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.
  • 1.6 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.

  • 1.2 Rush 3dr

    Louise McCaw , Kent . Date: 26/02/2005
    • Overall verdict
      4 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      4 out of 5 stars

    My car

    A practical car that doesn't cost a fortune to run, the height-adjustable seat makes it comfortable for shorter drivers and the range of equipment on offer means there's something for everyone.

  • 1.6 16v Initiale 5dr

    A Farrall Date: 16/02/2005
    • Overall verdict
      4 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      4 out of 5 stars

    My car

    In short, the car is a little rocket - tops I have had 204kph out of it.

    I agree it can be a little loud - this can be reduced somewhat by tyre change.

    The cruise-control I have found invaluable as on its regular long journeys, it’s ideal. Alternative choice:

    Having looked at a Ford Fusion 1.6 as a second car, we made a test drive the Fusion was basically good, the motor and equipment levels were dire and the 1.6 motor was more like a 1.1 "Good concept – Poor result"

    Front seat adjustment is the worst part on the Clio – "seat-angle" adjustment is difficult to fine tune. Much better is as on the Scenic where it's an adjustable wheel.

    Turning circle is larger than a Scenic, although the steering ratio is lower!

    On a comparison with the Scenic, the Clio is a little too lowly geared, starting off in second is no problem – originally it had 195/15/50s – the Scenic equivalent of the 195/15/65 helps and the diff in the speedo is not too bad.

    The only thing working against this Clio in this configuration (small car, larger motor) is out on the road its doesn’t look brisk – thus you get the tailgaters - one press of the resume on the cruise and you're gone – definitely a wolf in sheep's clothing.

    All in all an inexpensive fun car – backed up with a good after-deal by Renault and a lot cheaper that the 2.0-litre and V6.

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