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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.
  • 1.2 16v Dynamique 3dr

    Catherine Carwood Date: 13/10/2004
    • Overall verdict
      3 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      1 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      4 out of 5 stars

    My car

    I am having serious problems with my 2002 Clio engine!

    First it had a flat spot and now the engine runs sooooo lumpy it's uncomfortable and I do not like to take passengers as it's embarrassing!

  • 2.0 16v Renaultsport 182 3dr

    Gordon Fraser , West Dunbartonshire . Date: 12/10/2004
    • 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
      5 out of 5 stars

    My car

    C'est tres magnifique!!

    This car certainly has va va voom, I have found it very quick and a great handler.

    It costs less to run than my 2.2 Vectra did and is a lot more fun!!

    It has plenty of gadgets to play with inside, with cruise control and digital climate control as standard.

    I would recommend this car to anyone looking for fast affordable car!!!

  • 1.2 16v Dynamique 3dr

    Thomas McInnes , Glasgow . Date: 08/10/2004
    • Overall verdict
      3 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

    The Clio seems to be getting overlooked as it vies for attention with all the new superminis on the market.

    That's a shame, for people are missing out on a car that is genuinely engaging to drive. The 1.2 16V is zesty and keen to rev, frugal and acceptably refined. The cabin, meanwhile, is a gargantuan improvement over previous small Renaults in terms of perceived quality.

    Downsides? The seats, in typically French fashion, are too soft and, although comfortable for short trips, soon start to bite.

    Not everyone will take to the driving position (although I think it's fine) and the savings gained though the excellent mpg and long service intervals are soon eroded by savage depreciation.

    Finally, it's true to say that there are better packaged superminis out there - space is in short supply in the back.

    Overall, though, I really like the Clio. Mine has been reliable so far, and I've every confidence in both the car and the dealer. There are undoubtedly rivals with a broader range of talents, but I think the character and driving dynamics of the baby Renault keep it in contention. Give it a try.

  • 2.0 16v Renaultsport 182 3dr

    helen lynch Date: 08/10/2004
    • Overall verdict
      5 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      4 out of 5 stars

    My car

    The running costs of this particular Clio are high, but then I knew this before buying it and the advantages far outweigh these extra costs

    If I had wanted to save a bit of money on fuel I would have gone for the 1.2 Expression.

    The engine is very quick, always responsive to the point of the car almost asking for more. I think however it could do with six gears, when it gets to fifth to me it sounds like it is still in fourth.

    Inside the car the seats are comfortable, there is enough room in the back for adults to sit, and the height in the boot space is surprisingly high.

    On the whole I love this car's looks and its performance and I will be buying more of them.

Renault Clio Hatchback

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