The least costly Clio is the Authentique, and it comes only with the three-cylinder TCe90 engine and five-speed manual gearbox. Wheels are steel with plastic covers, of 15-inch diameter.
Spending more on a Clio Expression brings you a choice of engines: the TCe90 or the more powerful, four-cylinder, TCe120 with its auto gearbox. With either engine you get a 7.0-inch central touchscreen, satellite navigation, and leather trim on the steering wheel and gearchange lever. Wheels are an inch bigger at 16 inches, and made of lighter and better looking aluminium alloy. They are fitted with lower profile tyres that sharpen the steering a bit.
Spending more again on a Clio Dynamique gets you the TCe120 engine, and keyless entry and start (which lets you unlock the car and drive away without removing the card-key from your pocket or bag). The air-conditioning can maintain a set temperature. Headlights turn on automatically when it’s getting dark, and windscreen wipers operate automatically when it rains. There is a reversing camera, and front parking sensors (which give you an audible indication of how far the bumpers are from obstacles).
The most expensive Clios are the Clio GT and GT Premium. Both use the TCe120 engine but bring a sportier flavour.
Choosing a Clio GT gets you firmer suspension, 17-inch wheels, and tyres with a lower profile again, all of which sharpen the steering and handling. Paddles on the steering column let you select gears manually via the dual-clutch automatic gearbox. And you get RS Drive, which allows you adjust how immediately the car responds to the accelerator pedal and steering wheel. (In Sport mode the steering feels a bit heavier, to give you a more substantial feeling of connection with the car.)
The GT does not have a reversing camera, however.
Choosing the more costly GT Premium replaces the cloth interior trim with leather and gets you heaters for the front seats, and a fixed glass sunroof. There is a better sounding audio system, internet connectivity via a paired phone, and Renault’s R-Link infotainment system (which has pre-installed apps and can be controlled by voice). The satellite navigation uses real-time traffic data to help you avoid traffic jams, and the reversing camera is restored.