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Renault Clio Hatchback (05 - 13) review

(2005 - 2013)
Renault Clio Hatchback (05 - 13)
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What alternatives should I consider to a used Renault Clio hatchback?

The Ford Fiesta that came out in 2009 is a whole lot more entertaining to drive than the Clio and just as comfortable on the motorway, but its interior doesn’t feel quite as nicely designed. It’s worth a look if it’s within your budget.

The Volkswagen Polo has always been a popular small car thanks to its high-quality interior, efficient engines and grown-up feel. However, it’s more expenisve to buy than the Clio, so you’ll have to spend more to get an equivalent example.

The Mazda 2 has a cheap-feeling interior, but it’s great to drive and feels well put-together. It also has a great reputation for reliability and has a decent range of engines.

The Hyundai i20 came as standard with a five-year warranty, which means if you buy a late enough example, you’ll still get some of that remaining. It’s also comfortable and quiet, although rther bland to drive.

What alternatives should I consider to a used Renault Clio hatchback?

If none of these options appeal, you could also try the Honda Jazz, which seems to be very reliable and has flexible, flip-up rear seats that make it more practical than most small cars. It has quite a firm ride, though.

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Renault Clio Hatchback (05 - 13)
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Verdict

The Renault Clio is a stylish small car that's comfortable, spacious and has a classy interior

  • Stylish looks
  • Classy-feeling interior
  • Roomy
  • Lifeless steering
  • Electrics can be problematic
  • Build quality not the best