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Overall reader 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

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99 reader reviews for Renault Clio Hatchback.
  • 1.6 VVT Initiale 5dr

    Karen Cotgrave , Flintshire . Date: 30/07/2006
    • 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

    I'm in love... what can I say!

    I previously owned a VW Golf, which was spending more time in the garage than out. It had £3500 of repair bills in two years and a lot of messing around by the dealer. The guys at Renault have been like a breath of fresh air.

    I love the looks of the new Clio inside and out. The Initiale trim gives extra refinement with its leather interior, and all the gadgets I could wish for, including parking sensors, cornering lights, EPS, tyre pressure warning, traction control and so on - I just love it.

    There's no cabin noise, and steering response is spot on. I'm still running it in at the moment - I can't wait until I can put my foot down on this baby and see what she can really do. I don't think I'm going to be disappointed!

  • 1.5 dCi 86 Dynamique S non-AC 3dr

    alex bradley Date: 29/07/2006
    • Overall verdict
      1 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
      5 out of 5 stars

    My car

    I took proud possession one of these on March 1, 2006. I was so excited by the new look and the reviews it had recieved.

    At first, I thought 'what a great little car' and was impressed by it smoothness, power and I just loved it overall.

    It was not to last - it has been an electrical, mechanical and technical nightmare. It has turned out to be the worst car I have ever owned. It has had to have a new computer installed, the whole fuel system replaced and, as I write this, it has been taken away yet again with more problems.

    When this car goes, it has little competition in its class, but unfortunately the unpredictabilty of mechanical and electrical faults far outweigh this.

    Overall, I would strongly urge anyone to think long and hard before purchasing the new Clio. I know I will NEVER choose this model, or any other Renault in future, after the hell that has been the last five months of my life.

  • 1.2 16v Expression AC 5dr

    DK SUNG , suffolk . Date: 24/07/2006
    • 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
      5 out of 5 stars

    My car

    Having own this car now over 1 month, I find this car very good quality.

    Something to take a note of, when I test drived a same spec car and a dynamique s 1.6. Two cars handled differently, obviously the power difference, but I found that the gear changing is better on the dynam1.6,it is much smoother. Mine feels crunchy when moving from 1st to 2nd, 3rd to 5th is fine though. (could be the demo 1.6 had wear in)

    Steering is better with 16inch alloy wheels, low profile tyres possibly 40? Also braking is better, maybe it was the brembo brakes on the 1.6. Also the demo car had michelin tyres on them, but they gave mine some bridgestone tyres. I find that on my car with these tyres(bridgestone) when I rev at 2700rpm the wheel spin when cornering; didn't happen with the michelins.

    So advice to all: when you get your new car, change to 16inch wheels with michelin tyres. You appreciate the handling will be so much better.

    This car doesn't require induction kit at all if you ever going to replace the air intake unit, it already has a air duct connected to the front grill. Maybe just the filter itself. perhaps thats how they got the full 75bhp on a 1.2.

    BTW , I chose the 1.2 because fuel economy is my priority. today price is £1/litre. I'm averaging 36mpg due to most city driving.

  • 1.4 16v Dynamique S non-AC 3dr

    Ryan Robinson , Carmarthenshire . Date: 21/07/2006
    • 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

    I have owned a Dynamique S Clio for a couple of weeks now and must say it's a very good runner, very smooth and the looks are just first rate. Have no problems with the door, you have to be careful because it's a big door but not heavy to open/close. So far so good.

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