Looks, verve, and value.
The Renault Clio has received an update for the new model year, bringing with it some important price revisions. The range now starts at just $15,990 for the entry-level Life model (with a manual gearbox), while drive-away is just $17,990.
The Renault Clio continues to offer two drivetrains. Higher-spec models with the dual-clutch EDC automatics get a 1.2-litre turbo-four petrol, with 88kW of power and 190Nm of torque. The entry-level manual gets a 0.9-litre turbo-three petrol, which manages a more humble 66kW & 135Nm. While the engines have remained the same, the list of standard equipment has grown. Life models now get colour-coded door mirrors and handles, chrome door sill inserts, more chrome on the nose, and new designs for its 16-inch “flex-wheel” steel wheel covers (kudos to Renault for trying to make them sound cool).
Inside, the entry-level model gains things like keyless entry and go, automatic headlights, automatic wipers, a rear-view camera, rear parking sensors, all-round electric windows, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel.
Step up to the mid-spec Zen trim, and you get things like brand-new C-shaped LED daytime running lights, LED headlights, fog lights, front parking sensors, satellite navigation, voice control (we expect this to be belligerent), gloss-black inserts in the rear bumper, on the lower part of the doors and the B-pillars, and 16-inch alloy wheels in ‘Pulsize’ design.
Two grades take top-honours in the Clio lineup. $22,990 (before ORCs) will bag you a luxurious Clio Intens or a sporty Clio GT-Line. The former comes with chrome window garnish, hands-free parking assistant, side parking sensors, an armrest for the driver, LED ambient lighting, 3D Arkamys audio system, R-Link navigation, height-adjustment for the passengers’ seat, rear privacy glass, climate control, 17-inch ‘Optemic’ alloy wheels finished in a two-tone effect, and interior/exterior personalisation options at no extra cost. These options include Flame Red or Ivory finish for the door sills, grille inserts, and boot lid trim. Interior options include trims for the dash, doors, and seats in a Red or Grey finish.
GT-Line models get Renault Sport-ish blue highlights inside, aluminium sports pedals, GT-Line badging, a rear spoiler from Renault Sport, a leather handbrake handle, satin-grey door mirror caps, and the same finish on the front, and rear bumper inserts. Clio GT-Line models ride on 17-inch ‘Serdar’ alloys.
All but the Life models get cost-options like a glass roof, a premium sound system by Bose, and heated front seats at various prices. Metallic paints are also a cost option that’ll set you back $550.
Fans of the hot Clio RS will have to sit tight though, with official word that the hot French hatchback will be arriving in a “few months time.” To recap, prices now stand at:
- Clio Life, manual: $15,990 ($17,990 drive-away)
- Clio Life, EDC automatic: $17,990 ($19,990 drive-away)
- Clio Zen, EDC: $19,990
- Clio Intens, EDC: $22,990
- Clio GT-Line, EDC: $22,990