What used Renault Clio hatchback will I get for my budget?
You’ll need around £4000 to get into a Renault Clio of this generation that hasn’t been classed as a Category C or D insurance write-off (of which there are plenty) and even then you’ll be looking at poorly equipped entry-level models.
Upgrade your budget to £5000 and the choice will be widened significantly, with a good spread of engines. You can buy 0.9-litre petrols and the 1.5 diesel for the same price, and while the diesels tend to have covered higher mileages it’s still rare to find a Clio with much more than 100,000 miles on the clock.
By the time you’re up to £6000 there’s a vast range of low mileage Clios to choose from, while post-2016 facelift cars start from about £7000 if you’re prepared to settle for the lower-powered 1.2 petrol engine.
Clio Renault Sports cost from £9000 to more than £18,000 for a delivery mileage Trophy.
How much does it cost to run a Renault Clio hatchback?
If fuel economy if your primary concern the 1.5 diesel engine is a good choice. It returned almost 90mpg in government tests and will easily exceed 60mpg in normal driving. However, with figures of 65mpg in official tests and between 45-50mpg in normal driving the 0.9 petrol is hardly what you’d call thirsty, and thanks to their low CO2 emissions both of these engines qualify for free or £20 road tax.
Cars registered after the tax changes of April 2017 came into force will pay the annual fee at a flat rate, currently £140 a year.
Renault’s fixed price servicing for cars over three years old ranges from £169 to £269, making it cheaper than a Volkswagen Polo, but pricier than a Ford Fiesta. Renault recommends the car is only serviced every other year, but owners might still consider an annual oil change a worthwhile investment.
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