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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.
  • 1.2 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

  • 1.2 16v Dynamique 3dr

    James Bedding , northants . Date: 24/10/2008
    • 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

    My car

    This is my first car and i got it in April just after passing my test. It's a 2001 model and is proving to be a great little car and is quite nippy for a 1.2 especially around town, but still doesn't struggle out on the open road.

    I havent had any major problems and its proving to be very reliable, however there are a few issues such as the service and airbag warning light coming on randomly for no apparent reason although this doesnt affect the way it drives. The sunroof sometimes rattles which is a well known fault, however you don't tend to notice it after a while.

    I have found it to have a reasonable amount of room inside for a small car but a trip to alton towers with four friends did prove to be a bit of a squeeze especially for the person who sat behind me as i am over six foot tall so have the seat very far back. The boot is also a reasonable size and can accomodate most things with ease.

    Its very cheap to tax and reasonable to insure for a 17 year old! Its also very economical and normally returns an average of 48mpg.

    Overall its a comfortable little car with neat, tidy handling a nippy engine and i would recommend one to a friend.

  • 1.2 16v Dynamique 3dr

    David Sheperd , S.Glamorgan . Date: 01/09/2008
    • Overall verdict
      2 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      1 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Average MPG
      37

    My car

    The Good Points Of The Car Is Its Ride Quality Which Is Realy Comfy.It Had Pleanty Of Kit With It Like Foglights,Electric Windows&Mirrors,Sunroof E.T.C.The Engine Was Excellent And Was Extremely Nippy And Could Keep Up With Most Cars That Were A 1.4 Or 1.6. After 3Months The car Developed Its faults.The First Thig Was The Loud Excessive Noise.After A Trip To My Mechanic He Told Me It Was The Exhaust Causing The Noise That Made The Car Sound Like A Truck.The Pice Just Before The Catalyst Converter had Broke Which Meant It Needed A New One (£200).After That The Car Decided To be Like Other Clio's And Start When It Felt Like It, As The Immobliser Would Arm Itsself -(Turn Onto Ignition And Hold Down The Accelerator & Then Press And Hold In The Centeral Locking Button Untill It Bleeps About 5Seconds later, Then Release The Button And Accelerator - This Will Disarm The Immobliser).Another Problem That Would Drive Anybody In The Car Insane Was The Rattaling Sunroof.The Hazzard Button One Day Decided To Break.The Car Has An Auto-Dipstick So The Computer In The Car Tells You If It Needs Oil However It Lies,Mine Was Displaying As Full However I Decided To Check For Myself And Found It Was Just Below Minimum.It Drinks Oil As If Its Going Out Of Fashion And Renault Say That It Is Normal.Then 2Of The Cylinders Were Misfiring Which meant They And the HP Leads had To Be replaced(£300). Dont Buy French Or You Will Pay The Price!

  • 1.2 16v Dynamique 3dr

    sean kar Date: 16/02/2008
    • Overall verdict
      4 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
      3 out of 5 stars

    My car

    I've owned this car for the past three years since I turned 17 as a birthday present and I've got nothing but positive reviews for my little mate. Reliable, nippy and not a single fault in 3 years.

    I've probably spent no more than £200 in past three years, changing the alternator once and the front brake discs. Not a single electric fault, engine fault, nothing!! The only thing that worries me is going over 80mph, not that you should!! I only drive a 1.2 but it can be pushed over the its '98mph top speed' as suggested on review sites lol! - or so I've heard! : p

    Anyways, what a fantastic first car and it'll be a shame to see it go as I'm p/x it for a 2004 Renault Megane 1.9DCi. I've read a lot of the review bout the Megane on here and it's scared me senseless, nonetheless I love its looks and style!

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