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Overall reader verdict 4 out of 5 stars

  • What's it like to drive
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Running costs
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Quality, practicality and equipment
    3 out of 5 stars

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100 reader reviews for Renault Clio Hatchback.
  • 1.4 16v Expression+ 5dr

    Paul Anderson , Tyne And Wear . Date: 25/11/2013
    • Overall verdict
      3 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      2 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Average MPG
      1000

    My car

    Had my 1.4 16v Clio for 3 years now and frankly it is a financial millstone round my neck. I have spent really quite a lot of money maintaining it. Every time the garage has done the MOT and service the report has shown wear, tear and corrosion on something. And something has nearly always broken on it. In the time I have had it the No.1 ignition coil has needed replacing courtesy of the AA, the windscreen wiper blade has split, and both the washer pump and air-con fan motor has broken. That said the car is a nice runner. Not the quickest. But I think it is quite an agile little car. But the fuel costs are low. Having such a small car the engine tank is small meaning it does not need as much fuel as a BMW or Mercedes or Audi. I can go even longer without refuelling due to the time I spend driving. Would it be a good 2nd or 3rd car? No. But excellent as a 1st.

  • Renaultsport 3.0 V6 3dr

    Paul Anderson , Tyne And Wear . Date: 15/11/2013
    • Overall verdict
      4 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      2 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Average MPG
      1000

    My car

    My first/current car is an 04' 1.4 16v 5dr Clio and the excellent agility round the urban roads and car-parks and the speediness down the motorway as well as its very low fuel costs (£30-£40 fills the tank quite high) is offset by the high running costs due to persistent faults and repair work. Also persistent is the wear and tear of the parts. In early 2011 whilst on the road the No.1 ignition coil went and the AA was called to replace it. In Sept 2011 the refusal of the MOT certificate was due to the high level stop lamp not working and the imbalance in the front brakes. The refusal of one in Sept 2014 was due to the windscreen washer providing insufficient fluid due to the pump being broken and the offside coil spring being broken. As an advisory item the offside rear brake pipe was slightly corroded the anti-roll bar linkage deteriorated and there was 'play' on the nearside and offside front track rod end ball joint. I am sure all that means something to those who are mechanically minded but to me it represents serious issues with the reliability of the Clio. Oh yes, on Oct 2011 the heater fan motor had broken and needed replacing. Totting up just the MOT and service by my garage (inc. things like VAT and labour) the calculator came to £1029.50 over 3 years of ownership. That does not account for the money spend on the AA to replace the No.1 ignition coil and the battery which finally died. Would I get another Clio again? Looking unlikely.

  • 1.2 16v Dynamique 3dr

    James Addison , Stirlingshire . Date: 24/07/2013
    • Overall verdict
      5 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Average MPG
      47.9

    My car

    I bought this car as my first car and I couldn't have been happier with it. The over-all driving of the vehicle was lovely and very easy even for an inexperienced driver. The steering was light and very responsive, the brakes and accelerator were both just nicely smooth and responsive and I could feel clearly the exact point of acceleration at which the car started increasing speed instead of maintaining/slowing as soon as it happened. The entire cabin also felt really nice, it was comfortable and had everything in it that I needed really. The only down side being that it didn't have any auxiliary port and therefore I had to buy a whole new stereo to accommodate the fact I wanted to listen to my iPod when driving and had to buy something with a USB port. Even though it was a 1.2l, the fact the car was very light meant it was extremely nippy city driving and the handling was great.

    Fuel consumption is excellent, I drove from Scotland to England with a full tank of petrol for 9 hours, and still had 3/8 bars remaining (and this lasted me at least 200 miles extra).

    One of the only cons I had with the car is the fact that sometimes issues did occur, the power assisted steering felt like it started to turn off intermittently leaving it very difficult and harsh to steer, which was the complete opposite of what it mostly was like. The sunroof also had two problems, it leaked when raining, this was fixed, but left it with a god-awful rattle.

    Recommend this car for a first car

  • 1.5 dCi 65 Expression 5dr

    Stanley Colombo , . Date: 13/05/2013
    • Overall verdict
      4 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Average MPG
      58

    My car

    Owned this magnificent car for 10 and a half years covering 117k miles - until I stopped at a pedestrian crossing and the driver behind me rammed it to write-off :( I was superbly protected, however, suffering only minor whiplash which disappeared by itself in 3-4 days. During that time it coped admirably with our baby up to exactly 3 years and never missed a beat. Luggage room looks puny but I never found myself struggling even with a baby's paraphernalia. Driving was, well, adequate. 65 bhp is scant, it leaned excessively in bends (especially given the stiffness of the ride) and can oversteer violently if handled even a little too gingerly. Economy was SUPERB! I once had an accident (almost head-on) and the only 'bag not to open was...mine...and I had no-one else on-board. Walked out of it 100% unscathed though. Mechanically, it was super-reliable. Only one injector failed, and although my local dealer stated that I had to buy a complete set of 4 for 920GBP excluding BOTH VAT and labour, I managed to source one second hand (obviously ready-coded) for a mere 80GBP - and that lasted the rest of the life of the car. I have always been meticulous with maintenance - and THAT saved me enormous bills as careless maintenance can cause all sorts of problems. Key is to service regularly with high-quality, low-viscosity oil. No thicker than 10W40 - NEVER use thicker than 10W40 which will only wreck the engine to bits, esp the turbo. I always used 5W40 or 0W40. Electrical? faultless!

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