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.
  • 2.0 16V Renaultsport 182 Cup 3dr

    Nick Richmond , Malaga . Date: 13/05/2005
    • Overall verdict
      5 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      3 out of 5 stars

    My car

    This car is the original pocket rocket. Pefectly suited to drive comfortably and leisurely from A to B, but it much prefers a bit of right foot and it's character changes like Jekyll & Hyde! Once over 5000rpm it really takes off and shows a genuine turn of speed together with a fabulous exhaust note. It also rarely attracts any attention (and mine is orange!) and is quite able to seriously surprise much more expensive machinery as it leaves them standing. My only slight complaint is with the driving position and driver's seat. I am very tall and am too big for the seat which is slightly too high, but overall the rest of the package more than makes up for this. For the money this car cost I still can't quite believe what you get. You would have to spend seriously large amounts of money to find a car that would leave this machine over a B road. 9 1/2 out of 10 for me.

  • 1.5 dCi 100 Dynamique 5dr

    Graham Lunn , Yorkshire . Date: 06/05/2005
    • Overall verdict
      4 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      3 out of 5 stars

    My car

    I have done 55,000 fault-free miles in this car, always getting 60-plus miles per gallon, and I really enjoy driving it. The handling and performance is fine and it is much quieter at all speeds than my last car, a petrol VW. For most of the time I am the only occupant and comfort and legroom are all I need - there isn't too much room in the back but then that isn't an issue.

    The great feature about the car is the engine - it has plenty of grunt, is economical and 18000-mile service intervals. It makes the car a pleasure to drive and own.

  • 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.

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