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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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101 reader reviews for Renault Clio Hatchback.
  • 1.2 16v Dynamique 3dr

    James Bedding , northants . Date: 24/10/2008
    • Overall verdict
      5 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 is my first car and i got it in April just after passing my test. It's a 2001 model and is proving to be a great little car and is quite nippy for a 1.2 especially around town, but still doesn't struggle out on the open road.

    I havent had any major problems and its proving to be very reliable, however there are a few issues such as the service and airbag warning light coming on randomly for no apparent reason although this doesnt affect the way it drives. The sunroof sometimes rattles which is a well known fault, however you don't tend to notice it after a while.

    I have found it to have a reasonable amount of room inside for a small car but a trip to alton towers with four friends did prove to be a bit of a squeeze especially for the person who sat behind me as i am over six foot tall so have the seat very far back. The boot is also a reasonable size and can accomodate most things with ease.

    Its very cheap to tax and reasonable to insure for a 17 year old! Its also very economical and normally returns an average of 48mpg.

    Overall its a comfortable little car with neat, tidy handling a nippy engine and i would recommend one to a friend.

  • 1.5 dCi 80 Dynamique A 3dr

    James Woodhouse Date: 03/09/2008
    • 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
      3 out of 5 stars

    My car

    As a car to run about in, it is excellent. The fuel economy was never below 60mpg even when pushing on a bit. The clio had none of the rattles from the sunroof and nothing went wrong throughout my ownership. This car also had optional climate control which worked brilliantly but not sure it is worth paying extra for. I felt the interior was a bit on the cheap side [plastics] but it was still very comfortable. To drive it is very easy, using the torque of the diesel engine to keep a good pace on twistier roads but it still being happy to sit at 70 on motorways.

    Overall I was really impressed with this car especially after reading many reviews saying keep away!!

  • 1.2 16v Dynamique 3dr

    David Sheperd , S.Glamorgan . Date: 01/09/2008
    • Overall verdict
      2 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      1 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Average MPG
      37

    My car

    The Good Points Of The Car Is Its Ride Quality Which Is Realy Comfy.It Had Pleanty Of Kit With It Like Foglights,Electric Windows&Mirrors,Sunroof E.T.C.The Engine Was Excellent And Was Extremely Nippy And Could Keep Up With Most Cars That Were A 1.4 Or 1.6. After 3Months The car Developed Its faults.The First Thig Was The Loud Excessive Noise.After A Trip To My Mechanic He Told Me It Was The Exhaust Causing The Noise That Made The Car Sound Like A Truck.The Pice Just Before The Catalyst Converter had Broke Which Meant It Needed A New One (£200).After That The Car Decided To be Like Other Clio's And Start When It Felt Like It, As The Immobliser Would Arm Itsself -(Turn Onto Ignition And Hold Down The Accelerator & Then Press And Hold In The Centeral Locking Button Untill It Bleeps About 5Seconds later, Then Release The Button And Accelerator - This Will Disarm The Immobliser).Another Problem That Would Drive Anybody In The Car Insane Was The Rattaling Sunroof.The Hazzard Button One Day Decided To Break.The Car Has An Auto-Dipstick So The Computer In The Car Tells You If It Needs Oil However It Lies,Mine Was Displaying As Full However I Decided To Check For Myself And Found It Was Just Below Minimum.It Drinks Oil As If Its Going Out Of Fashion And Renault Say That It Is Normal.Then 2Of The Cylinders Were Misfiring Which meant They And the HP Leads had To Be replaced(£300). Dont Buy French Or You Will Pay The Price!

  • 1.2 16v Extreme 3dr

    Andy Mead , Herts . Date: 26/07/2008
    • 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
    • Average MPG
      40

    My car

    I brought this car about half a year ago for £2800 and is a 2002 model. I think its a brilliant car to have as a fist car. The engine size may be small but its nippy and will do 0-60 in 9seconds. I have found it very reliable, cheap to run/insure, and looks great too.

    The only disadvantages are at high speeds the sunroof rattles (above 60/70mph), the handling in the corners isn't great, and the central locking plays up. Other than that, this is a great little cheap car and would recomend.

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