Renault Clio E-TECH hybrid practicality & boot space
The Clio hybrid is pleasingly spacious for a supermini, with plenty of room for both passengers and luggage
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The Clio is only offered as a five-door hatchback, and it’s worth considering over bigger hybrid family cars like the Toyota Corolla if you think you can live with its size. The Renault still has enough space for a couple of younger children to be comfortable in the back, even on long journeys.
Renault Clio E-TECH hybrid interior space, storage & comfort
The Clio’s curved roofline doesn't impede too severely on rear headroom, but the large window pillars can make the back feel slightly claustrophobic. Renault has tried to alleviate this by making the front headrests smaller to boost forward visibility, and the front seats have been carefully sculpted to boost kneeroom in the back. We found it comfortable up front, but still a little tight for adults in the rear.
At 300 litres, the Clio E-TECH's boot capacity is a bit less than the 391 litres of its purely petrol equivalent. It's still a reasonable size for a single buggy, although the load lip is fairly high and there’s a big drop over to the boot floor, so it’s not the most practical boot for routinely loading heavy stuff into. Dropping the rear seats sees 1,146 litres freed up for bigger loads.
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 & comfortA well finished and comfortable interior with the latest in-car technology is one of the highlights of the hybrid Clio
- 6Practicality & boot space - currently readingThe 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