What used Renault Clio hatchback will I get for my budget?
You’ll need around £3000 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 £4000 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 £5000 there’s a vast range of low mileage Clios to choose from, while post-2016 facelift cars start from about £6000 if you’re prepared to settle for the lower-powered 1.2 petrol engine.
Clio Renault Sports cost from £7000 to more than £15,000 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 the old NEDC government tests and will easily exceed 60mpg in normal driving. However, with figures of 65mpg in official NEDC tests (since replaced by the tougher WLTP 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 annual road tax.
Cars registered after the tax changes of April 2017 came into force will pay the annual fee (VED) at a flat rate, currently £145 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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