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I will be reviewing my Renault Clio 1999 1.6.
After owning a mk1 Clio I decided I want a faster bigger engine car so I decided to stay loyal to the Clio and buy the mk2 1.6.
I must say I do like the clio and think they have a nice shape. I had an after market exhaust put on my car so make it sound louder and more sporty and put some clio cup race stickers on it. I have had a few friends who has said to me how quick it feels and its only a 1.6. One of my friends said it doesn't seem like a 1.6 so for the speed factors, I will definitely say the Clio wont let you down.
Compare to most cars, especially the older cars (before 2000) the Clio has alot more electrical gadgets, such as electric mirrors, electric sun roof, electric windows, it tells you how many miles per gallon your are doing, how many miles you have left before you run out of fuels, the average speed you are doing and some others.
With my Clio I have had a quite a few things brake and go wrong which have needed changing which includes a whole new exhaust system which cost me £430, my break cylinder has burst, and currently have an oil leak which i have not fixed and also my starter motor broke. Also when I have been doing work to the car some of the bits I need 2 get to are in an awkward positions, especially the starter motor when I had to take it from under the car.
In conclusion I still like the Clio even though I have had a few things brake on it but I suppose thats like any other car and think my next car will be the Clio sport 2 liter.
I have owned my 2002 Dynamique + for nearly 2 years now and have enjoyed every single drive along the way. When I first purchased the vehicle it cost me £2000 with just over 50,000 miles on the clock though it needed some minor maintenance to be done.
The Dynamique + features the extras of an electric sunroof and a thatcham alarm which can be very sensitive to opening the door a little too quickly after unlocking them. On the plus side this gives you a chance to hear that the alarm still works and boy does it work. It is extremely loud and very obvious which can only be a good thing. The sunroof is not so spectacular as mine was leaking when I had purchased it and needed to be refit by a window specialist. This cost me around £100 to fix although I am told it is much more expensive from a dealer and is a common problem with the sunroof. On the note of the sunroof again it does rattle slightly which can be an annoyance at first although I have become used to it and tend to listen to music anyway.
The other features of note that can be found in other clio models are the Air Conditioning, Trip Display, Auto Wipers, Sports Seats, CD Player and steering wheel controls.
The Air Con, although a standard feature in most modern cars is still a very welcome feature in a car of this age and type and works well. The trip display is also a very welcome feature and allows you to toggle an LCD display on the speedometer between different modes including MPG, distance to refuel, miles travelled, gallons of fuel used and a few other settings.
The auto-wipers and lights are the first area where I am going to say the car has let me down. The car is supposed to be fitted with auto-wipers although from my experience these do not work. The wipers simply act as intermittent wipers and the speed can be adjusted using the wiper stork. This is a little dissapointing although I am told it could be an easy fix. As I say this is a little dissapointing as it could have been a very useful feature.
The seats are similar to bucket seats although probably not as narrow, but still very supportive and comfortable. The version I have was fitted with an optional seat material which is a dark grey with silver markings and does a lot to improve the look of the interior. I have seen many clio's fitted with this interior as well so it's likely that most do come with this option as standard.
The CD player was fairly standard although mine did not work correctly. The CD drive decided to stop working so I couldnt eject my disc. I took the drive apart and retrived the disc but opted to get an aftermarket CD player with iPod support instead of a direct replacement. This wasn't really a major issue to me as I intended on doing this anyway and it is commonplace to replace the standard stereo anyway. The company who fitted my CD player also fitted an interface that allowed the steering wheel controls to be fully functional with the new unit and the LCD display on the dahsboard now displays "RENAULT" as opposed to having a blank space which is a nice touch.
Now onto my favoutite area, the performance. When I started out looking for a car the performance was a main area as I was moving from a 1.0 Corsa and wanted something with more punch to stop myself being boxed in and bullied around on motorways. I looked at several cars and the Clio was not actually a car I had considered but after a quick test drive I was hooked.
The car itself is pretty surprising as from teh outside it looks fairly unnasuming and could be mistaken for a 1.2 8v but if anyone makes this mistake they would be very dissapointed. The power and torque as standard are around 110bhp and 110lb/ft respectively which makes the clio very good fun to drive. The 0-60 times vary from around 9.0 to 9.6 seconds although this seems a little conservative and is hindered by the fact that third gear is needed at 56mph. This makes the Clio appear much slower in comparison to a Saxo VTS but in reality the difference is much more minor. At Santa Pod for example I was achieving a time of 16.7 where the VTS' were running 16.4's. The top speed is claimed to be between 120-122mph and although I have never tried it I believe it would exceed that by 10mph although I reckon that applies to most vehicles out there.
The torque is the main strength of the Clio as it produces as much as the VTS as standard and this is highly noticeable when on the motorway in 5th. The car pulls brilliantly for a small non-turbo engine and often changing down into 4th is not necessary. At 30mph I am able to negotiate steep hills in 5th where the car is doing 1500rpm for example.
The engine revs round to around 6500rpm which may seem low compared to other cars but it really doesnt feel like it in reality. The engine note is particularly nice for a small engine and provides a pleasant rumble as opposed to a whiny screech like some similar cars.
The engine is not the only strong point of the Clio though, as the handling and grip are outstanding. The car, when fitted with decent tyres, grips fantastically and feels very stable down country lanes. The suspension is firm without being bone shaking and really gives you confidence. Some models may be fitted with traction control though I know for certain mine is not.
The steering response is excellent and the sharpened steering response of the Dynamique is really noticeable as you can point the car exactly where you want. The power steering on the Clio is electronic and seems to become heavier as your speed increases. This presumably is to help make the car easier to drive at higher speeds and avoid quick, jerky movements of the wheel. The feedback through the wheel is good although i'm told other cars such as the Fiesta are slightly better, none the less it's still great to drive even at low speeds.
The brakes are often an overlooked factor when purchasing a quick (ish) car but often it's something that should be prioritised. The Clio is brilliant in this area and I believe this is the same across all Clio models. I don't have specific figures but I know that my friend in a Nissan Silvia was struggling to match my braking up to a quick-changing set of traffic lights. Fortunately he did otherwise my rear bumper would have been suffering.
Again the Clio does very well in this area although I do have some downsides as well. Tax and Insurance are fairly reasonable group G at around £165 and an insurance group of 17E according to the new insurance ratings which range from 1-50. The car used to be a group 10 and is now relatively lower with the new ratings.
Fuel economy is also surprising and according to the trip computer I have had 60mpg out of it although this involved driving like a baby. More regularly though I achieve over 50mpg on a steady motorway run and 46mpg when driving at 70mph on the motorway. When driving around town it is likely to see between 38 and 43mpg but it all depends on driving style. The official figures are 47.1 (extra-urban) , 39.2 (combined) , 30.2 (urban) but as I said I have never had the MPG drop below 37mpg personally.
The servicing costs have not been an issue as I service the car myself and generally price genuine renault parts up against quality non-genuine parts to see whether its worth getting genuine. To my surprise it often has been and the genuine parts can be surprisingly affordable.
The only dowside can be build quality as the cars are on the cheap side when compared to a VW for example. They are by no means terrible but they do end up with a fair few rattles inside, most of which can be cured by fitting new clips or tightening bolts but they do require a bit of TLC to keep them fresh.
Overall though the car has been pretty reliable and most of the work I have done has been improving the car with mats, door sill trims, uprated bulbs etc to try and make it as good of an example as possible.
Buying costs seem reasonable for what you get and I have seen similar cars going for around £1500 now which to me seems great.
This is also something that can be overlooked but the Clio has great safety credentials. It comes with Driver and Passenger airbags and I also believe it to be fitted with side airbags as well. The car also scored well in NCAP ratings as far as I am aware.
Of course there are faster cars out there but the Clio 1.6 16v is a great middle ground. It's no Clio 172 but that doesn't make the 1.6 16v any less of a car. Of course the Saxo VTS is faster on paper but in reality there are always quicker cars and the Clio has so much more to offer than just its performance.
I have given it 5 starts overall despite the ratings because they just do not take into account the amount of fun this car can provide for the price.
My Renault Clio is only the second car I have had, and in my opinion it is the best car ever. I bought my Clio brand new in 2005, it only had 6 miles on the clock (pre registered) and now 5 years and 28000 miles later it is still going without any problems. It is certainly a reliable car. My dad has Renaults for several years now so when I was looking to replace my first car I had (a bright yellow Suzuki) naturally he suggest Renault .
I have a Clio 1.6 which is perfect for me, it is a small car without looking like it is about to fall apart. I have to admit I am more attracted to a car by its colour and shape rather than performance, and I do like the more rounded shape of the Clio, some cars can be quite square. At the garage I was given the choice between a brand new Clio with no air conditioning or a slightly older one with air conditioning, there was not choice for me it had to be the new one, I had already decided on the nice shiny black brand new one that sat in the show room.
The car I chose came with alloy wheels which was a bonus and diamond bright paint, meaning basically that when you wash the car it does not need polishing very often which is also very handy!!!!! The Clio 1.6 is a 3 door car, the boot has the Renault Diamond shaped symbol in the centre which you press the middle of to open it. The boot is very spacious and has small light in to when you open it, the parcel shelf is also very easy to detach if you need to put large bulky items in the boot, it simply has 2 rubber clips which you push into holes in the side of the boot.
The inside of the car it not massive, but there is only 2 f us that use it so it is plenty big enough for what we need. Inside the interior is grey and very comfortable. The Clio 1.6 has quite a few additional features in it for a small car. Although the back windows do not open both front windows are electric as are the wing mirrors. All controls for these are on the drivers door, there is a button which can be moved around to alter the position of both wing mirrors and 2 buttons which control both the driver and passengers windows, there is a button on the passenger door so that they can open their own window. Also on the passenger door is a hole for a key, you simply put the key in the hole and turn and this switches off the passenger air bag, I believe the idea of this is incase you have a baby seat in the front passenger seat. There is also an air bag in the steering wheel, but this cannot be deactivates.
In the dashboard and front of the car there are various compartments for storage including 2 cup holders, there are 2 large compartments in each door so there is plenty of storage space which is useful if you are taking the car on holiday. The glove box is also spacious and there is plenty of room to keep your CD's and over items out of sight, when you open the glove box a small light comes on making it easy to see inside if you are travelling at night. I think it is quite important for a car to have a large glove box because it means that you can safely leave valuable in the car stored out of sight. There is a small plastic foot rest on the drivers side giving you somewhere to rest your left foot near the clutch (not sure I see the point in this) The Clio 1.6 also has a sun roof, unlike the widows this is not electric and has to be opened by hand, you can not fully open this but only slightly tilt it to let a little bit of air in so it really does not have much effect of cooling the car down, I think I have used it once in the 5 years I have had the car.
In the back of the car there are much less features, the windows cannot be opened however there is a large compartment in both sides of the car, again these can be used for storage or drinks holders during journeys. My Clio and I think this is the same for all of them has a built in CD player and radio, the radio is very easy to tune in. Both the radio and the CD player can be controlled by a leaver on the side of the steering wheel aswell as the usual controls on the actual CD player front. This is much safer when driving alone because it means that you can switch from radio to CD or visa versa or change the radio station without having to look down at the CD player, everything can be done with the buttons on the leaver meaning you have no need to take your eyes off the road, personally I find this very useful as I am always switching radio stations when driving or skipping songs on CDs that I am not keen on, the leaver means I can do this safely.
Now being a typical girl I do not know all the technical bits about my Clio other than where the oil is and how to fill the windscreen wash (all under the bonnet) so I wont even bother to try and describe them (I would probably get it wrong) however I do know that the performance of the Clio is very good, it pulls away nicely when stationary and hardly ever stall. I have had my Clio 1.6 5 years now so far have had not problems what so ever (touch wood) apart from a couple of new tires but then most cars do. I is certainly a hard wearing and reliable car. I would recommend this car to anyone. It is small enough for those do no not enjoy driving a tank around but as all the gadgets inside (well a lot of them) It is a stylish looking car and would suit a single person, a couple or even a small family, although only being a 3 door could be a little tricky with babies. So in short that is basically what a Clio 1.6 consists of (without the technical bits) For me it is the perfect car.
I am the proud owner of a renault clio 1.6 of 8 years and have found it be to be one of my best ever purchases of all time. I have used the car for not only local travel but also for distance travelling in my present job where I accumulate excessive mileage work related. This car has exceeded all my expectations and eight years on is still going like a bomb! So far all I have ever had to spend money on is new tyres and usual annual service. My regular mechanic has expressed surprise at the mileage and how well the car is running. The paint work is impeccable and has never faded (cherry red colour) and there is no rusting. I have easily got my money's worth, and as there are still plenty of these on the road I am hoping to get at least 3-4 more years from this car.
Firstly, the version I have is the 1.6 16v Dynamique. I have had the car for just over 2 weeks now, and I am extremely pleased with it! (The picture shown is the old model) I have started learning to drive a few months ago, and I needed a car so I could practise in and use when I pass my test! I looked around many cars, but the ones that stuck out the most were the VW Golf and the Peugeot 206/307 models. However, I chose the Clio because of the great spec. As standard, the Dynamique has sooooo many features, some you don't even find in luxury cars, such as automatic lights when it gets dark, and auto wipers etc. The car comes with ABS, air con, 15" alloys (which are big enough on a car this size), single cd player (4x22w if this helps any one) with 6 speakers, trip computer, manual sunroof, sports front seats etc the list goes on. When I ordered the car the only 2 options I added were metalic paint and the 'Cool Pack', which is Automatic climate control and electric sunroof. I did'nt get the Golf because for this kind of money, all I could have got was a 1.4E, which is the most basic model, with no alloys, no air con and is one of the slowest cars I have seen for the 0-60mph run (14secs for the Golf, 9.6secs for the Clio). I also didn't get any of the peugeot models because I went to 2 showrooms, and the salesmen were just rude! In one, no one even asked me if I wanted help (I was in there for 35 minutes looking around). The Pug 307 was a bit like the Golf, too pricey. The 206 however, I just didn't like the interior. The car is very nice to drive, even though I haven't passed my test yet :-( I learn to drive in a Ford Focus, and even though nearly everyone says it is ery nice to drive, I don't think it is. The one I learn in also is a 1.6, but it seems like the engine doesn't want to be pushed, whereas the Clio wants to be!, the interior is just, well, ugly, the gearbox is rough and the steeri
ng wheel feels like it will fall off if you pull or push on it! The car is extremely good to sit in, the seats seem to hug you around the side. It seems very economic with fuel, I have had the car 2 weeks, driven it everyday for at least an hour, and the tank is just under half full! The computer is also very useful, it tells you your average consumption, miles done, amount of miles before your next refill, if the engine oil level is ok etc There are driver, passenger and side airbags as standard (other safety things include ABS, rear centre 3 pt seatbelt and seat belt warning. The car got 4/5 stars in the euro nCAP tests, another reason I chose this car), the CD player is a very high quality one for a standard fit, and the volume also increases with the speed you are going, the climate control in mie seems to work very well, especially needed on very hot days, it also tells you the outside temperature. I think this car deserves much more credit than most people give it, some people say it is a 'womens' car, but for me, I don't think it is. The car drives perfectly (although I am still running it in) and has so many 'extras for the price, I think it should be high up on anyones list if they are looking for a similar car.
I've got a 1.6 16v Clio that I've had for the past 4 months. Initially I had not even considered a Clio and had on my shopping list a Seat Ibiza Cupra Sport or a Citroen VTR. I wanted something chunky looking, something that felt solid and like a 'big car', something with alloys and other nice extras, with acceptable insurance and that didn't take a fortnight to reach 60mph, and of course, I had a budget to stick to (give or take a grand). For several reasons I ended up ruling out the Ibiza and the Citroen. I wanted something around 3 years old (this fact alone ruled out the Ibiza Cupra, which was just too expensive at that age for me, also very high insurance cost for such a big engine was a big consideration for me), I wanted something quick, with good acceleration but WITHOUT massivley high insurance, the VTR seemed great, but at the last minute, I decided against this as the examples I had seen that were within my budget seemed to have high mileage, less equipment, felt less substantial to drive, were a bit too commonly seen on the road and came without ABS as standard - to me, if you are going to have a decent engine, then the manufacturers should not even consider selling the car without something as fundamental as ABS. After reading several car reviews on 'hot hatches' I came across the Renault Clio, which I had initially avoided as I had branded it too 'girly', the 1.6 16v especially received great reviews, so I took a look at a bargain one less than 3 years old, very highly spec'ed, sold with FSH and warranty - how could I go wrong! The car has been FANTASTIC. It has lowered sports suspension that gives your ride an exhilarating and edgy feel and it corners nicely (I did have a Fiat Punto which felt like it was going to tip over on every bend, and I've driven loads of other small/medium cars to which it compares very, very favourably to). I've recently been driving a
brand-new Golf, of the exact same technical spec - after 'testing' my Clio against my fiance's Golf, we've basically concluded (to my partners utter dismay!) that they are pretty much equal in performance. The Golf has a feel all of it's own, and price wise it's silly to even compare the two, but it helps to give you a feel for this great, and very underrated car. It accelerates like a little angel and is very happy to shoot off ahead of bigger and much more expensive cars and will excelerate at least as rapidly as the likes of the Citroen VTR, Punto Sporting, Polo and many Golf's (although please don't think the only reason you should buy this car is to be first off the lights?!) - You feel safe and secure, it's not as flimsy as the VTR, and certainly not as common as it! You will pay about the same for a good 3 year old, but the Renault is better spec'ed. As for features on the 1.6 16v, here goes:- Electric sunroof, electric windows, ABS, 6 CD Player, 2 Air Bags, Met paint and Alloy Wheels! Before I witter on for too much longer, I want you to definitely consider this car. I've had no problems with it, it is great fun to drive, it sticks to the road, is fairly fuel efficient (so long as you are not thraping it) and Renault really have done a good job of getting the very best out of the 1.6 litre engine. When I get another pay rise next year (here's hoping), I am considering the 2.0 ltr 16v sport version - I'm a real convert I love it, and if you want a car that fits the same sort of criteria that I had, then you will love it too!