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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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101 reader reviews for Renault Clio Hatchback.
  • 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!

  • 1.4 RT 3dr

    ed nelson Date: 12/01/2009
    • Overall verdict
      3 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
      2 out of 5 stars
    • Average MPG
      38

    My car

    Couldnt really see it in the drop down menu, but this is a 1.4 litre 8v clio sport..

    I bought this car in 2004 and have had it since, it was manufactured in 2000, and I truly cant make my mind up abaout it after all this time..

    Ive had no engine problems, its never not started and have never had any real problems in that area, however rear brake drums seem weak and need replacing again (had them done 3 years ago and not done many miles) Ive had all wheel bearings replaced, part of the exhaust has had to be replaced etc.

    However this is my 1st car and I cant tell if this is normal for a car..

    It doesnt feel very fast on motorways, but quite nippy around town (I think the fact its an 8v engine and not 16v doesnt help)

    Fuel is pretty good, averaging 35-40

    Just cant decide to trade it in and get something else or drive it till it dies (its only done 52k miles though)

    We'll see...

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