I have owned a 2.0 VVT Privilege model since March 2004. It's a real head turner and very comfortable. If the driver is 5'6" tall or less, there is still good legroom in the back but, like most four-seat convertibles, the rear seat-backs are almost vertical and can be uncomfortable over long distances.
If you are considering this car, definitely go for the diesel as it's faster in real-world driving than the 2.0-litre petrol (you can overtake cars without thrashing the engine) and it's more fuel efficient.
The 2.0 petrol is fine for cruising, but it is not fast - you need to rev it to around 4000rpm to get reasonable power, and there is a heavy flywheel effect, most noticeable when gently revving with the clutch depressed. The steering is said to be uncommunicative, but after some time with the car, you learn the nuances of its communication. I have caught a couple of unexpected oversteer moments on slick roundabouts without fishtailing.
Overall - highly recommended. I'd certainly buy another one.
I have the diesel Privilege. It's quiet with the roof up and still manages to retain its quiet progress with the roof down and road speed below 50mph. Gear change and engine are a delight. Fuel consumption is excellent with around 55mpg easily achieveable at motorway speeds.
The glass roof makes it feel light and airy - a real bonus on days when it is too cold to put the roof down.
The stereo buttons are too small and fiddly and the seatbelt is difficult to engage but that apart the build quality and design lead the market. It is certainly superior to the BMW 3 Series convertible.
Well done Renault for daring to be different and getting it so right.
GOOD LOOKER, HOWEVER THE 1.6 ENGINE COULD USE MORE POWER. BE PREPARED TO CONTORT YOUR BODY WHEN TRYING TO GET OUT OF THE CAR IN CAR PARKS, THIS IS DUE TO THE DOORS BEING SO WIDE. IT LOOKS SPORTY HOWEVER DID NOT DRIVE THAT WAY.
It's a great, soft ride, and handles well at speed round bends. There isn't much of a fight, and it doesn't seem to over/under steer much.
I have even under taken the odd time on roundabouts even, and it was fine with this move!!
The boot is spacious, with the roof up, and of couirse there isn't a load of of room when the roof is down, but you dont buy this type of car for the boot space.
The diesel is definitely the best, especially with the turbo. Also, it returns well even in town.
It's the best car for the money, especially when you look at what else the same money could buy you.
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Amazing car, once driven, never forgotton, forget all the pretenders like BMW Z4 and Mercedes SLK, they will never have the passion of a Porsche
I love this car! Handling is great, its fun to drive and even reasonably practical!