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RENAULT CLIO HATCHBACK SPECIAL EDITIONS

1.6 E-TECH Hybrid 140 Launch Edition 5dr Auto

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Optional Extras

Exterior Features

Packs

Paintwork

Trim

Wheels

Fuel Type
Fuel Type Hybrid
Mileage
Mileage 64.20mpg
Co2
Co2 99.00g/km
Transmission
Transmission Automatic
Top Speed
Top Speed 112mph

Standard Equipment

Technical Data

Review

Driver Convenience

  • 7" TFT colour instrumental display
  • Cruise control + speed limiter
  • E-call
  • Easy link 9.3" screen with nav, 4x20W amp, DAB double tuner, 2xUSB, 1xJack/Bluetooth, and smartphone integration plus - Apple CarPlay/Android Auto
  • Eco mode driving function
  • Gear change indicator
  • Lane departure warning system
  • Lane keep assist
  • Over speed prevention
  • Rear parking sensors
  • Traffic sign recognition
  • Trip computer
  • Variable assistance electric PAS

Entertainment

  • Sound auditorium

Exterior Features

  • Auto dimming rear view mirror
  • Automatic headlights + automatic windscreen wipers
  • Black door mirrors
  • Body colour door handles
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • Body coloured rear spoiler
  • Chrome insert on lower side doors with Clio embossing
  • Chrome window surround
  • Drivers one touch window with anti-pinch feature
  • Electric adjustable/heated/folding door mirrors
  • Electric front windows
  • Electric rear windows
  • Exterior rear hidden door handles
  • Extra tinted glass on rear windows + tailgate
  • Full C-shape LED front and rear signature lighting
  • Full LED front and rear headlamps intergrating daytime running lights at the front and rear
  • LED front fog lights
  • Rear fog lights
  • Rear wiper
  • Shark fin antenna
  • Variable speed on front windscreen wipers

Interior Features

  • 12V Accessory socket
  • 3 rear height adjustable headrests
  • 6.2L front glovebox
  • 60/40 split rear seats
  • Air recirculation control
  • Auto climate control
  • Centre console with armrest
  • Cloth upholstery with blue stitching
  • Dark interior roof lining
  • Driver's seat height adjustment
  • Front cupholders
  • Front door storage bin
  • Height adjustable front headrests
  • Height adjustable passenger seat
  • Height/reach adjust steering wheel
  • Isofix system on outer rear seats
  • Leather steering wheel
  • Multi function steering wheel
  • Multisense including ambient lighting and selectable drive modes
  • Pollen filter
  • System for Restraint and Protection SRP-front seats
  • Vision grey interior detail includes light grey on doors, lower part of dash and gear stick

Packs

  • Exterior chrome pack - Clio
  • Exterior colour touch blue - Clio
  • Interior colour pack blue - Clio
  • Storage pack - Clio

Safety

  • 3 point seatbelts on all rear seats
  • ABS+EBD+Brake assist
  • Automatic emergency braking system
  • Curtain airbags
  • Distance warning alert
  • Driver and passenger front and side airbag deactivation
  • Driver/Front Passenger airbags
  • ESC - Electronic Stability Control + traction control
  • Front side airbags(head+thorax)
  • Height adjustable driver's seatbelt
  • Hill start assist
  • Seatbelt warning
  • Tyre pressure warning

Security

  • Central door locking
  • Deadlocking system
  • Hands free key card with push button, start and stop function
  • Locking fuel filler cap
  • RAID (Renault Anti-Intruder Device) with automatic door locking
  • Rear door and window child locking function (front driver door control panel)
  • Remote central locking with thatcham approved immobiliser

Technical

  • E-TECH battery

Wheels

  • 17" Viva stella diamond cut black alloy wheels

Electric Vehicle Data

  • Battery Capacity in kWh
    1.2
  • Battery Type
    Lithium-ion

Emissions - ICE

  • CO2 (g/km)
    83
  • HC+NOx
    Not Available
  • Particles
    Not Available
  • Standard Euro Emissions
    EURO 6
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb
    99
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Max
    114
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Min
    96

Engine and Drive Train

  • Camshaft
    DOHC
  • Catalytic Convertor
    Yes
  • CC
    1598
  • Cylinder Layout
    IN-LINE
  • Cylinders
    4
  • Cylinders - Bore (mm)
    78
  • Cylinders - Stroke (mm)
    83.6
  • Engine Layout
    FRONT TRANSVERSE
  • Fuel Delivery
    TURBO INJECTION
  • Gears
    6 SPEED
  • Number of Valves
    16
  • Transmission
    SEMI-AUTO

Fuel Consumption - ICE

  • EC Combined (mpg)
    64.2
  • EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies
    No
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb
    4.4
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Max
    5.1
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Min
    4.3
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb
    64.2
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - Max
    55.4
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - Min
    65.7

General

  • Alternative Fuel Qualifying
    Yes
  • Badge Engine CC
    1.6
  • Badge Power
    140
  • Based On ID
    92956
  • Coin Description
    E-TECH Hybrid 140
  • Coin Series
    Launch Edition
  • Generation Mark
    4
  • Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07
    12E
  • Manufacturers Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years
    12
  • Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years
    3
  • NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %
    96
  • NCAP Child Occupant Protection %
    89
  • NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09
    5
  • NCAP Pedestrian Protection %
    72
  • NCAP Safety Assist %
    75
  • Did at least one aspect of this vehicle's safety give cause for concern?
    No
  • Special Edition
    Yes
  • Special Order
    No
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage
    100000
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Years
    5
  • Vehicle Homologation Class
    M1

Performance

  • 0 to 62 mph (secs)
    9.9
  • Engine Power - BHP
    140
  • Engine Power - KW
    103
  • Engine Power - RPM
    5600
  • Engine Torque - LBS.FT
    106
  • Engine Torque - MKG
    14.7
  • Engine Torque - NM
    144
  • Engine Torque - RPM
    3200
  • Top Speed
    112

Test Cycles

  • Emissions Test Cycle
    WLTP

Tyres

  • Alloys?
    Yes
  • Space Saver?
    No
  • Tyre Size Front
    205/45 R17
  • Tyre Size Rear
    205/45 R17
  • Tyre Size Spare
    TYRE REPAIR KIT
  • Wheel Style
    RS
  • Wheel Type
    17" ALLOY

Vehicle Dimensions

  • Height
    1440
  • Height (including roof rails)
    Not Available
  • Length
    4050
  • Wheelbase
    2583
  • Width
    1728
  • Width (including mirrors)
    1988

Weight and Capacities

  • Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres)
    39
  • Gross Vehicle Weight
    1758
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Down)
    1146
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Up)
    300
  • Max. Loading Weight
    435
  • Max. Roof Load
    Not Available
  • Max. Towing Weight - Braked
    900
  • Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked
    655
  • Minimum Kerbweight
    1323
  • No. of Seats
    5
  • Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb
    10.4

Renault joins Toyota in offering supermini buyers a self-charging full-Hybrid engine. Jonathan Crouch checks out the Clio Hybrid.

Background

This is where it starts getting interesting. Europe now has the world's strictest emission regulations, requiring a 95g/km across-the-board range average for small cars which it simply isn't possible for a manufacturer to meet without electrifying a large number of its engines. Prior to 2020, all that was available in that regard in the small car market was the Toyota Yaris self-charging Hybrid and a handful of EV models that hardly anyone bought. That's got to change - and it's going to. An obvious route to driving down your brand's supermini emissions average is to churn out full battery versions - which is why Peugeot has launched its e-208, Vauxhall has the Corsa-e and Renault sells its ZOE. But these cars are getting on for £30,000 in a market that expects to buy a small car for way less than that. So other solutions must be found, like this, the Clio Hybrid.

Driving Experience

Unlike the plug-in E-TECH engine that Renault uses in the Captur and the Megane, this isn't a plug-in powerplant: Renault reckons that would make this particular Clio too pricey. Instead, it's a 'self-charging' full-Hybrid unit like that in, say, a Toyota Yaris (so it can, for very short periods, run independently on full-electric power, unlike the mild hybrid engines you'll find in segment rivals like the Ford Fiesta and the Kia Rio). Renault makes much of the way the design of this car's engine borrows from its F1 racing technology. Like the racing powerplant, this one is extremely compact and features two electric motors, one with 36kW on the rear of the gearbox and one with 15kW on top of the transmission, along with a four-cylinder 1.6-litre 140hp normally aspirated petrol engine. The gearbox is an auto of course and the motor is powered by 1.2 kWh lithium-ion battery pack located beneath the boot floor. The rest of the drivetrain has somehow been shoehorned beneath the bonnet. There's plenty of mid-range pulling power - the petrol engine musters 144Nm of it, whilst the electric motor generates 205Nm and the HSG (High-Voltage Starter Generator) delivers an addition 50Nm. The result is excellent acceleration - especially at speeds of between 50mph to 75mph where the battery assists with sharper responses than a conventional petrol or diesel engine, enabling a 50mph to 75mph time of just 6.9 seconds. But efficiency is this car's primary purpose and Renault claims that a Clio Hybrid will be able to travel for 80 per cent of urban journeys on battery power alone. Plus the car is able to travel up to 38mph in all-electric mode.

Design and Build

Apart from the badge work, there are no visual differences to mark the Clio Hybrid out from standard variants in the range. Stylist Laurens van den Acker wanted this MK5 model Clio to be more expressive, while keeping the previous version's sleek profile. The body has been lowered by up to 30mm and big 17-inch wheels give top versions a more dynamic look. At the front, the bonnet incorporates ribs for a sculpted effect. The grille is bigger and the front bumper is more pronounced with a very expressive central air scoop. Full-LED headlights are now standard and the rear lights can feature a more distinctive C-Shape signature. The cabin is of high quality, with plush materials and a soft coating on the dashboard, the door panels and the central console surround. The instruments are quite driver-focused and there's one of the larger centre-dash infotainment screens in the segment, with two sizes available - 7.0-inches or (with navigation) 9.3-inches. Further up the range, there's another screen in the instrument binnacle, measuring 7-inches and replacing conventional dials. The seats on this Clio are much better than what you'd usually find in this segment in terms of comfort and support. They offer a longer seat base and a more enveloping shape. One advantage of going the self-charging hybrid route rather than opting for a PHEV plug-in hybrid is that the self-charging hybrid solution doesn't much compromise boot capacity. The space on offer ranges from 366-litres up to as much as 1054-litres, depending on the position of the rear bench.

Market and Model

Prices start at just under £20,000 and there's a choice of four main trim levels - 'Play', 'Iconic', 'S Edition' and 'R.S. Line'. In terms of the price premium over a conventionally-engined Clio, think about £3,600 more than a Clio TCe 100 petrol and around £1,700 more than a Clio dCi 85 diesel. Equipment levels are reasonably generous. Even the base model gets air-conditioning, cruise control with a speed limiter, power-folding mirrors, full-LED auto headlamps and a multimedia system with Bluetooth, DAB and USB connection. Plus there are a range of Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) with lane departure warning, lane keep assist, autonomous emergency braking and traffic sign recognition. You'll probably want to stretch at least as far as mid-range 'Iconic'-spec, which gives you 16-inch diamond cut alloy wheels with black inserts, a 7-inch Easy Link touchscreen with sat-nav, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, a hands-free key card, rear parking sensors, front LED fog lights and tinted rear windows. The 'S Edition' adds 17-inch wheels, a 9.3-inch infotainment screen, front parking sensors, a rear view camera, climate control and a 7-inch TFT driver information display. 'R.S.-Line'-spec gets you a body kit, sportier wheels and sporty cabin touches.

Cost of Ownership

The key figures here are some way off what you might expect for a pricier Plug-in hybrid but, Renault reckons (and we concur) that they're more realistic than a PHEV model's claimed readings would be. The WLTP figure for combined cycle fuel economy is 64.2mpg and we reckon around 50mpg should be regularly achievable without too much trouble. The WLTP CO2 reading is 98g/km. There's a 22% BiK taxation rating, which is much better than you'd find with a conventional petrol or diesel-engined supermini.

Summary

It's going to be interesting to see how the Clio Hybrid sells in comparison to the brand's full-electric ZOE model. Right here, right now, we can't help thinking that this Clio's electrified solution might be the better option for the majority of ordinary customers. With the short commuting and school run mileage supermini buyers tend to cover, most of them might rarely need to use the engine anyway. The elephant in the room here though is up-front price, as usual with a Hybrid. Renault has done what it can to make this car affordable but we venture to suggest that £20,000-£22,000 will still be a little more than you might have expected to spend on your next supermini. Even one with F1 technology and 60mpg economy? If that's enough to make you dig a little deeper into your budget, we think you'll be intrigued by what you'll find here.

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