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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 Renaultsport 197 3dr

    Ben Hume Date: 30/11/2008
    • 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
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Average MPG
      30

    My car

    The 197 looks subtle, purposeful and it's clearly not a normal Clio. It sits very squat with its flared front / rear arches and wide bumpers - Renault have gone a lot of effort.

    For a smallish car, the interior is relatively high quality and better than previous incarnations. It's also quite practical with rear seats folded. There is the odd rattle, but the effect is a lot better than Renault's reputation would have you belive.

    I had the gearbox replaced under warranty (my only issue so far) and it now has the taller 5th/6th ratios as fitted to post-October '07 cars. Fuel economy can be very good if you're gentle (40mpg), but around town, you're looking at 27mpg. My first service cost £175 and I've averaged about 30mpg overall, which I think is very fair - it is a near-200bhp car after all.

    The engine in mine really started to come alive at 6k miles and now pulls really well. It's very torquey for a non-turbo engine and has a nice peak from about 2,500rpm. The standard exhaust soundproofing degrades slightly over time and sounds excellent with 12k on the clock.

    The handling and braking are excellent - I cannot describe how much confidence this car imparts on all varieties of surface, but especially over typical A/B-roads.

    Overall, I'm very pleased with my 197. I could afford a more expensive hot hatch or small coupe, but there really aren't many cars between this and an Audi S3 (nearly twice the price) that I'd consider.

  • 1.5 dCi 86 Dynamique S 3dr

    Angela Baines , Wales . Date: 12/11/2008
    • Overall verdict
      4 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
    • Average MPG
      49

    My car

    I've owned the car since September and am delighted with it. I've had a sunroof/xenon headlights/cruise control etc as extras - no regrets. I know there are comments about sunroofs not being great in Renaults, but speaking from experience - it's great. The xenons are also well worthwhile, especially with the cornering lights. The parcel shelf is a bit flimsy and I only get 49mpg (diesel), but apart from that - I would definitely recommend the car and in the past I've owned Audis and BMWs!

  • 2.0 Renaultsport 197 3dr

    Richard Grant , Somerset . Date: 23/10/2008
    • 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
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Average MPG
      32

    My car

    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!

  • 1.2 16v Expression 5dr

    Craig Davies , CHESHIRE . Date: 07/10/2008
    • 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
      44

    My car

    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!

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