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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102 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

  • 1.5 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!

  • 1.5 dCi 80 Dynamique 3dr

    James Hilton , Lancashire . Date: 21/01/2009
    • Overall verdict
      4 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Average MPG
      60

    My car

    I've owned the car for 6 years and I've put nearly 90k on the clock. The engine has been great.Its better suited on the motorway cruising in 5th than round town.Anything over 30mph in 3rd results in alot of engine noise,but do 40mph or less in 4th and it becomes sluggish.As most of my driving is on the motorway it suits me fine. It will easily average 55mpg in winter & 60mpg in summer. The handling is average and it does under steer.The turning circle is similar to the QE2. It was cheap to run over the first 5 yrs with the usual wear and tear parts needing replacing.The pump which powers the window washers packed in but it cost less than £30 including fitting from a local garage. The last 6 months have been a different story with its age starting to show. Brake cylinders,suspension arms,bush ends,battery and glow plugs have taken over £700 from my piggy bank. The cabin is ok,it scrubs up well after a clean but it does have too many rattles.Comes in usful when your tired, because of the noise theres no chance of falling asleep at the wheel.The sunroof is the worst feature,it doesn't even need one as it has air con and all it does it rattle and double up as a water feature with its mysterious leak. Overall the car has been a good motor.Considering some of the nightmares other people have had with their Clio's I know I've been lucky. I'm changing it in the next few weeks but wont be buying Renault, circumstances mean I need to change and the bigger Renaults don't appeal.

  • 1.2 16v Expression 3dr

    ashleigh walker Date: 15/01/2009
    • Overall verdict
      3 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
      3 out of 5 stars

    My car

    I am on my second Clio and feel I should have learnt from my first one which lasted me 6 months and made me a loss of £2000. When I part exed it for a newer model it was basically a write off the biggest problem being the gear box had gone. However i went ahead with the upgrade with a Renault dealer who had a good reputation, I have now had this clio for a year and a half and it has been backwards and forwards to the dealer with a number of different problems. On one occasion I had to send it back 5 times before the problem was fixed,and that was from me telling them what was wrong. On one of these 5 times they road tested it for 100miles and told me the problem was fixed, I drove it two minutes down the road and it reoccured! Overall the Clio's look lovley and are very cheap to run but mechanically they are poor and I would say not made to live a long and healthy life!

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