I previously had this car and was happy with it to a certain extent. Driving wise the Clio has speed and is nippy. I feel that at high speeds they are quiet and steady for those reasons you will always feel in control. I would say its fairly average comfort wise for long journeys (there is worse). Its a all round decent car. HoweverI think the interior looks cheap and doesnt feel welcoming. For first time drivers this is a good car. They are cheap to run and easy to drive. Insurance is going up daily so this is also an important factor. There are many good cars out there that would be a lot cheaper for instance a Renault Clio 1.2 Dynamque. They also look exactly the same but obviously slower. The CD player isnt bad and is easy to work. The speakers could be better (there are speakers ar back of car also). Its a good all round cheapish car thats easy to drive. Quite an average car in most aspects. Just to add the security aspects are at a good standard.
top car, nippy, for a 65hp clio, managed to do 124mph, bin allover in it, never let me down, even in snow. fun to drive, can average 65mpg. tax is £30 ayear. the only problem i had, was pre heaterplugs, which were £15 from ebay, i want a clio 182 next?????
We had a Renault Clio for 3 years, it cost us £9000 new.
Sleek and black, it is small but perfectly formed with two doors and a boot, electric windows, cd player air conditioning, the car looks fairly good, however the seats aren't secure with the back seats easily coming loose. The car shape is sleek but also boxy and perhaps not for anyone other than couples.
This is my big bugbear with the car, in the past i've had cars where spares were easy to find and easy to fix, with the Renault Clio, we had problems for years which could only be fixed through Renault Diagnostics (Paying hundreds of pounds to plug the car into a renault computer) which took 10 minutes but cost a lot. We had 5 expensive problems with the car which means I never want another Renault as I don't feel they are reliable or particularly cheap to repair.
When the car worked it could drive smoothly and gear changes were easy, the car has good steering and brakes, however the reliability issues meant that more often than not it would break down at junctions or other places which meant it just wasn't good value for money. Being Diesel it was noisy too
It looks fairly nice in a small boxy way, it is easy to drive and offers young drivers a cheap first car, however the reliability sucks, the cost of repairs via a diagnostic computer are a bit of a swizz and because it was run on diagnostics it picked up lots of faults due to silly little things rather than anything to do with the driving.
Having owned a dozen or so cars over the last decade, I think I can safely say I have found a keeper with this little charm. My primary reason for buying the 2002 1.5 DCI Expression was fuel economy and this one has it. I had previously reserached other similar sized diesels including Corsas and Fiestas but this one came up trumps on MPG.
Last month, I managed to get 715 miles on a full tank of diesel (costing about £52). This equates to well above 70+mpg. With a commute of 100 miles a day, I am saving money like never before. The tax is an equally impressive £35 a year. My tip is to keep the car between 60-65mph on the motorway and you will save a good 20% in fuel economy compared to a cruise at 75+mph.
Aside from the obvious economic benefits of the Clio, the car is a very standard, not-too-plush, hatchback with a simple dashboard and basic features, including a radio cassette and electric windows. The ride is comfortable though noisy (much like any diesel) and the power steering is a dream with such a nimble car. Pulling away from roundabouts is a slow affair, especially when the primary reason for buying this car is to save money. However, you should not let that put you off this purchase because the advantages far outweigh the initial sluggish acceleration.
My only gripe, and it is something I am certain a lot of drivers would appreciate, is the lack of on-board trip computer as standard. I would like to vary my driving style accordingly to save money and a trip computer would have made this much easier. However, with my 715 miles on one tank, I really should not complain!
My car is the mk2 reshape 2001 onwards, Dynamique version which means it looks slightly sportier and has extra electrics included and alloy wheels as standard.
I have had a bad experience with this car which may have effected my judgement slightly. It had faulty piston rings when bought but lets not get into that and they had to be repaired.
So far no dodgy electronics, or rattles as such, the sun roof does not leak as reported and although the fuel gage goes off and shows empty when sometimes has 100 miles left in the tank which can be quite annoying.
Do I like this car, well yes and no, possibly more yes than no.
I think it is decent to drive including the way it handles, it feels solid enough and has good leg and head room at the front and about average for the car size in the back, it's boot space is quite big and tall too.
Watch out for the turbo and make sure the car is serviced regular and less miles than the 1800k indicated.
The erg valve near the air filter will want cleaning every so often too.
The Parts are cheap that I have had so far but I don't like the Renault dealers much and it's better to get after market parts at the fraction of the price.
When it comes to repairs do it your self style, you need a star shaped key for a few things.
I have managed on average ranging from 55 mpg to at least 76 mpg on various roads. 6 pounds in todays prices registers about 106 and 10 pounds gets you 160 odd as for a full tank costing £60 I got about 630 miles out of it. With the low tax bracket, high mpg and low insurance you can put up with the niggles about this car and can give you a smile on your face.
Renault clio's, like many cars and humans have came in all shapes variety's and sizes down the years ha ha, but one thing is for sure they're are a great first car for anyone looking to get they're wheels on the road. I myself have the 1.5 dci 2003 model and its my first car which I'm very pleased with hence being a 7 y.o car.
One of the best points about the clio is that its as nippy as a cat up a try, very good handling making you feel more at ease when out on the sometimes treacherous roads!
I particularly like the layout of this bubble shaped model as everything is exactly where you need it from the buttons on your center panel to the levers on the seats for adjusting the best driving height and position that suits.
Exterior - personally i think they are quite cool looking cars majority would say a girly car id disagree compared to the likes of the VW beetle or Mini ha ha. I like the fact that there's a lot you can also do to clios on the outside and interior to suit your own needs the list is endless! I really like how quick the back demister works on the clio when its covered with condensation or ice from the days you wish you didn't have to drive.
Interior - colour wise from the dash point of view its not the most colourful car you've seen out there with the dull grayish effect going on throughout but at the same time the design features of it aren't that bad at all compared to sum other car brands from the same year or so. A lot of the clio's can have rather funky (ridiculously looking) designs on the seats, thankfully i got rather nice blue seats with the grayish bits for the sides of the bucket seats (yes that's right bucket seats!!) as standard you cant go wrong with that. Speaking of which are very comfortable! wouldn't want a sore bum driving about on the roads here lol.
CD/radio player - well to my amazement the sound quality is really good, loud and crisp. have the volume at 20 and you'd have your own club in a car and yes it goes louder! (nothing like listening to 'Journey - Don't stop believing' in the morning hoping that work will go in that we bit faster).
Tax - well it kind of speaks for itself £35 a year, cheap as chips and another good advantage of a diesel, few extra pennies for your money box.
Besides all that. you can actually get yourself one of these clios for a small fortune. depending on how good your bargaining skills are if you're looking privately ofcourse ha ha.
In terms of how much you'll be making those dreaded trips to the garage to fill up that beloved tank of yours i usually put in £40 at the start of every month depending on how much I'm driving of course sometimes less and that usually gets me around 500 miles or just over which sees me through nicely.
There are some bad points like the fact that the heater takes so long to warm up, always a nuisance in those cold winter mornings. you'd be as well wearing 4 layers of clothing for a while. Also a common problem with clio's as happens in mine and a few other people's i know, the sunroof always seems to take so much a of battering when raining heavily that it leaks after a while leaving in my case a circle water stain on my drivers seat. Verryyy annoying!!
I have owned my Renault Clio since June of last year and have enjoyed every minute of it. The main reason I bought this car was to save money, being able to get around 540 miles to a full tank compared to the 220 with my previous car. Also, because of the small engine, the road tax is only £35.00 a year! Bargain! I have used this car to travel all over, on one weekend doing 12 hours of constant driving. This plucky little car just ate up the mile without a single hint of a complaint, and I was extremely comfortable and relaxed driving it for this entire time.
However, I did have some trouble when my gearbox bairings collapsed and had to have the whole gearbox rebuilt - apparantly this is a problem with the clio after around 62,000 miles use - so keep an eye on that mileometer! Also, my bonnet release cable has stretched, so now that also has to be replaced. However, generally speaking, I am pleased with this economical little car which is a good workhorse and is comfortable and enjoyable to drive - I won't be going back to a big car again!
My wife owned this model from January 2003 when she purchased a new one on the Renault options scheme, you know the knid of thing nice low monthly payments and then a lump su at the end, hand it back or use it to trade in against a new car.
We plumpedfor the Renault because my wife loved the shape, she thought it was quite a funky little car at the time and it was well enough equipped, with electric windows, CD player and air condiyioning etc.
It drove extrememly well and the Diesel engine returned ridiculous fuel economy, well into the 50 mpg, quite often 60 mpg plus!
It was comfortable to drive and also be a passenger in and would sit all day on the motorway at 70 mph without a problem.
The car was incredibly reliable althoought o be fair you would expect it to be as it was bought from new.
The only problem we experienced was a recall for the power steering pump which was sorted very quickly. Other than this we had no problems in 3 years of ownership.
My wife would have undoubtedly had another but she got a job which gave her a company car so after 3 years we handed the Clio back.
If you want a small economical car and come across one of these second hand give it serious consideration.
I purchased my used car in March. It was registered in July 02 and had covered just over 11000 miles. I saved £1700 by buying nearly new, and what a brilliant buy it is. I am getting on average over 65 mpg which equates to over 700 miles on one tank of diesel! The car has an excellent spec - ABS/Electric Windows/4 x airbags/CD/Sunroof. My clio also has automatic lights and wipers! Overall, it is a well sorted little car, well specified, comfortable with a brilliant little engine.
We recently had a need to hire a car, and we ended up with the new Renault Clio 1.5 Dci. We didn’t ask for a diesel in particular, we were just allocated one. However in the past, I have owned a Rover metro diesel and an Audi A3 1.9 turbodiesel, and in particular I miss the economy, as I tend to drive a lot of miles each year. We had never driven a Clio before, although we do own a 1997 Renault Laguna, and Mr B would quite like one of the new ones, only we don’t have £15000 to spare so he will need to dream on. I on the other hand am currently driving an 11 year old Honda Accord 2.0 i, which costs me a fortune to insure, so I wouldn’t mind getting something small and nippy again. Right I will get to the point of the op. We really loved the little Clio. The new shape, out in September this year, is pretty good looking, in particular the new headlights. The car felt roomy, we had plenty of headroom in the front. We did not use the back of the car at all, however I believe it would be adequate for children, but perhaps not designed for six-footers! We had a metallic grey silver version, and the inside of the car was tasteful, and felt solid, not cheap. The doors closed with a solid thud, not the tinny rattle of some small cars I won't mention. The model we hired was the Clio Expression + which came with air conditioning. We had the three-door version, but it is available in 5 door also. All Clio’s come with ABS brakes, driver, and front passenger airbags, Renault anti Intruder device and an immobiliser. If you pay attention to car advertising and motoring magazine, you will doubtless know that the Renault Laguna was awarded five Stars in the Euro-NCAP tests, the only car to have achieved this. The Clio on the other hand has been awarded four stars, a pretty good result regardless. The car was extremely economical, we barely used a half-tank in the few days we had the car. Official tests p
ut the Clio’s fuel consumption at 67.3 mpg (combined), which is pretty good. It also has low CO2 emissions at 113g/km. In fact the car is the most efficient in Britain, on sale today. The engine comes in 65bhp and soon an 80-bhp version. The car comes as insurance group 4E, which should mean cheap insurance in the future. For a diesel, the car was surprisingly nippy, given that it was not turbo-charged, like my last diesel. Technology is always advancing and the Clio uses Common Rail technology, which is a more efficient way of using fuel. Official Renault literature also claims that there are reduced noise levels, and increased pulling power, both of which were noticeable to us. As well as the Expression there is a model called Dynamique, which has the diesel variant for £9195. This model has a sporty feel, with sports seats, steering wheel and sports suspension. This version is available in three-door only. Optional extras include a navigation system, cruise control, and car telephone equipment. I fell in love with the little car for the period we had it, and so I have now been to my local Renault dealer to take a look at prices and so on. The Clio range starts at £7995 for the 1.2 Expression. The car we drove costs £9195, and the five door version an additional £500. Free insurance is also available and Renault is advertising these cars for £200 customer deposit, and between £175 to £200 per month/36 months, with a final payment. Mr B. says I have to get a job before I can have one though, dang it, so I am off for an interview this afternoon! I have seen cars advertised for as little as £7995, usually ex demonstrators, so there might be a bargain out there for me yet. The diesels though are quite hard to get a hold of, and having driven one for a few days, I can understand why. If you have one of the diesels, please let me know how happy you are with it by commenting on this opinion, Many t