Renault Clio

The Renault Clio, named after the muse of history in Greek mythology, is a supermini car produced by the French automobile manufacturer Renault, which is available as a three and five-door hatchback. Since the beginning of 2008, a station wagon is offered.

The first generation of the Clio ( Type 57 ) replaced in mid-1990 the second-generation Renault 5 from. The Clio the now fourth-generation (type X98 ) is available since 10 November 2012.

The available since mid-1999 notchback version of the Clio is called Renault Thalia or (up to the second generation ) Renault Clio Symbol and enjoys great popularity especially in Eastern Europe.

In Mexico, the third generation was also named Renault Clio Euro. The previous version has been renamed according to Renault Clio Classic in Asia and will continue to be produced in parallel with the current generation. But even as a Renault Clio Campus, Renault Clio Renault Clio Storia Grande or the second generation was assembled. In Asia, South and Central America, the current model generation is also offered as Nissan Platina. The symbol, however, has now developed into a stand-alone model.

The term " phase " refers Renault models to the respective facelifts the corresponding model. Thus, for example, the Clio II Phase II is a model of the second generation with the first facelift.

  • 2.1 Features
  • 2.2 engines
  • 3.1 Features
  • 3.2 engines
  • 4.1 engines
  • Clio 6.1 16V
  • 6.2 notchback
  • Clio 6.3 V6 24V
  • 6.4 Clio Renault Sport
  • 7.1 Clio Cup
  • 7.2 rally

Clio I (Type 57, 1990-1998 )

Renault Clio (1990-1994)

The Clio (Typ 57) was built from June 1990 to August 1998. The model went through two revisions and therefore is divided into three phases.

The first minor modifications were made in March 1994. The bumpers were now painted in body color ( previously only available on certain models). Have also changed the tail lights and mirrors.

The most visually striking revision was the facelift in late 1996 with modified headlights and a standard third brake light.


Wipers with two speeds and Wisch-/Wasch-Tippkontakt; Storage compartment in driver's door; adjustable head restraints; height-adjustable seat belts front, belt buckles integrated into the seats; folding rear bench seat; completely disguised A, B and C columns; standard cabling for subsequent radio installation; heated rear window; with and without wear indicators for the front disc brake pads.

Rear window wiper and washer; Analog clock; Rear ashtray; Makeup mirror on driver's side; Radio coverage; lit and paneled trunk; Door trim with fabric insert; Glove compartment with lock.

Central locking system with infrared remote control; electric front windows; Velor upholstery; Automatic belts at the back; Oil level indicator in the dashboard; adjustable dash lights; Reading light; opening front rear side windows ( two-door ); Hot air nozzles for rear compartment. In phase 2, with extended dashboard, under which a storage compartment and the clock are. At the old place of the clock now there is a small coin purse.

In early 1991, published top version. Body-color bumpers with integrated spoiler; wider front wings of a novel flexible composite material (2 mm thick Noryl ). In a crash, less than 15 km / h fender return to their original shape. The rear side section was provided with a broadening. The wheel arches are connected with wide side skirts. About the rear window was a roof spoiler. The slightly arched bonnet was additionally provided with an air scoop to dissipate heat from the exhaust manifold. Inside possessed the Clio 16V boasts sports seats, on request in leather. Lever and three-spoke steering wheel with leather cover, modified dashboard with increased glare protection and its integrated auxiliary instruments ( oil temperature, oil pressure, oil level).

  • Prima ( basic no frills - offered as a cheap entry-level version )
  • Graffiti ( with cassette player, sun roof and colorful seats - only available in blue, pink, white and black )
  • Campus ( entry-level model similar to the Renault 5 Campus Prima and Clio )
  • Baccara ( Phase 1/ 2) / initial ( Phase 3) ( luxury version with leather interior, chrome door openers, air conditioning, special 14 " alloy wheels, burl wood decor)
  • Caribe, Chiemsee, Fiji, Grand Prix, Limited, Maxi, Mexx, Oasis, RTi, RSi, Williams

There was still more of about 1992-1996 convertible conversion kits for this vehicle, who were expelled by the official Renault house tuner Elia AG. A direct Convertible there were officially only as a mobile study, a single piece so that is as far as known, is on display at Renault France. All other Clio convertibles are definitely rebuilding. Often low ( three-door ) models were used as the Clio at that time were still quite young for these conversions. Often the variants RL, RN, Prima, graffiti or campus were the basis for these alterations, other equipment is very rare.

These tags are well known and notorious for a somewhat complicated handling and a certain leakage. The roof plan is like a rain cover and not a full roof. There are two variations: The older the roof kit with push buttons on the side wall is kept at younger kit, the roof is pressed against the side wall via mounting brackets.

In Germany, approximately 500 conversion kits were delivered by ELIA. How many vehicles were actually converted is not known. It is also not known how many convertible Constructed still traveling on the road.

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Renault Clio (1996-1998)


  • SPI = Single Point Injection (central injection)
  • MPI = Multi Point Injection ( multipoint injection)
  • The availability of the engines was dependent on model and equipment.
  • Not on the German market.

Special models

Renault Clio RN Graffiti

Renault Clio Campus

Renault Clio Caribe

Renault Clio Chiemsee

Renault Clio Limited

Renault Clio Maxi

Renault Clio Mexx

Renault Clio Oasis

Clio II ( Type B, 1998-2012 )

Renault Clio (1998-2001)

In August 1998, the second generation of the Clio was launched, which is called internally Clio B.

From the end of 2000, the first Renault Clio Sport was available with a 2.0 -liter 16V engine and 169 hp. Thus began the long tradition of sporty Renault small cars such as the R5 Turbo ( Turbo Back ) or the Renault Clio Williams ( Clio Type 57 ) continued.

Again, the generation was divided by several revisions in five phases. In June 2001, the first facelift ( Clio B Phase IIgenannt ), the, new tail lights and a higher quality interior was evident especially on the dynamic shaped headlamps.

With a further appreciation in the fall of 2003 to the third phase, the optical changes remained relatively inconspicuous. The range has been visually redesigned to new trim levels, a more powerful diesel engine and motor moderately revised Renault Clio Sport ( 2.0 16V 179 PS ) supplements.

The Clio B was available in several versions, including a compact sports car with 187 kW (V6 -cylinder mid-engine ), rear-wheel drive and 6-speed manual transmission - with the name Clio V6 24V.

Even after the introduction of the third generation in September 2005, the Clio B was a special model campus still available. In Austria it was sold under the name " Storia ".

In September 2006, on this phase III based version got a facelift ( phase IV). Among other things, the rear license plate bracket from the rear hatch was moved into the bumper. The Clio Campus was produced in parallel with the current Twingo II Renault plants in the Novo Mesto in Slovenia and Flins in France.

In spring 2009 there was another facelift ( phase V) with newly designed front fascia, revised trim levels and three engines with 43 ​​, 55 ( 1.2 petrol engine) and 47 kW ( 1.5 dCi turbodiesel ).

With the release of the fourth generation production after 14 years and more than five million vehicles produced in the autumn of 2012 has been set.


  • Authentique (basic equipment )
  • Expression ( upscale standard equipment)
  • Privilege ( bright, upscale amenities )
  • Dynamique ( dark, upscale, sporty equipment, mostly with Aluzierteilen )
  • Initial Paris (gray leather interior with suede inserts, light, air-conditioning and automatic wipers, xenon light, etc. )
  • Sport (only in conjunction with the 2.0 16V; sports seats with partial leather / Alcantara, the first models with aluminum hood, light, air-conditioning and automatic wipers, xenon light, etc. )
  • Accessories: Confort Package (electric windows etc.) or Deluxe package ( automatic climate control, automatic lighting, etc. possible)
  • Extreme ( Authentique upholstery fabric "Grey and Blue", on-board computer, Body color exterior mirrors, sport seats and leather steering wheel, front bumper "Sport" with fog lights)
  • Tech Run ( Dynamique upholstery fabric "Grey and Blue", onboard computer, manual air conditioning, radio with CD player, alloy wheels 15 "
  • Campus; only remaining equipment, which received another facelift in spring 2009.

Renault Clio (2003-2006)

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Renault Clio Campus (2006-2009)

Renault Clio Campus (2009-2012)

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  • DCi = Diesel Common Rail Injection ( Turbo & common-rail injection)
  • DT = Turbo Direct Injection ( Diesel Injection)

Clio III (Type R, 2005-2013 )

Renault Clio (2005-2012)

In September 2005, the third generation of the Clio was launched, the Clio R. As the Renault Modus in the previous year, and the new Clio was able to achieve the top rating of five stars in the Euro NCAP crash test.

The Clio 2007 is also released in a special edition version. Along with the surf and snowboard equipment Rip Curl created this little "Update". The limited-edition special model bear, in addition to the known colors, the new paint Iceberg Blue and company logos from Rip Curl. Motor side, he gets the new Renault engines; the 1.2-liter turbo engine with 74 kW (100 hp) and the 1.5 -liter turbo diesel engine with 63 kW (85 hp). An important feature of this special model is a reduced CO2 emissions.

In addition, Renault replaced the Clio F1 Team R27, a Clio Sport with the chassis of the Cup models and a special paint.

In autumn 2007, Renault presented at the IAA in Frankfurt am Main, the production version of the Clio Grand Tour before, which was launched in January 2008.

Also in January 2008, the three - and five-door Clio received a subtle facelift that includes a tightening equipment and new engines. Thus while the 1,4 - and 1,6- liter petrol engine in favor of the 1.2 TCE from the program. The 1.5 dCi 63 kW ( 86 PS) received a sixth gear and a particulate filter.

In May 2009, the Clio III received a more profound facelift for the front and rear areas of the current Renault design line has been adjusted. In addition, one sets two new engines: a 1.6 - liter four- cylinder with 94 kW ( 128 hp ), which is available only with the new GT- equipment, as well as a 2.0 -liter naturally aspirated engine with 148 kW (201 PS ), which replaces the weaker predecessor engine in the RS.

Early 2013 ran from the production of the Clio III. In other markets outside Europe, he is called Clio Collection continue to be offered.


The Renault Clio is available in the following trim levels:

  • Authentique (until 2010) / Tonic ( since 2010, only Austria ) (basic equipment )
  • Expression (2009)
  • Emotion (2010, only Austria )
  • Dynamique (2009)
  • Luxe (2009)
  • Gordini (2010)
  • GT ( Sports Equipment, since 2009)
  • RS Cup ( 2009)
  • Renault Sport (2009)
  • Privilege (until 2007)
  • Initial (highest equipment until 2008)
  • Exception (highest equipment since 2008)
  • Rip Curl (optional)
  • 20th (optional, Austria, 2010)
  • Sport Auto Edition ( 99 copies limited) (2012 )
  • Ange & Démon (limited to 666 of which 99 pieces as a sports car edition known) ( per 222 matte white, matte gray, matte - Red) ( 2012)
  • Red Bull Racing RB7 (2012 ) (less than 1000)
  • Akrapovic Edition (50 copies)

Renault Clio three-door (2005-2009)

Renault Clio Grand Tour (2008-2009)

Renault Clio (2009-2012)

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Renault Clio Grand Tour (2009-2013)


Clio IV (type X98, since 2012 )

Renault Clio (since 2012)

The fourth-generation Clio (Typ X98 ) celebrated at the Paris Motor Show in late September premiere and will be officially available since 10 November 2012.

He was officially presented as a five-door, the Grand Tour -called combination followed in March 2013. A three-door will initially no longer offered. The fourth generation is based on a modified version of the Renault -Nissan B platform, whose original form was used in the two previous models.

Renault Clio Grand Tour ( since 2013)


For the motors, there is a three-cylinder turbo petrol engine with newly developed 0.9 L displacement and 66 kW (90 PS), as the eco-drive version with start -stop system and energy recovery 4.3 l Super/100 km consumed. Furthermore, there is the 1.2-liter four-cylinder with 54 kW (73 hp).

In the spring of 2013, the TCe 120 came on the market. The four-cylinder turbo engine delivers 88 kW (120 hp), has a maximum torque of 190 Nm and is equipped with a dual clutch transmission (EDC). The diesel engines known from the previous model 1.5-liter dCi in a revised version with 55 kW or 66 kW is available. Both versions are equipped with a 5-speed manual transmission.

Timeline of the model variants

Derived models

Clio 16V

The model has a 16V engine with 1.8 liter displacement and 99 kW ( 135 hp). This variant was until the spring of 1994 produced by the beginning of 1991 only about 30,000 times. In addition, in 1995 in honor of Michael Schumacher who won in the Benetton -Renault F1 titles, built 500 copies of the special " Grand Prix ".

In honor of the Formula 1 team boss Frank Williams were from mid-1994, the Clio Williams 1. This limited edition of 5,000 pieces special model was equipped with a 16V engine 2.0 liter displacement and 147 hp.

Furthermore, there were in 1995 a special model called the "Swiss Champion", so to speak, a second edition of the first phase of the Williams model. Only 500 copies were fabricated. The model was built by Renault since Nigel Mansell had become for the first time Formula 1 world champion with Williams -Renault.


In the international market, since the mid 1999 notchback sedan enforced based on the second generation. Depending on the market that was available in various trim levels and engine types and under different model names.

In early 2002, the vehicle received a facelift, the front has been adapted to the revised in the spring of 2001 offered in Europe Clio version.

In 2008, the model was then replaced in most markets by a second generation which has no visual similarity with the Clio III.

Clio V6 24V

In 1998, the Clio V6 24V was presented at the Paris Motor Show as a concept study, the interest was so great that it was decided to build the special model. It was developed by Renault in collaboration with Tom Walkinshaw Racing ( TWR ).

The Clio V6 24V had a 3.0-liter V6 mid-mounted engine with four-valve technology. By changing the position of the motor Clio was the two-seater; the rear seats accounted for. The first generation had a power output of 166 kW/226 hp and reached a top speed of 235 km / h

The second generation of 2003 had an output of 187 kW (254 hp) and a top speed of 250 km / h A total of 2,935 copies were produced.

These versions were at TWR (first generation ) or Alpine in Dieppe (second generation) " largely by hand" final assembly in Uddevalla, Sweden. The original price of the first generation in Germany was 38,500 euro and 39,900 euro for the next generation. Because of the concept to develop a mid-engine sports car based on a front-wheel drive compact car with front engine, the Clio V6 24V can be considered as the successor to the Renault 5 Turbo.

Clio Renault Sport

In September 2006, the third - generation Clio came as a sports version RS at the dealership.

The 2.0 -liter 16V engine develops 145 kW ( 197 hp) and transmits power via a 6-speed manual transmission to the front wheels. The maximum torque is 215 Nm at 5.550/min. The sprint from 0 to 100 km / h is done in 6.9 seconds, top speed is 215 km / h ( now with modified gear ratio 223 km / h ).

There have been many technical improvements such as aerodynamics, steering and driver behavior were made. The wheelbase has been increased by 10 mm to 2,590 mm ​​, making the road holding is improved. The brakes were modified, the RS has a four-piston Brembo brake system; thus to the Clio 100 km / h are decelerated to 0 km / h in less than 35 meters.

There are six airbags, many storage compartments and a maximum storage capacity of 1,050 liters on board. The Clio consumes nearly 10 liters of premium.

From the Clio R. S. there was another special edition from 2007, the Clio Renault Sport F1 Team R27 which was produced in limited numbers. This model has the same engine as the standard Clio RS, but additionally comes among other things, Recaro bucket seats and anthracite-colored wheels. By the end of production in 2009 3367 cars left the factory in the French Dieppe. In Germany, the base price of the F1 edition was 24,900 euros.

Mid-2009 was also the Clio R. S. given a facelift. Furthermore, we highlighted the performance of 148 kW (201 hp). There was also a Cup version is stiffer by a scaled-down equipment and sports suspension with modified springs / dampers.

Since the spring of 2013 is based on the fourth - generation Clio again a sport version (as Clio Renaultsport 200 EDC) in the offer, which was presented at the Paris Motor Show in September 2012. The new model is a 1.6 -liter turbocharged petrol engine comes with 147 kW (200 hp). In connection to the new engine of the Clio has a six-speed dual clutch transmission. The standard consumption is decreased compared to the previous two liters and thus is 6.2 liters per 100 km. The torque is, however, increased by 24 Nm and 240 Nm at 1750 rpm is.

With a so-called Cup chassis of the Clio was lowered by five millimeters compared to the standard model. The new Clio R. S. is delivered exclusively as a five-door hatchback.

Renault Clio R. S. Cup

Renault Clio R. S. (2009-2012)

Renault Clio R. S. (since 2013)

Speed ​​-distance diagram of a braking from 100 km / h to rest of the Clio RS

Clio race car

Clio Cup

With the Renault Clio make cups will be played for years, including the Europe taking place in the Eurocup Clio World Series by Renault. Also in Germany there were 2002 to 2007 an independent Clio Cup: This version of the brand trophy was called to 2005 " Renault Clio Cup" and from 2006 " New Renault Clio Cup". Since 2011, the Clio Cup Bohemia is organized. Other countries in which Clio Cups exist, or existed, are France, the United Kingdom, Italy, Spain, the Netherlands, Denmark, China, Belgium, Brazil, Mexico, Turkey, Hungary, Morocco, Portugal, Sweden and Switzerland.


In rallying, the Clio III is successfully used in group R3.

Modified Renault Clio Williams shines in rallying

Modified Renault Clio RS in rally competition

Rear view of the Clio Sport