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Renault Clio Hatchback (05 - 13) review

(2005 - 2013)
Renault Clio Hatchback (05 - 13)
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1 Dec 2016 11:56 | Last updated: 13 Jun 2018 18:55

What's the used Renault Clio hatchback like?

Long gone are the days of Nicole and Papa, but the Renault Clio is still close to British buyers’ hearts.

This generation of the small hatchback is particularly appealing, because it's the version with which the Clio grew up a little, blending the Parisian chic for which it had become known with more expensive materials and better attention to comfort and space.

The result is an interior that delights, with all but the lowest-spec cars featuring soft-touch dash trim that give them a classy feel. The Clio’s interior is roomy, too, and four adults will fit in comfort.

Adding to the Clio's mature nature is its suppression of wind and road noise, which puts many bigger, more expensive cars to shame, and it can melt away a long journey like few other small cars. It’s also one of the safest cars of its age and size.

Rivals like the Ford Fiesta and Volkswagen Polo offer more involving handling and an even classier interior, but the Clio treads a nice line between the two and throws in a bit of fashion, too. The fact it’s also available for bargain-bin prices these days only adds to its appeal.

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