Renault Clio Review from Costa Rica

2002 Renault Clio Expression 2003ed. 1.4 - 16v

Year of manufacture2002
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 1.4 - 16v Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.4 / 10
Distance when acquired21 kilometres
Most recent distance15600 kilometres
Previous carNissan Pathfinder

Summary:

Great car in a small package!

Faults:

Water ran into the trunk through a crack of sorts in the solder with the first rains after purchase.

A fuse blew before the 1,000 km and had to have the car towed away by the dealer's service trucks.

General Comments:

Besides the initial two glitches the car has been awesome.

After driving a Nissan Pathfinder for some years it was great pleasure to return to real driving, feeling every curve of the road and gnawing at straight highways.

Sure enough with a 1.4 engine with 100 horse power you can't expect to be the fastest thing on the road, but at least it beats all the SUV and is a good competition to most cars on the road.

The Clio's handling on curvy, wet roads and in emergency breaking situations is unlike anything I had experienced before. This is really the car for mountainous (but paved) terrain.

As to fuel economy I can't complain, with the air conditioning turned on most of the time in urban conditions I am still getting an average of 8.4 liters per 100 km (that's 28.7 miles per gallon for the USA folks).

Overall; smart looking car, could do with a little more engine power, feels Good to drive it!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 19th May, 2003

Average review marks: 8.4 / 10, based on 1 review