I got this as my first car it is indeed only a 1.2 unfortunatly but puttin aside lack of speed and power. I personally think its a good looking car and with a nice pair of alloys on it perfects it even more. Having only recently passed my driving test I was looking for a car which wud be low on insurance and this is perfect for the job. renault clios are proving to be popular based upon the good looks and smooth drive. The car handles well on the road and is comfortable for long journeys and has extra such as cd player. my car is in metalic silver which polishes up nicely. The car is very quite when driving which is nice. The car is also very economical on journeys. the boot space is good i personally go mountain biking so the ability to get my bike in the back with ease is helpful.
I last reviewed my Daewoo Matiz which I have since then had to update because it was forever in and out of the garage and being a student I just didnt have the money. I looked about on the Auto Trader and since I didnt really have £9000 to go buy a new car I opted for a second hand one, hopefully that is until I graduate. Anyway, I have always been quite into my cars and having a friend who works at a garage I asked some advice on what cars usually had the most faults and which were going to save me on money. I was recommended the Renault Clio, which I have always liked anyway.
I went to a used car dealer who had a number of Clios and he sounded trustworthy enough and said that they always tend to pass their MOTs fine and dont have a lot of major problems with them. I paid and was soon out on the road. For my age group of younger drivers I was still not too bad with the Clio I got insurance for about £850 a year which to older drivers sounds like a lot but for me who had been quoted £1300 elsewhere this was relatively good. I got my car taxed and it was soon good to go.
The colour range of Clios is quite good they do your typical black, silver but they do golds, teal, ice blue you name it but I stuck for a red one because I notice too many silver cars nowadays and wanted to be a bit more different. At first I found the car spacious from my last model but its big enough inside and very comfortable for long distance journeys. I have a 3 door and even people who have sat in the back seat have never complained about feeling like they dont have a lot of leg room which is good.
The boot of the car is again a good size big enough to fit a lot of things into it. One of my favourite things about the car is how to control the radio because instead of having to touch the usual dials when driving mine has controls on the steering wheel so that I can change stations, put it on mute and adjust the volume saving from major distractions. The radio overall has a really good sound and a digital display too which I like. At times it is annoying when all of a sudden it changes to the traffic station but I can always turn it right back quickly so that this isnt too much trouble.
The sound of the car when its running isnt too noisy, I am someone who likes to try and gain a lot of speed with the car and obviously when it gets to higher speeds it does sort of struggle a bit but once over that mark theres no problems and it runs well. Even at higher speeds it doesnt feel like I am going to loose control of the car and I feel safe in it. The gears again all your usual and easy to get the car in gear. With reversing I have to lift up the gear stick and then put it into reverse which I got confused about at first but now I have no problems with it.
The car has all the usual things like your different headlight settings, the alarm if you go to close your door when the lights are still not turned off. It also has airbags the usual not wearing seatbelt alert light and so its all easy enough to understand. After reading through the manual it came with I adjusted to the car very quickly. The seats go back quite far and also if you need to sleep during a long distance journey the seats go back far enough to do so.
There is a big compartment in the car for keeping sunglasses etc, also each door has space to store things in as well as there being space to keep drinks in if you like to eat in the car.
In terms of how well the car keeps petrol I would say its really good. Normally it costs me about £24 to fill up the whole tank and when driving for say 4 hours I still only find it going down to 1 bar which is great considering my last car would use the petrol so quickly that Id have to stop off nearly every second service station.
The air conditioning system is really good in this car too its easy enough to set you turn the dial around depending on where you want the air to come out of the vents. The temperature setting is easy enough to control as well. I find with this car its great because even if the car has been sitting for a few days if I turn it onto the hottest setting it still heats up pretty well whereas Ive known other cars that take at least 5 minutes for the air to start to heat up.
So overall I feel that the Clio is a good car for motorway and city centre driving. Its comfortable enough to stay in for a while and I always feel safe in the car. The features are all good enough and the sunroof is nice too. Also, the radio is fine and I dont feel like I still havent figured anything out with the car. The steering is great and so far I have been lucky enough to not have any major problems with the car that have set me back hundreds of pounds so Im hoping that it stays like this.
For more information on the Clio go to http://www.renault.co.uk
After a long time of saving to buy a new car I couldnt decide which car to choose. But as soon as I test drove a new Renault clio I knew it was for me a nice smooth drive and most importantly it's got power steering. As little as £6000 which should of been £7495 even better. Ladies this is your part wear a push up bra a low cut top this works a treat and dont forget to mention about the flirting and fluttering eyelashes. I also recommend that you go at the end of the month as each sales rep need to work towards there target. Also a rainy day is good as most people dont want to be going outside on court yards looking at cars and getting soaking wet. Do always stick to your budget.
The Clio 1.2 Grande became part of our family back in September 2001, with the launch of the new X registration. Mum needed a new car seen as I had all but commandeered her old one (Nissan Micra see op). The car was delivered on September 1st and for the first time we had purchased a brand new car. Appearance – The main reason we decided to buy the car in the first place was it’s cutesy image, it has always looked like a bit of a girls car to me but as it was being bought for a girl that seemed fairly appropriate. What more can I say four wheels 2 door, Titanium Metallic Silver. Equipment – For the second to bottom in the Clio range it come surprisingly well equipped. It has Electric front windows and door mirrors. 6 speaker stereo system, which I think is made by long time car stereo stalwart Blankplunt (sorry spelling). It also comes with 2 front air bags, remote central locking and a nifty system which at the time I had only seen on Mercedes. This system means locks the doors once the vehicle gets above a certain speed, and then they can only be opened from the inside, an excellent safety feature on a base model. Performance – considering the engine is on the low side of 1.2, only 1149cc, it is surprisingly nippy around town and can easily handle long journeys on the motorway. Is driven correctly the car can return excellent, frugal fuel consumption figures, around 40 mpg on a long run. Other - Parking is a cinch with power steering as standard and good all round visibility. One thing I feel I must mention is the innovative Renault trademark 3-point centre rear seat belt. Again it is little touches like this that make difference between a Clio and a Fiesta for example. Depreciation is another plus point on this cute little car, the resale value are still high very high despite the recent launch of the much more masculine facelift model. One of the only donwsides i can suggest is th
e dealer network. The nearest one to me is Renault Leicester and they have been average but have by no means bent over backwards to be helpful. They wouldn't let us have a test drive becuase they didn't need to to sell them and if we didn't buy one because we wanted to drive it another punter would jump at the chance. Reliability - in the 6000 miles covered in the car we have not had a single problem, so i can't really say anything else in this section All in all an excellent buy, only one blip in the 15 months ownership came recently when some thug thought it would be funny to drag a key down the length of the car. Still that is hardly the cars fault now is it.