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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.
  • 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.

  • 2.0 16v Renaultsport 182 3dr

    stephen fraser , s yorkshire . Date: 10/12/2004
    • 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
      2 out of 5 stars

    My car

    I have had the car for nearly a year now and covered approx 14,000 miles.

    It is great to drive, seriously fast and can't fail to put a smile on my face, especially when you can show up drivers of more expensive cars.

    I have had various problems with the car, some more serious that others. These include, an ABS fault, an ESP fault, air bag faults and various annoying cabin squeeks and rattles. Also it needed new rear brake pads after 12,000 miles (I believe caused by the ESP fault but the dealer would not accept this).

    Overall, it would be an excellent car if it were just a little bit better put together and despite its faults I love it.

  • 1.2 Authentique 3dr

    Sam Cotton Date: 30/11/2004
    • 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
      3 out of 5 stars

    My car

    Having owned this car for two years and covered over 40,000 miles I believe I am qualified to comment on the Clio.

    The Authentique is a cheap little car and this is reflected by the price, however the car makes for excellent value. My Clio has covered well over the average mileage for its age yet continues to drive as new and has given me no reliability problems.

    The engine is a 1.2 litre unit without the 16v - so it's not as punchy, however the car can easily cope with motorway driving (but can get a little noisy above 85mph).

    The interior of the car is basic but that can be expected for such a low price tag, however the build quality is not bad and sufficient equipment is present.

    The only problems I have experienced with the car are the extremely annoying key fob, which continues to break (loose battery fitting). As well as the key, I have to say that the windscreen wipers are of poor quality, often leaving smears and allowing water to rise up the windscreen on the motorway.

    However apart from a few minor niggles I can recommend this car to anyone!

Renault Clio Hatchback

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