In-depth reviews

Renault Clio E-TECH hybrid interior, dashboard & comfort

A well finished and comfortable interior with the latest in-car technology is one of the highlights of the hybrid Clio

Overall rating

4.0 out of 5

Interior, dashboard & comfort rating

4.0 out of 5

Price
£20,970 - £30,640
Fuel Type:
Hybrid Petrol

This generation of Clio has one of the best interiors of anything you can buy in the supermini class, and nothing changes on that front with the E-TECH hybrid version. There are some subtle blue highlights dotted about the cabin to remind you that you're driving the 'electrified' version, but otherwise all is as it was before.

Renault Clio E-TECH hybrid dashboard

The Clio's dashboard prioritises ergonomics more than ever, with all major controls seemingly raised to fall within easy reach for the driver. A touchscreen infotainment screen – available in two sizes – sits square in the centre, angled towards the driver; it's easily reached and operated unlike the equivalents on some rivals. There’s a lot of plastic on show inside, but the majority of it feels of good quality and it’s all well put-together.

Equipment, options & accessories

The Clio E-TECH is offered in the full spread of Evolution, Techno and R.S. Line trim levels. All cars come with LED headlights and daytime running lights, 16-inch alloy wheels, manual air-conditioning, power-adjustable and heated door mirrors, cruise control, electric front windows, automatic lights and wipers. There's also a seven-inch colour touchscreen with navigation, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, as well as rear parking sensors and foglights.

Techno brings dark-tinted rear windows, chrome detailing and a shark-fin antenna. Inside, the interior is refreshed with grey accents, as well as dark-grey pinstriped upholstery. R.S. Line tops the range with features including 9.3-inch 'EASY LINK' infotainment and a 10-inch colour instrument display, plus 17-inch alloys, more aggressive exterior styling, a plusher-looking interior with contrasting red stitching, upgraded dashboard materials, climate control and rear electric windows.

Infotainment, apps & sat nav

It's worth upgrading to the top-spec R.S. Line (which isn't hugely more expensive than the entry-level) in order to get the eye-catching 9.3-inch portrait-orientated screen that dominates the centre of the dashboard in not-dissimilar fashion to the one in the much more expensive Tesla Model S electric car.

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