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4 out of 5 stars

For The Clio is one of the best superminis – it's stylish, well built, refined and roomy

Against It's not cheap compared with its competitors, and the steering is lifeless

Verdict A chic but grown-up supermini that oozes quality

Go for… 1.4-litre Dynamique

Avoid… 1.6 VVT Initiale

Renault Clio Hatchback
  • 1. Suspension and brake problems are the most frequent complaints on older models
  • 2. Servicing is quite pricey for the class, with Fiesta owners paying considerably less for routine maintenance
  • 3. Go for the 1.4 petrol engine. It has a good balance of power and fuel economy, and it's cheap
  • 4. Interior quality is fantastic, but the lowest-spec cars miss out on soft-touch dash trim
  • 5. The cabin is roomy and will take four adults in comfort
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