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The same…but better

The formula has become very familiar – and very successful – over the last 30 years. But the temptation to mess with the Clio has surely never been greater, given the pace of change in technology and the move towards crossover styling. The new Mk5 is, cleverly, both entirely familiar and a thorough overhaul.

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Looks very familiar…

New platform, new engines and transmissions, massively upgraded cabin – that all amounts to a radical overhaul. But the styling is very familiar and so, crucially, is the way it drives; it’s the same, but better.

 

The inside line

Where the exterior styling has been only minimally changed, the interior is very different, and much better. The tape measure says it’s bigger in some directions, smaller in others. But the point is that clever design work makes better use of space.

The rear seats are lower, and the front seatbacks slimmer, and the headrests much less chunky, to give better sight lines. Up front, the steering wheel is smaller, and the plastic on the steering column is narrower – by just a few millimetres, but it makes a difference. The only time you notice a lack of room is when you’re buckling in or adjusting the seat – those sat in the rear, however, will find legroom at a premium, especially compared to rivals.

9.3″ TOUCHSCREEN DISPLAY

The standout feature up front is the central touchscreen that comes as standard on higher-spec Clios. It’s vertical, a good size at 9.3 inches, customisable and impressively clear. It’s extremely user-friendly; adjusting the volume on Iconic models require one too many presses, so stick with the controls on the steering column.

On-board intelligence

All-New CLIO has the most modern technologies, providing you with optimal safety.
1. Active Emergency Brake
2. Lane Keeping Assist
3. Traffic Sign Recognition
4. Blind Spot Warning*†
* Available in an option pack on R.S. Line

 

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RENAULT CLIO V
Engine: 999cc 12v turbo triple, 99bhp @ 5000rpm, 118lb ft @ 2750rpm
Transmission: 5-speed manual, front-wheel drive
Performance: 11.8sec 0-62mph, 116mph, 64.2mpg, 100g/km CO2
Weight / material: 1178kg, steel
Dimensions (length/width/height in mm): 4050/1798/1440mm
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