The Clio is powered by some of the best engines in its class giving economical and polished performances. Around town the 1.2 litre is superb and if longer journeys are more common the 1.5 turbodiesel is both quiet and economical. The rear-wheel drive, rear-engined 3.0 V6, 230bhp certainly adds Va Va Voom to the range. Although handling has been improved on the latest Clio, thanks to an updated rear suspension, standard models still suffer from body roll and poor driver feedback – in contrast with the Dynamique and Renaultsport.Renault has enhanced the design of the cabin and controls on the latest Clio, which is now well laid out. However driver position is not brilliant, the steering could do with reach adjustments and seats are a little soft. The Clio’s excellent all round visibility and compact design makes zipping around town a breeze. And the power steering, standard on all models, makes light work of parking.
Although not best in class, the Clio’s passenger space is reasonable for its class and will accommodate two adults in the rear in reasonable comfort. On longer journeys wind and road noise are a little high and some of the smaller engines sound a little harsh when pressed.
The Renault Clio has a good-sized boot, 9 cu ft expanding to 36.6 cu ft with the rear seats folded.
It is in this category that the Clio scores very highly, standard equipment includes, power steering, remote central locking, driver and passenger airbags, electric front windows and anti-lock brakes. The standard stereo is easy to use with fingertip controls and a single play CD player comes as standard on higher specification models.
Safety & Security
The previous Clio scored very well in NCAP crash tests and the new Clio has had a strengthened crash structure, which should improve things further. The Clio also comes with four airbags, anti-lock brakes and Isofix child seat mountings as standard.
Quality & Reliability
The Renault Clio comes with a three-year warranty and mechanicals are well proven. Although the cabin has been improved it still falls short of the benchmark established by VW.
The Clio is an economical car to run, engines return excellent fuel consumption figures, diesels returning over 65mp. Service intervals are every 18000 miles or two years and the Clio is also a fairly cheap car to insure. On the down side the Clio depreciation over three years is high.
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