What Car? says

4 out of 5 stars

For Chic supermini offers low running costs on non-performance models

Against It has a poorer drive and a smaller cabin than some rivals, as well as an uncomfortable driving position

Verdict Stylish looks and low running costs give the Clio real appeal

Go for… 1.2 16v Expression

Avoid… Early 1.9 diesels

Renault Clio Hatchback
  • 1. The car's weakest areas are its suspension, brakes and electrics. The automatic gearboxes aren’t strong, either
  • 2. Go for a revised model, introduced in 2001, with improved engines, interior and equipment
  • 3. Some owners report excessive noise and rattling from the sunroof
  • 4. Tall drivers may find the driving position uncomfortable
  • 5. The cabin and boot are rather cramped
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