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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.
  • 1.5 dCi 65 Authentique 5dr

    John Mitchell , Tyne & Wear . Date: 17/04/2005
    • 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

    My car

    Although it is never going to excite or enthral a driving enthusiast, as a solid piece of transport with reasonable levels of comfort and refinement, it's not at all bad.

    Its fuel consumption is in the high 60mpg range. I personally prefer performance and handling over practicality and economy but this is not a bad way to suffer.

  • 2.0 16v Renaultsport 182 3dr

    David West , Lancs . Date: 09/04/2005
    • Overall verdict
      4 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      4 out of 5 stars

    My car

    I have owned the 182 with the Cup kit fitted for the past seven months and I can honestly say that this has been the most fun and thrills I have had in a road car since I owned a mk2 Cooper S.

    The road holding with the Cup kit on is outstanding to say the least, but it is not for the faint hearted. The response is instantanious if not twitchy. But, once you learn the limits and know how to extract them, your world just gets more exciting by the minute.

    The 182 Cup is best under load on tight twisty roads, it just loves showing Type-Rs and Golf GTIs how it's done.

    This is the first Renault I have owned and I must admit I have had no problems with it. It can be thirsty, but I have never bought a car for economy (what's the point?) but the fun out weighs this by far. I thought the insurance was a bit tight at group 16, but we are talking about a street-legal go kart!

    Having said all this, I have had to apply my sensible head. I have over 25 years competing in various motor sports and do about 18,000-20,000 business miles a year and if I keep driving the 182 as I do, I will end up either coming a cropper or getting banned. So I have just traded it in for a 2003 Mercedes SLK 200 Kompressor, which I pick up next week.

    It will be fun to compare the two.

  • 1.6 16v Initiale 5dr

    Tina Arnot , Cornwall . Date: 03/04/2005
    • 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
      5 out of 5 stars

    My car

    I've owned my Initiale since June 03, yet I've only done 10,000 miles and already have had to get a new set of front tyres!

    My friend says it's because I drive too fast, and the garage actually asked if the mileage was clocked as the tyres are supposed to last for 27,000!!

    Apart from this, I love my car. The cabin has a high spec with leather seats, and automatic climate control and electric sunroof as standard. The insurance group is relatively low and on a hill there is power there if you need it.

    My partner has a 1.2 Polo of the same age, and it isn't half the fun to drive! I feel she holds the corners well, and am very surprised that I haven't been caught by the local speed cameras - there's none of the usual shake when you hit higher speeds.

    All in all I recommend her, but times change and an Audi TT is calling me. I've loved the car, but everyone should have a true sports car once in their lives!

    It has given me a taste for the higher-spec cabin, though, and it will be hard to beat for the money.

    It is very usual to see this specification Clio secondhand and, when I was looking at buying, not one garage in my local area was able to get me the exact model to test drive. So it's a bit out of the ordinary and since buying I've only ever seen two others in my county driving around.

  • 1.2 16v Extreme 3 3dr

    Matthew Harris , Berkshire . Date: 15/03/2005
    • 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
      4 out of 5 stars

    My car

    This car is fantastic, two-year service intervals, 36-plus mpg combined with cheap insurance, good equipment levels and a dusting of French flair. The car is very surefooted and offers excellent safety features. A bonus for us is the fact that the passenger airbag can be switched off when the baby seat needs to go in the front and is easily switched back on for normal use.

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