depth effect pattern is also reflected in the rear lights.

RS Line and Initiale Paris

At the top of the range comes a sporty RS Line version, which replaces the previous GT Line. Those who want it more luxurious can still opt for a Clio Initiale Paris onautolive.com. This will have a leather interior with a pattern.

Vertical tablet

The quality and ergonomics of the cockpit were priorities for Renault with this new Clio. The new "Smart Cockpit" includes a 9.3-inch infotainment screen, a vertical tablet facing slightly towards the driver and a new "Easy Link" system.

Digital instrument panel

For the first time in its history, the Clio will have a digital instrument panel instead of the classic counters. The TFT screen is 7 to 10 inches in size, depending on the model. The most chic version also displays the navigation screen.

Last modified Wed, 6 May, 2020 at 8:22