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
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 is offered in Evolution, Techno, R.S. Line and E-TECH Engineered trims. Evolution comes with 16-inch alloys, LED headlights and daytime running lights, manual air-conditioning, power-adjustable and heated door mirrors, cruise control and electric front windows, plus 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.
On top of Evolution’s entry level features, Techno brings dark-tinted rear windows, 17-inch alloys, 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 cars get a slightly sportier styling and a different set of 17-inch alloys, plus faux carbon interior trim, leather steering wheel and gear selector, a larger 9.3-inch colour touchscreen and 10-inch colour digital dashboard display. E-TECH Engineered tops the range with features including 17-inch E-Tech diamond-cut alloys with gold detailing, black Renault logos front and rear, sports front and rear bumpers, a rear spoiler, dark roof lining and aluminium pedals.
Infotainment, apps & sat nav
It's worth upgrading 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.
In This Review
- 1VerdictThe hybrid Renault Clio is a quiet yet punchy small car, with good electric running potential and comfortable ride quality
- 2MPG & CO2 emissionsAlthough it can't offer significant pure-electric running, the Clio hybrid nonetheless returns some pretty decent economy and emissions figures
- 3Running costs & insuranceGood fuel economy, a reasonable insurance rating and manageable company-car tax rates all count in the Clio hybrid's favour here
- 4Performance, engine & driveThe 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, dashboard & comfort - currently readingA well finished and comfortable interior with the latest in-car technology is one of the highlights of the hybrid Clio
- 6Boot space, seating & practicalityThe Clio E-TECH Hybrid is pleasingly spacious for a supermini, with plenty of room for both passengers and luggage
- 7Reliability & safety ratingStrong crash-test scores and a long warranty are plus points here; Clio E-TECH owners should have little to worry about