Arguably France’s best-known car brand, Renault has a long-standing reputation for producing practical, good-value small cars.
At the heart of the company's current line-up is the Renault Clio, a keenly-priced rival for the Ford Fiesta and VW Polo that scores well on running costs and engine refinement. There's also a small SUV version of the car; the Renault Captur is one of the best rivals for the Nissan Juke.
Renault has a larger family SUV, called Kadjar, that shares a lot of parts with the Nissan Qashqai but offers more aggressive pricing than its sister vehicle. The company's two MPVs, the Scenic and Grand Scenic, both offer hard-wearing, durable family transport.
The rest of the range is more patchy. The novel rear-engined Renault Twingo is quirky but undeniably flawed, while the VW Golf-rivalling Renault Megane is pretty dated and ready for the replacement that's due in 2016.
Renault has also invested heavily in electric vehicles and offers two of the more interesting options in this still-developing area of the market. The Twizy is a quadricycle that's cheap but really only suited to use around town, while the Zoe is a capable all-electric supermini that can offer low running costs and appealing practicality.
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