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2020 Renault Clio Review

CAR SIZE: sub-compact
BODY TYPE: Hatchback
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Nearly three decades ago, the B-segment of the European market was enriched with the launch of the Clio, Renault’s weapon of choice for the at the time booming segment.

Since its introduction, only four generations have passed, complete with their corresponding facelifts, but the Clio quickly rose to become Renault’s best-selling model: over 15 million such cars were chosen since by customers across the world.

In March 2019, at the Geneva Motor Show, Renault showed the fifth generation of the Clio, a model built on an entirely new platform, boasting 85 percent new parts and, at the same time, a nod to past generations.

1Exterior design & features

The 2020 Renault Clio is the first model to be built on the CMF-B modular platform that will be shared by cars across the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi alliance. Its use makes the new Clio 12 mm shorter and 8 mm lower than before for improved handling and aerodynamics.

The new Clio is 4,050 mm long, 1,798 mm wide and 1,440 high and has been designed according to the Evolution and Revolution design philosophy of the French. That means “more mature body styling” and “more sculpted lines.”

The upgrades compared to the previous version start at the front, where the design changes are visible in the lines of the front bumper, the completely redesigned headlamps, and the more sculpted hood.

From the side, the old and new generations don’t look all that different, but that changes at the back, where a wider hatch is used on the new Clio, accompanied by a new bumper, restyled taillights and reshaped rear window.

2Interior design, features
and passenger space

Having designed the new Clio on an entirely new platform also meant completely revamping the interior of the hatch.

Built around a so-called Smart Cockpit, the interior is dominated by two-tone materials, the infotainment screen mounted high up in the center of the dashboard and an elevated position for the gear shift lever.

As said, the new Clio is a tad shorter than the outgoing generation, but that doesn’t mean there’s less space on the inside, be it for passengers or cargo.

Renault says the interior of the new Clio offers 26 liters of storage in the various spaces hidden inside the cabin and a total of 391 liters of space in the trunk for luggage.

3Gadgets

The 2020 Renault Clio will be made available with the carmaker’s EASY LINK multimedia platform that will use one of three available user interfaces: a 7-inch screen, a 7-inch screen with built-in navigation and the 9.3-inch screen with built-in navigation.

Renault’s Clio will be capable of receiving automatic updates and will make full use of navigation services provided by TomTom. Some of the car’s features will be controlled via the MY Renault app.

For those with a taste for loud music during trips, the Clio will play back the tunes via a Bose audio system.

4Performance

Because it designed the 2020 Clio as an entirely new car, the French have also come up with new engines to power it, both gasoline and diesel. Additionally, a hybridized variant will also be offered.

The gasoline engine lineup starts with the 1.0 Sce three-cylinder mated to a 5-speed manual transmission and capable of two power outputs, 65 and 75 hp, respectively,

In the middle sits another three-cylinder powerplant, a 1.0 Tce that develops 100 hp and 160 Nm of torque, 10 hp and 20 Nm more than the TCe 90 engine it replaces.

At the top of the range, the 1.3 TCe GPF replaces the TCe 120 and offers 130 hp and 240 Nm when paired to a 7-speed EDC automatic gearbox.

For diesel fans, Renault will offer only one engine in two different power ranges. The 1.5 Blue dCi develops either 85 hp and 220 Nm of torque or 115 hp and 260 Nm of torque when equipped with a 6-speed transmission.

The hybrid offering in the Clio range comes in the form of the E-Tech, a system that combines a 1.6-liter gasoline engine with a multi-mode gearbox and a 1.2 kWh battery. This car is supposed to provide “a gain of up to 40% in fuel consumption compared with a conventional internal-combustion petrol engine in an urban cycle,” and at 140 hp is the most powerful in the new generation.

5Safety

The safety systems fitted inside the new Clio are perhaps the most comprehensive to date and have been made possible by the use of the CMF-B modular platform. The platform uses high elastic limit steel and structural adhesive that is supposed to increase the car’s resistance to both impact and wear and tear.

Occupants inside the new Clio are protected in case of a crash by driver airbag, high-volume curtain airbags, safety belt pre-tensioners with load limiters, and Isofix attachments compliant with the new iSize standard.

As a first for the range, Renault deployed an emergency braking system complete with pedestrian and cyclist detection.

The new Clio is rated as a Level 2 automated car, being equipped with Highway & Traffic Jam companion, adaptive cruise control with stop and go, cruise control with speed limiter, blind spot, lane departure warning systems and traffic sign recognition.

6Conclusion

The launch of the new Clio comes at the time when the French are trying to reposition themselves following the arrest of their former leader, Carlos Ghosn.

The new model has very big shoes to fill, as over the years the Clio has established itself as the leader of the B-segment in Europe (since 2013) and the most popular car in the home market, France.

At first glance, the new Clio seems to have succeeded in carrying over most of the success traits of its predecessors, and at the same time add new technologies for the modern age; that essentially means Renault built itself another successful product to continue the upward sales trend registered in the past few years by the nameplate.