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Renault CLIO HATCHBACK 1.6 E-TECH Hybrid 140 S Edition 5dr Auto [Bose]

Renault CLIO 1.6 E-TECH Hybrid 140 S Edition 5dr Auto [Bose]
Renault CLIO 1.6 E-TECH Hybrid 140 S Edition 5dr Auto [Bose]
Renault CLIO 1.6 E-TECH Hybrid 140 S Edition 5dr Auto [Bose]
Renault CLIO 1.6 E-TECH Hybrid 140 S Edition 5dr Auto [Bose]
Renault CLIO 1.6 E-TECH Hybrid 140 S Edition 5dr Auto [Bose]
Renault CLIO 1.6 E-TECH Hybrid 140 S Edition 5dr Auto [Bose]
Renault CLIO 1.6 E-TECH Hybrid 140 S Edition 5dr Auto [Bose]
Renault CLIO 1.6 E-TECH Hybrid 140 S Edition 5dr Auto [Bose]
Renault CLIO 1.6 E-TECH Hybrid 140 S Edition 5dr Auto [Bose]
Renault CLIO 1.6 E-TECH Hybrid 140 S Edition 5dr Auto [Bose]
Renault CLIO 1.6 E-TECH Hybrid 140 S Edition 5dr Auto [Bose]
Renault CLIO 1.6 E-TECH Hybrid 140 S Edition 5dr Auto [Bose]
Renault CLIO 1.6 E-TECH Hybrid 140 S Edition 5dr Auto [Bose]
Renault CLIO 1.6 E-TECH Hybrid 140 S Edition 5dr Auto [Bose]
Renault CLIO 1.6 E-TECH Hybrid 140 S Edition 5dr Auto [Bose]
Renault CLIO 1.6 E-TECH Hybrid 140 S Edition 5dr Auto [Bose]
Renault CLIO 1.6 E-TECH Hybrid 140 S Edition 5dr Auto [Bose]
Renault CLIO 1.6 E-TECH Hybrid 140 S Edition 5dr Auto [Bose]
Renault CLIO 1.6 E-TECH Hybrid 140 S Edition 5dr Auto [Bose]
Renault CLIO 1.6 E-TECH Hybrid 140 S Edition 5dr Auto [Bose]
Renault CLIO 1.6 E-TECH Hybrid 140 S Edition 5dr Auto [Bose]
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Renault CLIO 1.6 E-TECH Hybrid 140 S Edition 5dr Auto [Bose]
Renault CLIO 1.6 E-TECH Hybrid 140 S Edition 5dr Auto [Bose]
Renault CLIO 1.6 E-TECH Hybrid 140 S Edition 5dr Auto [Bose]
Renault CLIO 1.6 E-TECH Hybrid 140 S Edition 5dr Auto [Bose]
Renault CLIO 1.6 E-TECH Hybrid 140 S Edition 5dr Auto [Bose]
Renault CLIO 1.6 E-TECH Hybrid 140 S Edition 5dr Auto [Bose]
Renault CLIO 1.6 E-TECH Hybrid 140 S Edition 5dr Auto [Bose]
Renault CLIO 1.6 E-TECH Hybrid 140 S Edition 5dr Auto [Bose]
Renault CLIO 1.6 E-TECH Hybrid 140 S Edition 5dr Auto [Bose]
Renault CLIO 1.6 E-TECH Hybrid 140 S Edition 5dr Auto [Bose]
Renault CLIO 1.6 E-TECH Hybrid 140 S Edition 5dr Auto [Bose]
Renault CLIO 1.6 E-TECH Hybrid 140 S Edition 5dr Auto [Bose]
Renault CLIO 1.6 E-TECH Hybrid 140 S Edition 5dr Auto [Bose]
Renault CLIO 1.6 E-TECH Hybrid 140 S Edition 5dr Auto [Bose]
Renault CLIO 1.6 E-TECH Hybrid 140 S Edition 5dr Auto [Bose]
Renault CLIO 1.6 E-TECH Hybrid 140 S Edition 5dr Auto [Bose]
Renault CLIO 1.6 E-TECH Hybrid 140 S Edition 5dr Auto [Bose]
Renault CLIO 1.6 E-TECH Hybrid 140 S Edition 5dr Auto [Bose]
Renault CLIO 1.6 E-TECH Hybrid 140 S Edition 5dr Auto [Bose]
Renault CLIO 1.6 E-TECH Hybrid 140 S Edition 5dr Auto [Bose]
Renault CLIO 1.6 E-TECH Hybrid 140 S Edition 5dr Auto [Bose]

Key Info Compare

  • FuelHybrid
  • TransmissionAutomatic
  • MPG64.20
  • 0-62mph9.9 secs
  • Top Speed112 mph
  • C0283 g/km
  • BHP140
  • Torque106 lbs/f
  • P11D22%

Review

Until now, hybrid technology has usually been decreed too pricey for the supermini segment but Renault has attempted to democratise it with this car, the Clio Hybrid. It's a little pricier than an ordinary Clio but the French brand hopes you'll be impressed by the key WLTP figures here - 64.2mpg on the combined cycle and 98g/km of CO2, plus there's an 'EV' option that gives limited all-electric driving range.

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Renault joins Toyota in offering supermini buyers a self-charging full-Hybrid engine. Jonathan Crouch checks out the Clio Hybrid.

Background

This is where it starts getting interesting. Europe now has the world's strictest emission regulations, requiring a 95g/km across-the-board range average for small cars which it simply isn't possible for a manufacturer to meet without electrifying a large number of its engines. Prior to 2020, all that was available in that regard in the small car market was the Toyota Yaris self-charging Hybrid and a handful of EV models that hardly anyone bought. That's got to change - and it's going to. An obvious route to driving down your brand's supermini emissions average is to churn out full battery versions - which is why Peugeot has launched its e-208, Vauxhall has the Corsa-e and Renault sells its ZOE. But these cars are getting on for £30,000 in a market that expects to buy a small car for way less than that. So other solutions must be found, like this, the Clio Hybrid.

Driving Experience

Unlike the plug-in E-TECH engine that Renault uses in the Captur and the Megane, this isn't a plug-in powerplant: Renault reckons that would make this particular Clio too pricey. Instead, it's a 'self-charging' full-Hybrid unit like that in, say, a Toyota Yaris (so it can, for very short periods, run independently on full-electric power, unlike the mild hybrid engines you'll find in segment rivals like the Ford Fiesta and the Kia Rio). Renault makes much of the way the design of this car's engine borrows from its F1 racing technology. Like the racing powerplant, this one is extremely compact and features two electric motors, one with 36kW on the rear of the gearbox and one with 15kW on top of the transmission, along with a four-cylinder 1.6-litre 140hp normally aspirated petrol engine. The gearbox is an auto of course and the motor is powered by 1.2 kWh lithium-ion battery pack located beneath the boot floor. The rest of the drivetrain has somehow been shoehorned beneath the bonnet. There's plenty of mid-range pulling power - the petrol engine musters 144Nm of it, whilst the electric motor generates 205Nm and the HSG (High-Voltage Starter Generator) delivers an addition 50Nm. The result is excellent acceleration - especially at speeds of between 50mph to 75mph where the battery assists with sharper responses than a conventional petrol or diesel engine, enabling a 50mph to 75mph time of just 6.9 seconds. But efficiency is this car's primary purpose and Renault claims that a Clio Hybrid will be able to travel for 80 per cent of urban journeys on battery power alone. Plus the car is able to travel up to 38mph in all-electric mode.

Design and Build

Apart from the badge work, there are no visual differences to mark the Clio Hybrid out from standard variants in the range. Stylist Laurens van den Acker wanted this MK5 model Clio to be more expressive, while keeping the previous version's sleek profile. The body has been lowered by up to 30mm and big 17-inch wheels give top versions a more dynamic look. At the front, the bonnet incorporates ribs for a sculpted effect. The grille is bigger and the front bumper is more pronounced with a very expressive central air scoop. Full-LED headlights are now standard and the rear lights can feature a more distinctive C-Shape signature. The cabin is of high quality, with plush materials and a soft coating on the dashboard, the door panels and the central console surround. The instruments are quite driver-focused and there's one of the larger centre-dash infotainment screens in the segment, with two sizes available - 7.0-inches or (with navigation) 9.3-inches. Further up the range, there's another screen in the instrument binnacle, measuring 7-inches and replacing conventional dials. The seats on this Clio are much better than what you'd usually find in this segment in terms of comfort and support. They offer a longer seat base and a more enveloping shape. One advantage of going the self-charging hybrid route rather than opting for a PHEV plug-in hybrid is that the self-charging hybrid solution doesn't much compromise boot capacity. The space on offer ranges from 366-litres up to as much as 1054-litres, depending on the position of the rear bench.

Market and Model

Prices start at just under £20,000 and there's a choice of four main trim levels - 'Play', 'Iconic', 'S Edition' and 'R.S. Line'. In terms of the price premium over a conventionally-engined Clio, think about £3,600 more than a Clio TCe 100 petrol and around £1,700 more than a Clio dCi 85 diesel. Equipment levels are reasonably generous. Even the base model gets air-conditioning, cruise control with a speed limiter, power-folding mirrors, full-LED auto headlamps and a multimedia system with Bluetooth, DAB and USB connection. Plus there are a range of Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) with lane departure warning, lane keep assist, autonomous emergency braking and traffic sign recognition. You'll probably want to stretch at least as far as mid-range 'Iconic'-spec, which gives you 16-inch diamond cut alloy wheels with black inserts, a 7-inch Easy Link touchscreen with sat-nav, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, a hands-free key card, rear parking sensors, front LED fog lights and tinted rear windows. The 'S Edition' adds 17-inch wheels, a 9.3-inch infotainment screen, front parking sensors, a rear view camera, climate control and a 7-inch TFT driver information display. 'R.S.-Line'-spec gets you a body kit, sportier wheels and sporty cabin touches.

Cost of Ownership

The key figures here are some way off what you might expect for a pricier Plug-in hybrid but, Renault reckons (and we concur) that they're more realistic than a PHEV model's claimed readings would be. The WLTP figure for combined cycle fuel economy is 64.2mpg and we reckon around 50mpg should be regularly achievable without too much trouble. The WLTP CO2 reading is 98g/km. There's a 22% BiK taxation rating, which is much better than you'd find with a conventional petrol or diesel-engined supermini.

Summary

It's going to be interesting to see how the Clio Hybrid sells in comparison to the brand's full-electric ZOE model. Right here, right now, we can't help thinking that this Clio's electrified solution might be the better option for the majority of ordinary customers. With the short commuting and school run mileage supermini buyers tend to cover, most of them might rarely need to use the engine anyway. The elephant in the room here though is up-front price, as usual with a Hybrid. Renault has done what it can to make this car affordable but we venture to suggest that £20,000-£22,000 will still be a little more than you might have expected to spend on your next supermini. Even one with F1 technology and 60mpg economy? If that's enough to make you dig a little deeper into your budget, we think you'll be intrigued by what you'll find here.

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Exterior Features
Chrome front grille strips
Solid paint
Automatic headlights + automatic windscreen wipers
Black headlamp surrounds
Body colour door handles
Body colour door mirrors
Body coloured bumpers
Body coloured rear spoiler
Chrome boot lid finisher
Chrome insert on lower side doors with Clio embossing
Drivers one touch window with anti-pinch feature
Electric adjustable/heated/folding door mirrors
Electric front windows
Electric rear windows
Exterior rear hidden door handles
Extra tinted glass on rear windows + tailgate
Full LED front and rear headlamps intergrating daytime running lights at the front and rear
LED front fog lights
Rear fog lights
Rear wiper
Variable speed on front windscreen wipers
Wheels
17" Viva stella diamond cut grey alloy wheels
Tyre inflation kit
Driver Convenience
7" TFT colour instrumental display
Cruise control + speed limiter
E-call
Easy link 9.3" screen with nav, 4x20W amp, DAB double tuner, 2xUSB, 1xJack/Bluetooth, and smartphone integration plus - Apple CarPlay/Android Auto
Eco mode
Gear change indicator
Lane departure warning system
Lane keep assist
Over speed prevention
Rear parking sensors
Traffic sign recognition
Trip computer
Variable assistance electric PAS
Entertainment
Bose premium 9 speaker audio system
Sound auditorium
Interior Features
12V Accessory socket
3 rear height adjustable headrests
3D Fabric velvet upholstery
6.2L front glovebox
60/40 split rear seats
Air recirculation control
Auto climate control
Dark interior roof lining
Driver's seat height adjustment
Front cupholders
Front door storage bin
Height adjustable front headrests
Height/reach adjust steering wheel
Isofix system on outer rear seats
Leather steering wheel
Multi function steering wheel
Pollen filter
System for Restraint and Protection SRP-front seats
Vision grey interior detail includes light grey on doors, lower part of dash and gear stick
Packs
Exterior chrome pack - Clio
Parking Pack - Clio
Safety
3 point seatbelts on all rear seats
ABS+EBD+Brake assist
Automatic emergency braking system
Curtain airbags
Distance warning alert
Driver and passenger front and side airbag deactivation
Driver/Front Passenger airbags
ESC - Electronic Stability Control + traction control
Front side airbags(head+thorax)
Height adjustable driver's seatbelt
Hill start assist
Seatbelt warning
Tyre pressure warning
Security
Automatic door locking
Central door locking
Child lock control of rear doors and windows
Deadlocking system
Hands free key card with push button, start and stop function
Locking fuel filler cap
RAID (Renault Anti-Intruder Device) with automatic door locking
Remote central locking
Thatcham Cat 2 engine immobiliser
Electric Vehicle Data
Battery Capacity in kWh 1.2
Battery Type Lithium-ion
Emissions - ICE
CO2 (g/km) 83
Standard Euro Emissions EURO 6
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb 99
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Max 100
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Min 99
Engine and Drive Train
Camshaft DOHC
Catalytic Convertor Yes
CC 1598
Cylinder Layout IN-LINE
Cylinders 4
Cylinders - Bore (mm) 78
Cylinders - Stroke (mm) 83.6
Engine Layout FRONT TRANSVERSE
Fuel Delivery TURBO INJECTION
Gears 6 SPEED
Number of Valves 16
Transmission SEMI-AUTO
Fuel Consumption - ICE
EC Combined (mpg) 64.2
EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies No
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb 4.4
WLTP - MPG - Comb 64.2
General
Alternative Fuel Qualifying Yes
Badge Engine CC 1.6
Badge Power 140
Coin Description E-TECH Hybrid 140
Coin Series S Edition [Bose]
Generation Mark 4
Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07 12E
Manufacturers Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years 12
Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years 3
NCAP Adult Occupant Protection % 96
NCAP Child Occupant Protection % 89
NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09 5
NCAP Pedestrian Protection % 72
NCAP Safety Assist % 75
Did at least one aspect of this vehicle's safety give cause for concern? No
Special Edition No
Special Order No
Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage 100000
Standard manufacturers warranty - Years 5
Vehicle Homologation Class M1
Performance
0 to 62 mph (secs) 9.9
Engine Power - BHP 140
Engine Power - KW 103
Engine Power - RPM 5600
Engine Torque - LBS.FT 106
Engine Torque - MKG 14.7
Engine Torque - NM 144
Engine Torque - RPM 3200
Top Speed 112
Test Cycles
Emissions Test Cycle WLTP
Tyres
Alloys? Yes
Space Saver? No
Tyre Size Front 205/45 R17
Tyre Size Rear 205/45 R17
Tyre Size Spare TYRE REPAIR KIT
Wheel Style VIVASTELLA
Wheel Type 17" ALLOY
Vehicle Dimensions
Height 1440
Length 4047
Wheelbase 2583
Width 1728
Width (including mirrors) 1988
Weight and Capacities
Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres) 39
Gross Vehicle Weight 1758
Luggage Capacity (Seats Down) 1146
Luggage Capacity (Seats Up) 300
Max. Loading Weight 435
Max. Towing Weight - Braked 900
Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked 555
Minimum Kerbweight 1323
No. of Seats 5
Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb 10.4

Deals

Term Annual Mileage Monthly Payment Maintenance
24 months 8,000 miles p/a £296.88 p/m £16.83 p/m
24 months 10,000 miles p/a £305.32 p/m £19.86 p/m
24 months 15,000 miles p/a £324.99 p/m £24.86 p/m
24 months 20,000 miles p/a £344.67 p/m £39.65 p/m
24 months 25,000 miles p/a £361.56 p/m £48.27 p/m
24 months 30,000 miles p/a £378.46 p/m £63.10 p/m
36 months 8,000 miles p/a £247.06 p/m £16.69 p/m
36 months 10,000 miles p/a £255.32 p/m £18.52 p/m
36 months 15,000 miles p/a £276.24 p/m £28.62 p/m
36 months 20,000 miles p/a £293.76 p/m £40.96 p/m
36 months 25,000 miles p/a £310.30 p/m £58.25 p/m
36 months 30,000 miles p/a £323.96 p/m £67.35 p/m
48 months 8,000 miles p/a £225.38 p/m £26.63 p/m
48 months 10,000 miles p/a £233.47 p/m £28.20 p/m
48 months 15,000 miles p/a £250.40 p/m £38.80 p/m
48 months 20,000 miles p/a £266.58 p/m £55.03 p/m
48 months 25,000 miles p/a £279.09 p/m £68.82 p/m
48 months 30,000 miles p/a £291.65 p/m £83.33 p/m
24 months 8,000 miles p/a £356.26 p/m £20.19 p/m
24 months 10,000 miles p/a £363.04 p/m £20.35 p/m
24 months 15,000 miles p/a £389.99 p/m £29.83 p/m
24 months 20,000 miles p/a £404.63 p/m £48.90 p/m
24 months 25,000 miles p/a £433.87 p/m £57.92 p/m
24 months 30,000 miles p/a £441.12 p/m £72.14 p/m
36 months 8,000 miles p/a £296.47 p/m £20.03 p/m
36 months 10,000 miles p/a £277.12 p/m £27.94 p/m
36 months 15,000 miles p/a £331.49 p/m £34.34 p/m
36 months 20,000 miles p/a £319.09 p/m £58.93 p/m
36 months 25,000 miles p/a £372.36 p/m £69.90 p/m
36 months 30,000 miles p/a £356.88 p/m £96.25 p/m
48 months 8,000 miles p/a £270.45 p/m £31.96 p/m
48 months 10,000 miles p/a £256.08 p/m £38.24 p/m
48 months 15,000 miles p/a £300.48 p/m £46.56 p/m
48 months 20,000 miles p/a £292.85 p/m £70.13 p/m
48 months 25,000 miles p/a £334.91 p/m £82.58 p/m
48 months 30,000 miles p/a £349.98 p/m £100.00 p/m
* Prices shown based on 6 month initial payment.
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Selected Options
Optional Extras
Exterior Features
Metallic paint £560.00
Renault ID paint £660.00
Packs
Exterior colour touch Black - Clio £150.00
Exterior colour touch Orange - Clio £150.00
Exterior colour touch Red - Clio £150.00
Interior colour pack Orange - Clio £150.00
Interior colour pack Red - Clio £150.00
Paintwork
Metallic - Diamond black £560.00
Metallic - Mercury £560.00
Metallic - Titanium grey £560.00
Metallic - Urban grey £560.00
Renault ID - Blue celadon £660.00
Renault ID - Flame red £660.00
Renault ID - Iron blue £660.00
Renault ID - Orange valencia £660.00
Solid - Glacier white FOC
Trim
3D Fabric velvet upholstery - Black FOC
Wheels
17" Viva stella diamond cut black alloy wheels FOC
Spare wheel £200.00
* option prices shown are estimated