I bought a Clio 197 in April 08 and have driven the car daily mostly for my 15mile each way commute to work and back. I have to say it is an absolutely superb car and gives me endless joy and excitement every time I get into it.
I previously had a 206Gti which was also a quick little car but not in the same league as the Clio. It’s true the gearing in the Clio is low compared to bigger, slower cars but 6th is on par with 5th in the 206 and runs at about the same revs at motorway speed. At the end of the day its purpose is for fun on A and B roads not endless cruising on motorways (if you want a motorway car buy a Mondeo) As for fuel I average 32mpg which is better than I thought it would be and more than I was getting from the 206
My car is a 56 plate model with a few extras and so far has been faultless having just had its 2nd service, it’s well put together with no creaks, rattles or noises. I wouldn’t recommend one to anyone else though, not because the cars bad but because there’s not any others around and I’ve got my own little bit of exclusivity!
Had the car since March 08. '08' plate. 6k miles so far. On the Road: Great, feels secure and handles well, you get positive feedback from the car and the brakes are VERY good. Running Costs: Great, would like more MPG ;o) AVG 30miles per day in town traffic and get 38 - 40mpg but I have got 55mpg during a 620mile round trip over 4days. In the Cabin: Basic, but has what you need, electric windows are slow, would be nice for the 'one touch' button option as standard. Very little storage space, just the glove box. Drink holders are not practical. Stereo controls on the steering wheel, this is great! Wish I got A/C now. Car windows steam up when it's raining - Air recirculation control pointing down and this can cause the car to steam up. Took me some time to get used to the car, I'm 6ft 3" and like loads of leg room and I don't have the seat back fully. The 3 kids struggle for room in the back, one still uses a car seat and sits in the middle, leg room and head room fine, but they struggle fastening the seatbelts when in the car. All round cracking car, with fuel prices going through the roof, plus road tax going on emissions I thought it was about time to buy a car on running costs and not the 'wants'. Really pleased, for the mileage I do and what I use it for, it's perfect considering the money and the NCAP rating. Great little family car!
Bought the Dynamique TCE a couple of months ago and after the initial "running-in" sluggishness, it is now up to scratch and performs very well! It's quiet and the ease at which it gets up to 50/60 mph is good, but needs to be watched in urban areas as the lack of cabin noise and refinement means you don't realise how fast you are going!
I previously had a 1.4si and this car has the same power but is much easier to drive. I noted the comments about the over sensitive steering but have found the steering to be responsive and feels heavier at speed.
The air con is freezing, the seats are comfy and the car feels and drives like a bigger model.
Overall, it's a nice looker in black and a very good purchase.
I've just returned from Italy where I rented a special edition 'Le Iene'for five days. I drove 800km and the car used less than half a tank.(Half of them on motorways) Very impressive for someone who usually drives petrol cars. I liked the pull of the car in all gears and if I could afford it, the clio would definitely be on my short list. I think I would prefer something slightly smaller and given my relative low annual mileage - 7000 miles- a petrol engine. The cabin was relatively good quality and the A/C worked well. As a point of interest, Diesel is cheaper than petrol in Italy...
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I have run this car as a courtesy car for three weeks. Good points are good build quality and solid interior. Seats and driving position are good and…
Ive had this car for one year now and so far has exeeded my expectations. The car is great at overtaking lorries on the motorway and handles very…