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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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100 reader reviews for Renault Clio Hatchback.
  • 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.

  • 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!

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