Used Renault Clio Hatchback 1998 - 2005 review

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1998 - 2005 review
Renault Clio Hatchback (98 - 05)
  • Renault Clio Hatchback (98 - 05)
  • Renault Clio Hatchback (98 - 05)
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Which used Renault Clio hatchback should I buy?

In April 2001, a revised Clio was introduced, and this is the best version to buy. It has a range of more modern engines, including our favourite, the 1.2 16v. This has a delightfully perky nature that makes the best of the chassis without overtaxing it.

At the same time, the dCi diesels appeared for the first time, and they are markedly better than the unrefined 1.9-litre units they replaced.

Interior quality, too, was improved at this point, as was the standard equipment. Four airbags, remote central locking and ABS became standard, while air-con, alloy wheels and a CD player were fitted on a significant number of models.

The pick of the many trims is Expression, one step up from the basic Authentique and introduced with the 2001 revisions. This has a sunroof, CD player and height adjustment on the driver's seat. Stepping up to Dynamique adds alloys, while Privilege has air-con, and top-spec Initiale has four electric windows and a powered sunroof.

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