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.
  • 1.5 dCi 80 Dynamique 3dr

    Malcolm Moore Date: 04/01/2005
    • 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
      3 out of 5 stars

    My car

    I have owned this 80 bhp version of the diesel engine for several months now and am very pleased with the performance of the car. The Dynamique versions with the bigger engines (above the 1.2 petrol and dCi65) have firmer suspension settings which I felt could be a little too firm at first in town but now feel just right for the slightly spirited driving I indulge in. The build quality is satisfactory and the level of kit in the Dynamique is welcome, including as it does a good-sounding CD radio, air-conditioning on my car and automatic locking. Some reports warn that the drivers' seating position may not suit everyone and I have had to make a compromise between good steering/pedal relationship and total comfort. Having said that, I test drove several other superminis and the Clio required less of a compromise for me than most of those. With fantastic mpg and spritely performance, the icing on the cake was a very good discount which sealed the deal.

  • 1.5 dCi 65 Expression 3dr

    erik thorius , tyne and wear . Date: 19/12/2004
    • 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
      5 out of 5 stars

    My car

    I've just sold my 04 182 after 8 months of great pleasure and poverty at the 24-27mpg, £150 tyres and rapidly depreciating break pads! The new car is not what you would call fast, but if your looking for a cheap ride this is the car for you. 6 mths tax at only £47 and 65mpg!

  • 2.0 16V Renaultsport 182 Cup 3dr

    John Lang Date: 13/12/2004
    • Overall verdict
      4 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      3 out of 5 stars

    My car

    This is definitely the hottest hatch on the market. Yeah the gear change can be a bit dodgy (especially when it's cold) and it is difficult to get the power down from start but hey, that engine makes up for everything!

    The interior is basic to keep the cost down. You want fancy interiors, go get a car with much less va va voom. You want great performance and a growling engine, go for the 182 Cup.

    I've had this car for a month and can't stop driving it. Go for the competition stripes option, looks well smart.

    Petrol consumption isn't bad (unless you've got a heavy foot) but I've rarely had to take mine above 4000rpm, the power kick in between 2500 and 3000 rpm is immense.

    If you are thinking of getting a hot hatch (and are over 6ft tall) go for this car. I sat in the Mini Cooper S and the front seat touched the back. I can fit four adults in the 182 (granted I wouldn't go for a long journey like this).

    Traction control? In a car like this? Would take all the fun away! You want a fast, fun to drive and good looking car then the 182 Cup is the car to get. It's also lighter than the standard 182 so will go faster (apparently!)

  • 1.2 16v Dynamique 3dr

    azhar zaidi Date: 12/12/2004
    • 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
      4 out of 5 stars

    My car

    Having owned my Clio for almost a year since new, I can honestly say it has been great fun.

    The car is responsive and zippy around town. The only niggle I have with my car is the sunroof which seems to rattle a lot especially around town. I tried the sunroof mod to no avial.

    I wish the car was quieter on the motorway. Around 4000 rpm at 80 can be a bit loud for some.

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