Advice for buyers
What should I look for in a used Renault Clio hatchback?
With cars as popular as the Renault Clio there’s really no need to compromise on things such as a lack of service history because if the car you’re looking at doesn’t have it the next one almost certainly will.
You should also pay close attention to the condition of the bodywork because the Clio has always been popular with young drivers who might not be as spatially aware as those with more experience. With rear visibility in particular being tricky look for damage at the rear of the car.
What are the most common problems with a used Renault Clio hatchback?
Suspension and electrical issues
The most common problems identified with the car in the What Car? Reliability Index concern axle and suspension and electrical faults so be sure to listen for any knocks or bangs on the test drive and check that items such as the electric windows and touchscreen system work properly.
However, on the whole, this generation of Clio is holding up well as a used buy with no major or consistent faults reported. Even the 1.5 dCi seems to avoid the diesel particulate filter problems than can affect other diesels, so it’s really just a case of insisting on a fully stamped service book and looking for obvious signs of neglect.
While not a fault, the Clio’s automatic gearbox can be rather slow to respond when you accelerate hard so it’s worth doing a decent test drive before committing to purchase. The same goes for the automatic-only Clio Renault Sports.