Renault’s first “real” hybrid

Renault Clio E-Tech Hybrid: opposite the Toyota Yaris Hybrid and Honda Jazz

Today, we are testing a very important car for Renault: the Clio Hybrid. They are amazing at Renault since the Zoé has been in existence since 2012, but it took 8 years to see a first hybrid car arrive in the range. You will object that there was already the Scénic hybrid in 2016, but the latter was a “micro-hybrid” while this Clio is what is called a “full-hybrid”, capable of running on electricity alone for a few kilometers (and not a few tens of kilometers like a plug-in hybrid). This hybrid Clio is found on the market opposite the Yaris hybrid or the Honda Jazz, the only other small hybrid models. The Clio Hybrid uses an atmospheric petrol engine of 1.6 l and 91 hp combined with electric motors, all developing 140 hp.

Renault Clio E-Tech Hybrid: like a Clio, except for a few details …

Inside, we find the flattering dashboard for the category of other Clio with a small blue border in option, an EV button to force the electric rolling if the battery charge allows it, and a combined digital instrument customizable which can in particular show the energy flows, just like the central screen. Our test model is in Intens finish which receives fairly complete equipment, including driver assistance. At the rear, no change compared to other Clio for passengers. In the trunk on the other hand, we lose the space under the floor, which lowers the loading volume by almost 50 dm3 to go just below 300 liters according to our measurements, less than the average for the category of city dwellers. .

Renault Clio E-Tech Hybrid dashboard
Renault Clio E-Tech Hybrid dashboard

Renault Clio E-Tech Hybrid: a revolutionary box but …

What does this Clio hybrid drive? Overall, it is quite successful and pleasant and we like it. Let’s start by clarifying that even if it is 140 hp (in its 1st generation, the Clio 16S was 140 hp and it was the sport version), it is not at all a question of sport. Illustration by the figures since we have measured the car: we have 9.8 s for the 0 to 100 km / h and 31.8 for the kilometer with a standing start and imagine that the Clio TCe 130 EDC is faster on these two exercises . The goal is to consume less, we will come back to it and in fact what we appreciate above all, it is a good smoothness of use in town and in normal driving with the electric which gives the boost and an effect turbo engine. Important clarification: this Clio hybrid uses the same revolutionary gearbox as the Captur plug-in hybrid, namely a gearbox without clutch and without synchronization gears. In fact it is a dog clutch whose synchronization is done electrically. This box is conclusive in most cases, in normal use, with a double-clutch or converter box effect: the box is soft and without torque breakdown except when you press firmly on the accelerator where there is a breakdown of couple reminiscent of single clutch robotic boxes. Overall therefore, this box is successful except for a particular use where we are disappointed. Apart from this scenario, everything is fine, especially since the chassis part is still very successful despite 80 kg more than the TCE 130 version. The car is comfortable, dynamic,

Renault Clio E-Tech Hybrid profile
Renault Clio E-Tech Hybrid profile

Renault Clio E-Tech Hybrid: target achieved in consumption

Indeed, let’s say it right away, this Clio makes a very good score since we measured 5 liters on average: it’s 0.6 l better than the previous Toyota Yaris hybrid, the new generation has not yet arrived in concession and up to our measurements. All gasoline city cars are far behind, even much less powerful, and only the new Honda Jazz does as well, with more roominess but less performance. In fact this Clio hybrid consumes like a diesel city car: for example, the 208 BlueHDI 100 also requires 5 liters according to our measurements. But the Clio runs on petrol, which may make a difference later in some city centers. In terms of price, this Clio hybrid starts at € 22,600 in Zen finish and goes up to € 28,200 in Initiale Paris. Our model in Intens finish is at 25,000 € with a good level of equipment. It is however more expensive than the Jazz and that the new Yaris hybrid, strong of 114 ch, which should be less efficient certainly, but whose main stake will be consumption: will it do better than the Clio Hybrid?