What used Renault Clio hatchback will I get for my budget?
As little as £800 will get you into a Renault Clio of this shape, which seems like remarkable value when you consider what a brilliant little car it is. That said, that amount will only get you a high-mileage or previously crash-damaged example, so it makes sense to spend a little more, especially when £1200 is all you’ll need to get yourself behind the wheel of a tidy, low-mileage early example with service history.
In 2007, an excellent 99bhp 1.2-litre turbocharged petrol engine was added to the Clio range, and it's the one to get, for its great blend of usable performance and fuel economy. You’ll pay around £2000 for a clean example with reasonable mileage.
Two diesel engines, a 1.5-litre and a 1.6-litre, were also available. While their fuel economy figures were admirable, it’s worth weighing up whether they’ll actually save you all that much on the forecourt, especially if you’re a low-mileage driver, and especially given the Clio’s age and potential for costly repairs that comes with an older diesel engine.
Taxing the Clio should be pretty cheap, and certainly not noticeably more expensive than those competitors, but keep an eye on servicing and maintenance costs, as these can be quite a bit higher on the Clio than they are for its rivals.