Renault Clio E-TECH hybrid interior & comfort
A well finished and comfortable interior with the latest in-car technology is one of the highlights of the hybrid Clio
This generation of Renault 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 on all the standard Clio trim levels. Entry-level Play includes LED headlights and daytime running lights, 16-inch alloy wheels, manual air-conditioning, power-adjustable and heated door mirrors, cruise control, electric front windows and automatic lights and wipers. But you should avoid this one if you can, since it gets a lower-spec infotainment system that features a clunky-looking radio, albeit with DAB, Bluetooth and USB connectivity.
Mid-range Iconic features a seven-inch colour touchscreen with navigation, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, as well as rear parking sensors and foglights. Top-spec R.S. Line gets the 9.3-inch version of this system, as well as 17-inch alloys, more aggressive exterior styling, a plusher-looking interior with contrasting red stitching, upgraded dashboard materials, climate control, rear electric windows and a 10-inch colour digital driver’s readout.
Infotainment, apps & sat nav
It's worth upgrading to the top-spec R.S. Line specification (which isn't hugely more expensive than the entry-level) in order to get the eye-catching 9.3-inch portrait-orientated screen (above) that dominates the centre of the dashboard in not-dissimilar fashion to the one in the much more expensive Tesla Model S electric car.
In This Review
- 1VerdictThe hybrid Renault Clio's powertrain can feel restless, but it's a quiet, punchy small car, with good electric running potential
- 2MPG & CO2 emissionsAlthough it can't offer significant pure-electric running, the Clio hybrid nonetheless returns some pretty decent economy and emissions figures
- 3Running costsGood fuel economy a reasonable insurance rating and manageable company-car tax rates all count in the Clio hybrid's favour here
- 4Engines, drive & performanceThe latest Clio is fundamentally a good car to drive, but the complex E-TECH hybrid drivetrain can leave it feeling a bit 'busy' in everyday motoring
- 5Interior & comfort - currently readingA well finished and comfortable interior with the latest in-car technology is one of the highlights of the hybrid Clio
- 6Practicality & boot spaceThe Clio hybrid is pleasingly spacious for a supermini, with plenty of room for both passengers and luggage
- 7Reliability & safetyStrong crash-test scores and a long warranty are plus points here; Clio hybrid owners should have little to worry about