Is the new Renault Clio sporty enough to win the hearts of Malaysians?


The all-new fifth-generation Renault Clio has just made its global debut, shortly after the French carmaker teased its minimalistic cabin. The new Clio gains a more mature styling, revamped interior and a new CMF-B platform.

Immediately you can tell that the new Clio features the same design language as the larger Megane, most notably its C-shaped LED daytime running lights profile. It now sits 30 mm lower than the outgoing model giving it a more athletic stance and promotes aerodynamics. LED headlamps are fitted as standard across the range while the 17-inch alloys, hidden rear door handles, chrome-plated side-window trim, shark fin antenna and flushed tailgate gives the car a more upmarket look.

The new design is reasonably attractive for a city car especially from the front and side profile, but Renault could’ve done a bit more on the rear bumpers to give it a bit more sculpture for a more “complete” look. Fortunately, there will be an R.S. Line which promises a sportier touch to the little hatchback.

As detailed before, the new Clio spots the Smart Cockpit cabin architecture that draws on a more compact design to free up more space to integrate more in-car technologies. You’ll find items such as 10-inch TFT LCD instrument cluster (7.0-inch on lower grade models), 9.3-inch multimedia screen, eight-colour ambient lighting, BOSE premium audio sound system and more.

Despite measuring 14 mm than the previous model, the new Clio is said to be more spacious inside and boot space has also increased to 391 litres (+91 litres), the largest in the compact hatchback segment.

Renault has not revealed details of the powertrains available on the new Clio, but the CMF-B platform was designed to integrate electrification architectures. At launch, the Clio will be available with its E-Tech hybrid engine technology developed by Renault.


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All-new fifth-gen Renault Clio


Adrian Chia

Adrian Chia

He believes that the perfect remedy to Monday blues is a mixture of 4 wheels, clear roads and a pinch of twisty tarmac. A hot hatch is the icing on the cake.
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