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Renault Clio Review, Colours, For Sale, Interior, Specs & News

"Even though it's one of the biggest carmakers in the world, Renault has struggled to find consistent sales success in the Australian market, and the Renault Clio is a good example. After several generations, including several well-regarded performance variants, the Clio became another victim of declining light car sales when it exited the Australian market in mid-2020.

The last iteration of the compact front-wheel drive Clio included a Formula Edition hatch starting at $12,870, while variants such as the Clio Intens were listed at $21,780. The Clio was offered locally with a 900cc three-cylinder turbo engine, a 1.2-litre four-cylinder engine and, in the performance-oriented RS200, a 1.6-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine. "

This vehicle is also known as Renault Lutecia (Japan).

Renault Clio Q&As

Check out real-world situations relating to the Renault Clio here, particularly what our experts have to say about them.

  • I'm looking to purchase a 2014 Renault Clio RS. Can you offer advice on this model?

    A: The whole dual-clutch transmission in the Clio RS is made by Getrag, so I’m not sure what the Renault dealer you contacted is talking about. Perhaps the actual clutch plates are made by one of Getrag’s suppliers, but fundamentally, this was a Getrag designed and built transmission. Renault Australia did, indeed, slice the warranty on its Sport models from five to three years effective May 1, 2018, and I agree that that would have sent alarm bells ringing for existing owners of these cars.

    What really sends shivers up the spine is that the six-speed DCT in the Clio Sport is closely related to the unit Ford used in its Fiestas and Focusses. And that transmission, known as the Powershift, was a total abomination, leaving Ford customers high and dry with broken gearboxes and Ford Australia with millions in fines and being labelled by the ACCC as conducting itself in an `unconscionable’ manner after Ford tried to blame owners for the failures. Eventually, Ford Australia was forced to offer owners of these vehicles a very sweet trade-in deal on the new model Focus and Fiesta, effectively buying back the appalling DCT-equipped models.

    One of the major causes of transmission failure was the dry-clutch engineering which saw the clutch-packs wear very prematurely. Renault Clio Sport transmission failures don’t seem as common as those in the similarly equipped Fords, but that’s possibly a simple matter of there being so few Clio Sports on the road here. Perhaps the Renault version of the transmission is built to a different level of quality and materials (the same transmission is built in factories in different parts of the world, so that’s possible) but we’d potentially be doing you a disservice by not highlighting the problems with this transmission. Some owners have reported trouble-free runs, but others have experienced gearbox faults and failures at low kilometres. It does seem a bit of a lucky-dip. For the record, Getrag’s wet-clutch seven-speed transmission was a markedly better unit, but that’s not what’s fitted to the car in question.

    If you do go through with the purchase, demand a full service history to prove that all the maintenance and factory software upgrades have been applied to the car and then take it for a proper test drive that includes urban and highway driving. If the transmission displays any shuddering when taking off, any slipping between gears, takes a long time to select each gear or switches to limp-home mode, there’s good cause to suspect a worn or faulty transmission.

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  • What is the durability and re-sale value of a used car?

    In terms of life expectancy and durability I would expect both to be about the same, but I would expect the Polo to have slightly better resale value than the Clio. Both are good cars, but I would choose the Renault because of its longer warranty.

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  • Renault Clio 2016: Dealership can't fix my car

    Renault has a clear responsibility to fix the problem, and has been trying to fix it, but so far hasn’t been able to. Request a meeting with your dealer’s service manager and go through the history of the problem and have them tell you what they will do to fix it. It’s sounds like they need the assistance of a technical expert from Renault head office. You need to get an agreement that the problem will be fixed, or Renault will come to the party with a satisfactory settlement. You could also go to the ACCC, or the state consumer department for assistance and advice.

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Renault Clio Models Price and Specs

The price range for the Renault Clio varies based on the trim level you choose. Starting at $12,870 and going to $21,780 for the latest year the model was manufactured. The model range is available in the following body types starting from the engine/transmission specs shown below.

Year Body Type Specs Price from Price to
2020 Hatchback 1.2L, PULP, 6 SP DUAL-CLUTCH AUTO $12,870 $21,780
2019 Hatchback 0.9L, PULP, 5 SP MAN $10,670 $26,510
2018 Hatchback 0.9L, PULP, 5 SP MAN $10,010 $28,710
2017 Hatchback 0.9L, ULP, 5 SP MAN $8,030 $25,630
2016 Hatchback 0.9L, ULP, 5 SP MAN $7,480 $23,760
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Renault Clio Colours

  • Diamond Black
  • Flame Red
  • Pearl White
  • Titanium Grey
  • Mercury
  • Glacier White
To confirm current colour availability, please check the manufacturer's website. Shown above are the colours for the Renault Clio 2019.

Renault Clio Interior

The Renault Clio has an interior that's suitably quirky. As these images show, its large dashboard is punctuated by a 'floating' centre stack that not omly houses its touchscreen multimedia system, air vents and climate controls, but is surrounded is gloss-black trim. Leather can be hand, of course, but it's not the best.

Shown above are interior details for the Renault Clio 2018.

Renault Clio Dimensions

The dimensions of the Renault Clio Hatchback vary according to year of manufacture and spec level.

Year Body Type Height x Width x Length Ground Clearance
2020 Hatchback 1448x1732x4063 mm 159 mm
2019 Hatchback 1448x1732x4063 mm 159 mm
2018 Hatchback 1448x1732x4063 mm 159 mm
2017 Hatchback 1448x1732x4063 mm 159 mm
2016 Hatchback 1448x1732x4063 mm 159 mm
The dimensions shown above are for the base model. See All Renault Clio Dimensions

Renault Clio Wheel Size

The Renault Clio has a number of different wheel and tyre options. When it comes to tyres, these range from 195x55 R15 for Hatchback in 2020 with a wheel size that spans from 16x6.5 inches.

Year Body Type Front Tyre Size Front Rim Rear Tyre Size Rear Rim
2020 Hatchback 195x55 R15 16x6.5 inches 195x55 R15 16x6.5 inches
2019 Hatchback 195x55 R15 16x6.5 inches 195x55 R15 16x6.5 inches
2018 Hatchback 195x55 R15 16x6.5 inches 195x55 R15 16x6.5 inches
2017 Hatchback 195x55 R15 16x6.5 inches 195x55 R15 16x6.5 inches
2016 Hatchback 185x65 R15 15x6 inches 185x65 R15 15x6 inches
The dimensions shown above are for the base model. See All Renault Clio Wheel Sizes

Renault Clio Fuel Consumption

The Renault Clio is available in a number of variants and body types that are powered by PULP and ULP fuel type(s). It has an estimated fuel consumption starting from 5.6L/100km for Hatchback /PULP for the latest year the model was manufactured.

Year Body Type Fuel Consumption* Engine Fuel Type Transmission
2020 Hatchback 5.6L/100km 1.2L PULP 6 SP DUAL-CLUTCH AUTO
2019 Hatchback 4.8L/100km 0.9L PULP 5 SP MAN
2018 Hatchback 4.8L/100km 0.9L PULP 5 SP MAN
2017 Hatchback 4.8L/100km 0.9L PULP 5 SP MAN
2017 Hatchback 4.8L/100km 0.9L ULP 5 SP MAN
2016 Hatchback 4.8L/100km 0.9L ULP 5 SP MAN
2016 Hatchback 5.2L/100km 1.2L PULP 6 SP AUTOMATED MAN
* Combined fuel consumption See All Renault Clio Pricing and Specs for 2020

Renault Clio Towing Capacity

The Renault Clio has maximum towing capacity of 900kg for the latest model available.

Year Body Type Braked Capacity from Braked Capacity to
2020 Hatchback 900kg 900kg
2019 Hatchback 0kg 900kg
2018 Hatchback 0kg 900kg
2017 Hatchback 0kg 900kg
2016 Hatchback 0kg 900kg
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