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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.
  • 2.0 VVT Dynamique S 3dr

    Tristan Adams , Essex . Date: 09/02/2009
    • Overall verdict
      4 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      2 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Average MPG
      29.8

    My car

    Car drives well, it has a good powerful engine, seating is rather nice, better then my 04 Megane, rear is easier to see out of. The space inside even in the rear, is almost as big as my old megane, 60:40 rear is good, tho its a shame the rear bench wont come down. Air con is weaker then my older cars, including my old 51 plate clio, which is a shame, makes it rather hard to cool the car down on a hot day. The rear dash lights dont come on sometimes which means restarting the car, no big deal. I went for xenons, which are good+cornering lights, folding mirrors and extreme blue paint. The car is nice, service prices are very high, as is road tax, the 2.0 engine is fast, tho I would get a smaller less powerful engine next time, tax is too high. I like the car the speed, 0-60 in 8.5seconds, good other if a 197 is too pricey. Love my part leather standard seats!

  • 1.5 dCi 106 Privilege 5dr

    Martin Douglas Date: 29/01/2009
    • Overall verdict
      5 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
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Average MPG
      55

    My car

    I have been very impressed with this car over the three years of ownership. I was able to sell my 55 plate 28,000 miles for 5.5k in December, not too bad in my opinion. I have now replaced it with a Mini Cooper, but considering the vast difference in price between the two cars, I feel any direct comparisons would be unfair.

    I used it as a third car (Merc E Class estate and VW Eos being the others) but this car never felt like the poor relation and at times I even preferred to use it over the others - for city centre driving the car is perfect. The spec is very impressive for this class of car and was complimented nicely by options such as the panoramic sunroof.

    Performance is excellent for the size of car and it has proved adept at both town and motorway driving. Economy was top notch and whenever I used it for longer motorway journeys between Nottingham and London, I have achieved 62-64mpg.

    Space is more than adequate, obviously if you regularly carry 4 passengers you are better off looking at used cars in the class above but for the few occasions the rear was used the space was fine. The seats are comfortable and as a passenger you feel very secure.

    This car is testimony to how far superminis have come over the last few years - if anyone is looking I certainly recommend you add this car to your shortlist!

  • 1.2 TCE Dynamique SX 3dr

    Dave Currie , Scotland . Date: 23/01/2009
    • 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
    • Average MPG
      35

    My car

    Well, thats me owned this car for a year now so i think i can give an acurate review. This is the best car i have ever owned. Sold a mondeo st for this, and before that i had a golf GT. Reliability i know renault arent the best but this car has never gone wrong once. Done 18,000 miles in a year and just changed the front tyres now.

    The interior is perfect and comfortable on long jorneys and the air con is freezing!

    Only complaint is the doors are massive, heavy and can be tough to get out of in tight spaces! apart from that, easily recommend this car, it is perfect!

  • 1.5 dCi 86 Expression 5dr

    Richard Thompson Date: 12/12/2008
    • Overall verdict
      1 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      2 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      1 out of 5 stars
    • Average MPG
      60

    My car

    I bought the car in September 2006 on a 0% HP agreement to replace my Mazda RX8 due to running costs and impending marriage, mortgage etc. In the past few months I've fallen out with it due to numerous niggly faults that occur with cars that are badly assembled and have zero build quality. It blows rear side lights at a rate of more than 1 a year. When i replace a rear bulb, the radio stops working - twice thats happened, a spring has gone on the clutch and now it screeches every time I change gear, the dachboard sometimes doesnt light up, the door ajar buzzer sometimes goes off for no reason, theres a flat spot sometimes when joining busy roundabouts when it seems like the clutch doesnt disengage and there is no drive. The list is endless. I'm just over half way through paying for the car - have spent over £7000 and still have over £4000 to pay and its falling to bits already. I wish i hadnt bought it and gone for a second hand Mazda 3, or a Focus or Astra. I cant imagine what a state it will be in when the HP expires.

    Dont buy Renaults. They might look good in the showroom but they fall to pieces and the service department dont want to know. The service costs are excessive and on one occassion I turned up for a service (pre-booked with confirmation text message from Renault) and they werent expecting me - to their credit they did the service and it cost over £250, and it needed new front tyres which had worn out in 2 years, despite generally driving carefully.

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