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Road test: Renault Clio R.S Line 130 EDC

Warmest Clio still follows the same high-quality, fine-driving formula, finds Martyn Collins.

SECTOR Supermini  PRICE £20,295  FUEL 49.6mpg (WLTP)  CO2 118g/km (NEDC Correlated)

Renault Clio R.S Line 130 EDC

Sharp is the best way to describe the latest Renault supermini’s styling, although it might not look too different to the old one. Still, the R.S Line trim’s alloys, side skirts and rear spoiler add welcome extra aggression.

Same again look aside, the new seventh-generation Clio is already making its mark in the UK. Most recently bagging the Best Fleet Supermini award, at our recent Great British Fleet Event.

R.S Line might be the sportiest current Clio trim, but you’ll be pleased to know that features we like about the whole range, still shine through. Firstly, there’s the same modern, well-equipped interior – with the distinctive portrait touchscreen. Although, the screen itself does seem to be a bit slow to swap between functions. All with the soft-touch plastics and aluminium highlights adding to the high-quality feel.

With the new CMF-B platform, it feels more spacious inside too, the driving position is comfortable and seats supportive, with adequate rear space and a practically shaped, 391-litre boot.

On the road, despite the sporty look this Clio remains surprisingly refined. The R.S Line has the same suspension set up as standard Clio models. This equals tidy handling and responsive steering, although the ride is on the firm side.

The 129hp, four-cylinder 1.3 litre petrol is familiar as its been used in Captur and Megane models. In the Clio it pulls well from low-down and is well-matched to the slick seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. Auto only, it returns 49.6mpg on the WLTP combined cycle, with just 118g/km emissions.

With its neat looks, the premium feel to the interior, keen drive and affordable pricing, even in R.S Line trim, the Clio looks like a serious contender in the supermini sector. Although we’d prefer a manual option and more affordable Clio trims such ‘Iconic’ might be a better fit for fleet.

Fleet rating: 3/5

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Martyn Collins

Martyn has 18 years experience as a motoring journalist, working across a wide selection of B2B and consumer titles. A car enthusiast since his early years, Martyn has a particular interest in the latest models and technology and in his spare time enjoys driving his own Minis.