First Look Inside 2020 Renault Clio Reveals Striking Tech-Heavy Approach

Renault has released the first official images of the fifth-gen Clio’s interior, which ups the game for the VW Polo, Ford Fiesta and other superminis out there.

The completely redesigned dashboard isn’t the only striking feature of the cockpit, which now gets a larger infotainment system and a digital instrument cluster.

The 9.3-inch subtly curved, vertical display is the biggest ever to be offered on one of the brand’s models. It’s slightly turned towards the driver and comprises all the multimedia and navigation functions required.

The digital instrument cluster is also available in several sizes, ranging between 7 and 10 inches. In its top spec, the gauge cluster includes GSP navigation. Renault claims that the 9.3- and 10-inch screens are the largest offered in a B-segment car.

The steering wheel has been completely redesigned as well and comes with a more compact airbag compared to the Clio IV, thus improving visibility for the driver. It has a thumb rest, broader hoop and new back-lit controls.

Positioned higher than before to improve ergonomics, the central console is also new. It hosts a shorter gear lever, special lighting on the outer edge and wireless smartphone charging pad, and can be customized depending on the interior design scheme.

Said to provide better support because of the longer base and to free up knee space at the back thanks to the semi-soft shell, the seats are all-new.

Elsewhere, the 2020 Clio’s interior brings soft materials unique to the segment and several customization options. Clients will be able to select between eight design schemes that change the appearance of the dashboard, central console, steering wheel, arm rests and door panels. Ambient lighting with eight different colors will be available, too.

Underpinned by the CMF-B platform, the new generation Clio will welcome a hybrid powertrain further down the road. Moreover, it will be equipped with driving assistance systems “leading to autonomous driving widely available on a city car”, according to the French company.

The car will celebrate its world premiere at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show at the beginning of March.


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  • Kagan

    It has become idioti.

  • Six_Tymes

    “Tech-Heavy” its a damn navigation screen, that makes it tech heavy? A DUMB comment

    • donald seymour

      I was thinking the same thing.

  • Adi

    Wow. Best looking interior in the supermini segment.

    • mihsf

      Yes very good interior, but the best only until the new Peugeot 208 is revealed. Both are for Geneva.

  • Matthijs

    Wow that’s a mayor step forwards! Looks great. Kinda inspired on the Mazda2 though

    • donald seymour

      No, But inspired by the same level of quality, I can see that.

    • erly5

      Don’t see the loose connection myself, but both look good!

    • Matthijs

      Well the clean, horizontal design with that contrasting color and above it the air vents that should give the impression in goes all the way. And of course the three knobs for the climate control (pretty common but Renault used others before)

  • Maisch

    I hope its still as light and fun to drive as the old one, and still makes fun 3 cylinder noises, then we have a really strong contender !

  • Thetruthísntalwayspopular

    Today’s car looks fresh still. I honestly HATE that ipad in the middle of e dash Its a cancer.

  • Loquacious Borborygmus

    That’s an awfully distracting big screen catching your eye.

    • designer_dick

      I think there’s something of a double standard at work when it comes to large touchscreens in cars. Tesla slapped a 17″ portrait touchscreen into the Model S and X that basically controls EVERYTHING, and they were lauded as innovators for doing so, and again when they put a 15″ landscape screen in the Model 3, but Renault putting a 9.3″ portrait infotainment screen in the new Clio is ‘distracting’? OK.

      • Loquacious Borborygmus

        When did I say the Tesla touchscreen was innovative?

        • designer_dick
          • Loquacious Borborygmus

            Meme away but you called this one wrong.

          • designer_dick

            I didn’t mean to imply that you had said that Tesla was innovative, just that a lot of people have, and those self same people would be amongst the first to criticise any other manufacturer that has the gall to follow their lead but perhaps do it better than their beloved Tesla. In effect, I was saying that I shouldn’t have come for you because you didn’t send for me. Sorry.

    • cbATL

      I just pissed myself

  • TheHake

    I like it!

  • Wow, this looks great. Even better than the Audi A1.

    • mihsf

      And much better fit and finish than A1 or Polo according to journalists.

  • alexxx

    Best in class…as usual…

  • Bob

    Guess I’m the exception for not liking this interior. I hate that screen. The seats are nice though, that’s the only thing for me.

  • Vangelis Goulis

    I think it looks cool enough. Miles ahead of the current version

  • designer_dick

    Hasn’t anyone noticed that it seems to be the first mainstream small car (perhaps even the first B-segment car, premium or otherwise) to use an electronic parking brake? I’m sure it’ll be reserved for top trims, along with the 9.3″ touchscreen, but it’s interesting that a Renault has a piece of kit that none of its direct rivals, nor the MINI or Audi A1 currently have.

    The design of the interior looks more premium than the A1, and given the rather negative opinions expressed by reviewers regarding some of the A1’s interior materials, I’m guessing it’s probably not far off in terms of quality either.

    • mihsf

      Excepted you are partly wrong. This is not a redesign at all, this is an all-new platform. Only the exterior design is partly carried over.

      • designer_dick

        This information changes depending on which publication you read. Some list CMF-B as all-new, while others list it as a development of the previous Clio’s platform. Given that the car’s overall shape and DLO is more or less exactly the same as the previous Clio, and that the quarter windows on the front door are exactly the same size, same shape and in exactly the same place, I’m going to give more credence to the sources that claim it’s a development of the current car.

        • mihsf

          It is to be understood that in the automotive world nothing is absolutely “all-new”. Almost everything is an evolution of something older with incremental innovation (at least by retaining the same basic idea or architecture). Some invisible or unnoticeable components (buttons, lights, etc) can be used for over 25 or 30 years with only minor appearance change, but with the same main technical design unchanged. Some engine designs, despite getting constant significant improvements, can be traced back to 30 years ago.

          By all-new platform, they really mean the change is significant. The current Clio IV is a minor platform improvement over the Clio III and has similar proportions and dimensions. Here the new Clio V has different dimensions and proportions despite looking similar, it is really “all new”. Its platform is designed for hybrid and more autonomous vehicles.

          Another example is the Peugeot 208 I. Its platform is an evolution of the 207 platform which was itself a small evolution of the 206 evolution, which itself was largely new. All three cars have similar proportions and dimensions. However, the new 208 II due to be revealed in the coming weeks will also have an all-new modular platform in which batteries can be installed in the floor for an electric version, unlike the current 208/207/206 chassis. This is a significant departure.

        • Rayner Lim

          The Previous Clio IV was based on the Nissan B platform that the Clio II and III were also based on.

  • Aporto

    On the side (zoomed)

  • Momogg
    • alexxx

      This is best design out there.I am glad they didn’t change the overall design cause it was perfect.This is nice evolution.well done.

      • Momogg

        Yes, I am agree. I really like it.

        • alexxx

          Tnx for the photos👍👍👍

          • Momogg

            You are welcome. 😉

    • designer_dick

      I’m glad the car’s headlights are roughly the right size for it’s face now. The previous Clio always looked slightly bug-eyed because the headlights seemed to be so huge and overwhelming.

  • Momogg

  • Alex

    I like more screens taking over functions but this one sits too high IMO, hence it will be distracting when you actually want to look through the windscreen. A bit lower and it would be ok.

  • Dennis Scipio

    Not a bad looking interior for a car of it’s class.

  • salamOOn

    very nice looking inside out….

  • Momogg
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