Diesel Car Magazine has chosen the Renault Clio 1.5 dCi 100 as Best Supermini in its Car of the Year Awards 2004.

The judges were impressed by the Clio’s blend of economy, performance and sporty handling, as well as the dCi 100’s refined ride and generous standard equipment levels.

The Clio’s latest 100hp engine received special praise: “The arrival of this peppy 100hp model… marks another nail in the coffin for petrol hatchbacking… For those seeking ultimate oomph… this car’s highly respectable 148 lb ft of torque at 1,900rpm will spell instant conversion”, and, “Add the economy potential of 66 mpg and CO2 emissions of just 113g/km and the warm feeling spreads quite rapidly into your pocket…”

The Clio is no stranger to Diesel Car’s awards – the dCi 65 and 80 versions won the supermini category in the same years that they were launched – 2002 and 2003.

The 1.5 dCi 100 engine is available in three trim levels – Dynamique, Privilège and Initiale – with prices starting at £11,200.