These changes also bring the car in line with Renault’s new look, with an enlarged chequered grille, a fresh lighting signature, a sharper rear and the brand’s new, and simplified, 2D logo. At the back, it receives redesigned brake lights and a more angular bumper.
Despite a physically bigger appearance, the new Clio keeps the same dimensions as the car it replaces – something that Renault was keen to report.
Inside, it remains largely unchanged, with a new 10in edgeless instrument display (7in on lesser trims) added. Top trims continue to get the 9.3in infotainment touchscreen.
An uplift in material quality arrives as part of Renault’s recently pledged push for profit, integrating more soft-touch materials around the dashboard and doors. However, the car is now not offered with any leather trims – a nod to sustainability – with sustainable fabrics used instead. Options packages have also been simplified for ease.
The range is topped by the new Esprit Alpine trim, first offered on the Renault Austral SUV, with bespoke badging, colours and diamond-cut 17in alloys. Pricing for this specification has yet to be announced, but it’s expected to target buyers of the Audi A1 Sportback and Mini Cooper 5dr.