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2020 Renault Clio prices and specifications revealed

2020 Renault Clio price and specs

Renault has announced prices and an expected delivery date for the new Clio. Buyers will start receiving cars in October 2019, having paid from £14,295 for the privilege.

As standard, the 2020 Clio comes well equipped. All cars get full LED headlights, air conditioning, cruise control, DAB and advanced driver assistance systems.

2020 Renault Clio price and specs

For comparison, the fourth-generation Clio, which debuted in 2012, currently starts from £13,620.

Upgrading from Play to Iconic specification costs from £15,295. This adds keyless keycard access, rear parking sensors and LED fog lamps. On the inside, you get a leather steering wheel and seven-inch iteration of the Easy Link multimedia system with sat-nav, which features Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

2020 Renault Clio price and specs

Leapfrog to the top of the line-up and R.S. Line replaces GT Line. The latter is available at present from £16,370, but the new R.S. Line is £17,795 minimum. It gets a rear-view camera and front parking sensors as standard.

New to the Clio range is the S Edition, which sits below the R.S. Line. It takes a less sporty approach, but includes the Smart Cockpit 9.3-inch multimedia screen and 10-inch TFT instrument cluster. We don’t know yet how much S Edition cars will cost.

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All together, Play, Iconic, S Edition and R.S. Line make up Renault’s ‘EasyLife’ model strategy.

2020 Renault Clio prices in full

Spec/Engine/GearboxVED (tax) year onePrice OTR (£)
Play SCe 75£170£14,295
Play TCe 100£130£15,295
Play TCe 100 CVT£150£16,595
Play Blue dCi 85£150£17,295
Iconic SCe 75£170£15,295
Iconic TCe 100£130£16,295
Iconic TCe 100 CVT£150£17,595
Iconic Blue dCi 85£150£18,295

2020 Renault Clio price and specs

S Edition TCe 100£130TBC
S Edition TCe 100 CVT£150TBC
S Edition TCe 130 EDC£170TBC
S Edition Blue dCi 85£150TBC
R.S. Line TCe 100£130£17,795
R.S. Line TCe 100 CVT£150£19,095
R.S. Line TCe 130 EDC£170£20,295
R.S. Line Blue dCi 85£130£19,795

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Renault Megane R.S. Trophy-R Nurburgring Record pack

Renault really is asking £72,140 for this new Megane

Renault Megane RS Trophy-R Nurburgring Record pack

Renault has stunned performance car fans by revealing the limited-run Megane R.S. Trophy-R hot hatch will cost from £51,140 – with the Nurburgring Record edition priced at a staggering £72,140.

The breathtaking prices are way in excess of the standard Megane R.S. RRP of £27,835.

Trophy-R models only have 20 horsepower more than the regular 280hp model, too.

Renault Megane R.S. Trophy-R Nurburgring Record pack

Renault justifies the price by saying the new model has ‘many bespoke, lightweight parts’. These include Ohlins dampers, an Akrapovic titanium exhaust, a carbon composite bonnet and a carbon rear diffuser.

The interior is stripped out; the rear seats have been removed and race-style composite Sabelt seats fitted in the front. 

Renault Megane R.S. Trophy-R Nurburgring Record pack

It weighs an impressive 130 kg less than the standard Megane R.S., which is how it was able to break the front-wheel-drive production car lap record at both the Nurgurgring and Spa Francorchamps in Belgium.

Further weight can be saved with the £63,140 Carbon Wheel variant. Exotic carbon fibre wheels are fitted, which cut 2kg. They are meant for racetrack use: they can be stored in tailored bags in a cradle behind the front seats when you drive on the road.

Renault Megane R.S. Trophy-R Nurburgring Record pack

The £72,140 Nurburgring Record model uses the same wheels, plus bigger front brakes with gold Brembo calipers, and a ‘dynamic air intake’ in the front bumper that saves 2kg.

Only 500 examples of the Megane R.S. Trophy-R (a car costing more than the two-seater Alpine A110 sports car, also built by Renault) will be built globally – and just 32 are coming to the UK.

Renault 5 GT Turbo review: hot hatch hero still excites

Renault 5 GT Turbo

When I was 17, there were two things I yearned for: a girlfriend and a Renault 5 GT Turbo. I eventually acquired the former (credit: Dutch courage and Clearasil), but the latter slipped through my fingers.

Fast-forward two decades and the fast Five is no longer the darling of sex-starved teenagers, Maxers and TWOCers: it’s now a bona fide classic car. And with prices for 80s hot hatches spiralling skywards, you may have already missed the boat.

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Renault 5 GT Turbo. Ever see one back in the day that DIDN’T have its yellow fogs blazing?

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This 1989 Phase Two GT Turbo belongs to Renault UK and must be one of the few completely standard examples left. As it emerged from the delivery truck, squat and perfectly proportioned, the excitement in the MR office was palpable. How would it measure up on the road?

Can a 122hp hatchback still excite in 2019? Or is the Supercinq, like an inexpedient ex., better left in the past?

What are its rivals?

Think ‘1980s hot hatches’ and one car above all comes to mind: the Peugeot 205 GTI. However, for all the 205’s fleet-footed brilliance, the standard (1.6-litre) version is outgunned by the GT Turbo for power and acceleration. And the Renault is cheaper to buy. More on that later.

Other competitors for what Car magazine frequently called the ‘hot hatch crown’ included the Ford Fiesta XR2, Fiat Uno Turbo and Volkswagen Golf GTI Mk2.

The Golf is the sensible choice (no change there, then) while the Fiesta offers rough-and ready fun. As for the Fiat, finding one will be your greatest challenge; there is just one for sale in the UK at the time of writing.

What engine does it use?

Renault 5 GT Turbo

Unlike the original, mid-engined Renault 5 Turbo, the GT Turbo’s powerplant isn’t shoehorned behind the seats. Instead, it resides beneath the front-hinged bonnet, driving the front wheels through a five-speed manual gearbox. So far, so conventional.

But Renault had secret weapon. Clamping a turbocharger to the humble 1.4-litre lump unleashed 117hp from launch in 1985, upped to 122hp in Phase Two models from 1987.

In a car weighing just 853kg (the outgoing Renaultsport Clio weighs around 400kg more), 0-62mph took 7.5 seconds and a top speed was 120mph. As the TV ad of the time gleefully revealed, the 5 left the 205 and Uno trailing in its wake.

What’s it like to drive?

Renault 5 GT Turbo

A reminder of what good, old-fashioned turbo lag feels like. Up to around 4,000rpm, the 5 feels decidedly ordinary, certainly not quick. Then the Garrett blower takes a breath, the steering wheel squirms and you blast forwards, grabbing the next gear in a fabulous, frenetic rush.

Car manufacturers have spent years ironing out the on/off effect of turbo lag. However, for me at least, this belated blast of boost is a big part of the retro Renault’s appeal. It’s a nitrous hit for the head, one that provokes me into driving this 29-year-old classic harder than I probably should.

The car’s’s dynamic repertoire is a bit of a mixed bag, too. The steering is direct, but lacks the telepathic connection of the 205, while ride comfort is poor – despite tiny 13-inch alloys and 55-profile tyres. As with the powertrain, you need to up the pace to make the Five come alive.

Grab it by the scruff and the GT Turbo is still a quick cross-country machine. The front end bites hard into corners, pulling the rear around neatly with barely a hint of body-roll. Commit yourself and it will cock an inside wheel in classic 80s hot hatch style, but don’t worry – there are no snap-oversteer demons here. The brakes are better than many cars of this era, too.

Reliability and running costs

Renault 5 GT Turbo

Funky and flaky in equal measure, the Renault 5’s interior conforms to every cliché about old French cars. Speed humps and potholes are greeted with a chorus of plastic squeaks, while one of the minor gauges nonchalantly went on strike mid-drive.

Of greater concern is the temperamental Turbo’s dislike of hot starts. Tweaks to the Phase Two cars, including revised ignition mapping and a water-cooled turbo are said to have improved matters. Nonetheless, be prepared for less-than-perfect reliability.

On the plus side, classic insurance means the GT Turbo is no longer an underwriter’s bête noire. And fuel economy of 39.8mpg (measured at a constant 56mph) still looks respectable today.

Could I drive it every day?

Renault 5 GT Turbo

You could… but I’d advise against it. Rain and road salt will ravage any 30-year-old supermini. And while mechanical repairs to the simple, overhead-valve engine should be straightforward, fixing bodywork is a pricier problem.

I’d keep my GT Turbo garaged over winter and save it for the summer months. Indeed, secure storage is advisable year-round; these cars hail from the ‘coathanger and screwdriver’ era of car theft. Fit a tracker to protect your investment, too.

Lastly, the 5 also comes from a time long before Renault aced Euro NCAP crash tests. There’s no safety equipment to speak of, its doors are barely thicker than a biscuit tin and the interior trim has all the structural integrity of a croissant. This is a car for clear June mornings, not murky January evenings.

How much should I pay?

Renault 5 GT Turbo

‘A lot more than a few years ago’ is the short answer. Like all hot hatches of the 1980s, the Renault has rocketed in value as folks who grew up lusting after them finally have the wherewithal to buy them.

There’s another factor here, of course: attrition rate. Many GT Turbos were crashed and many more modified, leaving few good examples left. I found less than 20 GT Turbos for sale, and only a handful of those were standard-spec.

Starting price for a project is around £4,000, with decent, usable cars costing from £7,000. You’ll pay around £15,000 for a rust-free, original car like the one here: on par with a Mk2 Golf GTI, but still cheaper than many fast Fords. It’s also around half the price of an equivalent 205 GTI.

What should I look out for?

Renault 5 GT Turbo

Here are our top five Renault 5 GT Turbo buying tips:

  • Originality is key – particularly when it comes to future values. Many of these cars were modified, but turning up the boost won’t do wonders for reliability. Likewise, the last thing that fragile interior needs is stiffer, lower suspension.
  • Check for rust, particularly on doors, inner wings and behind the bodykit.
  • Look for evidence of crash damage, such as uneven panel gaps or paint overspray. Remember, many of these cars were stolen in their prime.
  • Test all the electrics and check for missing or broken interior trim. Some parts are becoming very difficult to find.
  • Join the Renault Turbo Owners Club – a great resource for parts, advice and discounts.

Should I buy one?

Renault 5 GT Turbo

Like yours truly, the GT Turbo feels its age. From its modest power output to its frankly woeful build quality, it shows just how far cars – in particular hot hatches – have progressed in three decades.

No matter. Driving this pocket rocket made me feel 17 again. And, before you ask, that’s a vibrant, devil-may-care 17, rather than a greasy, socially-awkward one. The Renault goads you into driving fast, then rewards with flashes of boisterous brilliance when you do. It’s flawed, but beguiling.

Yes, a 205 GTI is ultimately more fun. And a Golf GTI will be easier to live with. But if you grew up lusting after a GT Turbo, neither of those facts may matter. Buy carefully and Régie’s little ruffian could prove a sound investment, too. Time to hit the classifieds…

Pub fact

Renault 5 GT Turbo

The original 1980 Renault 5 Turbo was a homologation special: bred for rallying, then sanitised (a little) for the street. It had a 160hp 1.4-litre engine atop the rear wheels, making it the most powerful French car at the time.

Renault’s second bout of mid-engined madness came 18 years later, with the Clio V6 of 1998. Read our Clio V6 Retro Road Test to see how this hyper hatch stacks up today.

Renault 5 GT Turbo: in pictures

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Hardcore Megane Trophy-R will be UK’s rarest Renault

Renault Megane Trophy R

Renault has revealed all the delicious details about its latest skunkworks special: the Megane Trophy-R.

The Renault Sport Nurburgring lap-record holder is chock-full of modifications, and is set to be one of the rarest Renaults on UK roads.

A 300hp 1.8-litre turbocharged engine is more-or-less carried over from the standard Trophy. What makes the Trophy-R so special, and so fast, is everything else that Renault has done to it.

‘Light is right’

Renault Megane Trophy R

For a start, it’s been on a serious diet. Around 130kg has fallen off the Trophy to create the R.

This is achieved with a lot of carbon fibre. Specifically a carbon bonnet, diffuser, wheels, bucket seats and optional carbon-ceramic brakes. Those fancy seats come with Sabelt six-point harnesses, too.

Renault Megane Trophy R

Then there’s the new Akrapovic exhaust, bespoke lighter rear axle, optional intakes in place of the emblem lights at the front and a lightweight battery.

Our favourite concession to weight loss is the fact that the Trophy-R will be manual-only. Dual-clutch boxes are quick, but they’re heavy…

Renault Megane Trophy R

All in, the 1,306kg Trophy-R has a power-to-weight ratio of 230hp per tonne. That’s more than 20hp up on the regular Trophy.

‘Weight reduction plays a major role in increasing the performance of the new Trophy-R,’ says Renault.

‘In addition to offering a better mass/power ratio, the virtuous circle of weight reduction delivers better agility and performance. Light is right!’

Race car for the road

Renault Trophy R

Other performance equipment includes bigger four-piston brakes, a torque-sensing limited-slip diff and added race car-style camber. 

“The new Megane Trophy-R completes the RS range with a more extreme version,” said Patrice Ratti, manager of Renault Sport.

“It is very similar to a racing car, but is certified for the public highway. We know there are customers looking for this type of car, and not every driver should be put behind the wheel of such a car. For the engineers it’s an opportunity to concentrate their know-how to produce the fastest car possible. The Nürburgring record is a demonstration of that performance.“

The rarest Renault

Renault Trophy R

If you want one, you’d better act fast. Just 30 right-hand-drive examples are coming to the UK, out of the 500-car run Renault plans.

You’d have to ask MR’s Gav, who keeps ‘HowManyLeft’ tabs on old Renaults open 24/7, whether that makes it the UK’s rarest Renault. It’ll certainly be the rarest new Renault.

Ordering opens in August, with deliveries from October. The price is yet to be announced. Expect a substantial hike over the £31,835 Trophy, given all the exotic tweaks the ‘R’ benefits from.

New Renault Zoe EV has a 242-mile range

New Renault Zoe

Renault has revealed the facelift for its Zoe small electric car.

In the battle for EV buyers’ affections, the new 242-mile capable Zoe is a riposte to forthcoming electric versions of the Peugeot 208 and Vauxhall Corsa.

2019 Renault Zoe: styling 

New Renault Zoe

The latest Zoe is very much a facelift rather than an all-new car, on the outside at least. It’s the biggest visual change the model has undergone, but the new LED lighting and redesigned bumpers are pretty subtle.

It remains a stylish and attractive small car, with the faintest hints of styling from the super-cool Zoe e-Sport concept. A Renault Sport version of the little electric car isn’t off the table, either.

New Renault Zoe

On the inside, the new Zoe is bang-up-to-date. Along with its 100 percent recycled seat trims, it features a new 10-inch TFT instrument cluster, as well as a portrait-oriented in-car entertainment screen in line with Renault’s other models.

2019 Renault Zoe: new R135 motor

New Renault Zoe

Increased power and range comes from a new 52kWh battery and 100kw ‘R135’ electric motor, although as standard it comes with an 80kw motor. A 135hp output keeps the R135 Zoe sharp, with 0-62mph in less than 10 seconds and a top speed of 87mph.

It’ll refuel more quickly too, with optional 50kw DC charging capability.

The Zoe features a new single-pedal regenerative braking system called ‘B Mode’ – a similar system to the latest Nissan Leaf’s e-Pedal. ‘D Mode’, by contrast, is best for constant speed situations like motorway cruising.

Renault Zoe… this is your life

New Renault Zoe

Since launch in 2012, Renault has sold nearly 150,000 Zoes.

It achieved an 18.2 percent share of the European electric car market share in 2018 – and cumulative sales make it the most common electric vehicle on European roads, with 40,000 new registrations last year.

New Renault Zoe

In Germany, Spain and France, it achieved a 54.9 percent EV market share in 2018, making it number one for electric car sales in those countries.

As for the future? Renault plans on doubling Zoe production by 2022 and the marque invested a billion euros in electric vehicle development last year.

Nurburgring king: Trophy-R version of Renault Sport Megane revealed

 

Megane RS Trophy-R Nurgburgring

The new Renault Sport Megane R.S. Trophy-R has been revealed, and straight out of the blocks, it’s a Nurburgring lap record holder.

Once again, Renault has toppled the Honda Civic Type R for honours as the fastest front-wheel-drive hot hatch around the Nordschleife.

The time: a swift 7 minutes 40.1 seconds. It follows in the footsteps of past hardcore Meganes – the R26.R and Trophy R – cars that took the Nurburgring record in their day.

What makes the new Megane Trophy-R a Nurburgring champ?

Renault Megane RS Trophy-R lap record

 

The car was driven by Laurent Hurgon, the race ace who also took two previous hardcore Meganes to their respective Nurburgring lap records, with the new Meg undergoing a few changes to transform it into a Ring champ.

Three areas were addressed by the team at Renault Sport: maximum weight reduction, reworked aerodynamics and ‘a radical development of its drive axels’, including how the car is suspended and how power is distributed at the front.

Chief among changes to the new 2019 Megane R.S. Trophy-R is a significant weight reduction. All in, you can have up to 130kg lopped off the kerb weight of your Megane.

The specifics of that weight reduction aren’t yet known, but you can bet the Sabelt bucket seats, new wheels and the special Akrapovic exhaust will have played a part.

New Megane RS Trophy-R Ring record

 

Renault has also partnered with Bridgestone for the tyres on the Trophy-R. Previous ‘ultimate version’ Meganes have used Toyo R888 (2008’s R26.R) and Pirelli P-Zero Trofeo R (2014’s Trophy R) rubber respectively. Both were integral to their record-breaking ‘Ring laps.

In common with the last Trophy-R, Renault has partnered with Ohlins for the car’s trick damping, while Brembo has provided the car’s upgraded braking system.

An aggressive exterior makeover, complete with improved aerodynamics – most noticeably, a large duct on the bonnet – completes the transformation. The engine is carried over from the non-R Trophy, with 300hp on tap.

When can I have a new hardcore Megane?

Fastest front-wheel-drive production car

The car will debut at the 2019 Monaco Grand Prix on 24 May and Renault says it will go on sale towards the end of 2019.

As for how many customers will be able to get their hands on one: Renault describes the car as ‘an exclusive limited edition of a few hundred units only’. Get in quick, if you want one.

Renault offers give extra savings for 2019 Monaco Grand Prix

Renault Monaco GP discounts

Order a new Renault this week and you could save up to £1,000 EXTRA off selected models. The special offers are part of a Formula One celebration event in the build up to the Monaco Grand Prix.

The discounts are available on top of existing offers and apply to both cash and finance customers. You have until 27 May, the day of the Monaco GP, to order your new Renault, and cars must be registered by 30 June 2019.

The maximum discount is available on Renault’s large SUVs, with £1,000 off the price of a Kadjar or Koleos. Meanwhile, a £500 discount is available on Clio, Zoe, Captur, Megane, Scenic and Grand Scenic models.

Highlights of the latest offers include:

Renault Koleos Iconic dCi 175 Auto X-Tronic

Renault Koles special offers

Specification: rear parking camera, front and rear parking sensors, blind-spot warning, climate control, automatic tailgate, 8.7-inch colour touchscreen, Apple Carplay and Android Auto.

Deal: £1,000 off and available from £189 a month.

Renault Kadjar Play TCe 140

Specification: automatic headlights and wipers, rear parking sensors, cruise control, climate control, 17-inch alloys and LED daytime running lights.

Deal: £1,000 off and available from £199 a month with a £3,000 deposit contribution.

Renault Clio Play

Specification: 16-inch alloys, DAB radio, Bluetooth, air conditioning, electrically adjustable and heated door mirrors and hands-free keycard.

Deal: £500 off.

The extra discount is available on all new cars ordered between 17 and 27 May 2019 and registered by 30 June 2019. It excludes the Trafic van and Twizy quadricycle, and applies to retail customers only.

Spark of interest: used electric car price soars by 50%

Renault Zoe used car

A one-year-old Renault Zoe is worth almost 50 percent more than it was at the start of 2018, according to figures released by Cap HPI.

An eight percent rise in the month means that the popular EV is a rare example of a car appreciating in value, with Zoe values up by around £5,000. A short supply of used Zoes and an ever-increasing interest in electric cars are the primary contributors to the surprising stat.

Overall, the values of one-year-old electric cars were up 0.1 percent in March, in a market that was down 0.8 percent in the month. Only convertibles and coupe-cabriolets saw an increase, reflecting the seasonal nature of these vehicles.

The used market continued to soften in March with a fall of 0.9 percent at the three-year, 60,000-mile mark. The move follows drops in January and February and an overall decline of 2.1 percent over the first quarter of 2019, and a 3.3 percent negative swing compared to value movements in the same period a year ago.

Renault Zoe

Commenting on the data, Derren Martin, head of UK valuations at Cap HPI, said: “Despite current economic uncertainty over Brexit, price drops in the used car market cannot be apportioned to this.

“The market has seen prices going up over the last year to 18-months, and there is still a theme of a reluctance to pay high prices and squeeze retail margins. We continue to witness a gentle, downward pricing realignment.”

New or used?

New, Renault Zoe prices start from £18,420 after the government Plug-in Car Grant (PiCG), with mandatory battery hire kicking off from £69 per month. The purchase price includes a free domestic wall box fitted at your home address.

Taking a look on Auto Trader, we found a 2018 Renault Zoe Dynamique Nav with just 2,219 miles on the clock for £9,980, although £15,000 appears to be a more realistic price for a year-old Zoe.

R.S. Performance Parts Renault Sport Clio

Limited-edition RS Performance kit will spice up your Renault Sport Clio

Renault Sport is offering a one-of-250 kit to give Clios some wide-body madness. You can also upgrade suspension, brakes, exhaust – even your workshop tools

The best performance Renaults

The greatest fast Renaults ever made

Hot on the heels of our first drive in the new Megane RS 280 Cup, we list our 40 favourite hot Renaults