Renault Clio Reviews from France

2001 Renault Clio Authentique 1.5 dCi 65

Model year2001
Year of manufacture2001
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 1.5 dCi 65 Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10
Distance when acquired25600 kilometres
Most recent distance76800 kilometres
Previous carFiat Uno

Summary:

Very economic and versatile small car

Faults:

Very few things went wrong.

When I got the car there was a problem with the tail lights: it's the rear fog lights that would be turned on instead of the tail lights when switching them on. I didn't realize it right away, but after being told off by several people I took the car to the local Renault dealership. They didn't understand what I meant in the first place (not easy to notice the difference in daylight) but I insisted and they finally fixed it. Cost 50 euros.

Otherwise there was a recall from Renault. They had to replace something in the engine (don't know exactly what). I didn't pay anything for that, but I know it was quite a big repair though. It affected all cars of these series (early dCi models without air conditioning).

The battery went dead this winter. It had been below -10°C for several days and the car wasn't used to that.

I also had the windshield washer pump replaced at 78000 km, a simple repair for 19 euros.

General Comments:

This is an excellent car, probably the most versatile small car at the moment.

It's very pleasant to drive and the comfort is also quite good for a car that size: comfortable front seats, little road noise even at 130 km/h.

The engine is only 65 hp, but the turbo does the job and has the necessary oomph to insert in traffic smoothly.

Fuel economy is just awesome. Needs only 5 liters of diesel to cover 100 km (47 mpg).

The noise of the engine is nothing compared to that of a VW TDI.

This one is a basic version so there is no air conditioning or CD player and I regret it (especially in summer).

The backseat isn't roomy at all. It's very uncomfortable for adults to seat in the back.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 17th June, 2005

1992 Renault Clio RL 1.2

Year of manufacture1992
First year of ownership1993
Most recent year of ownership2000
Engine and transmission 1.2 Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.2 / 10
Distance when acquired20000 kilometres
Most recent distance130000 kilometres
Previous carRenault 5

Summary:

Cheap, Solid and cool

Faults:

Did 80K km with it and all was fine. Then, ball bearings, Head Gasket (120000), exhaust... all fell apart at the same time. Costly for a student.

General Comments:

Excellent car for youngsters, easy to drive in cities and even for long trips (I drove from Nice to Northern Scotland with it).

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 22nd May, 2004

1994 Renault Clio Be Bop 1.9 diesel

Year of manufacture1994
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 1.9 diesel Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.4 / 10
Distance when acquired69000 kilometres
Most recent distance156000 kilometres
Previous carRenault 5

Summary:

A super little car for town and touring!

Faults:

Nothing serious, just the normal, expected wear and tear (I say expected meaning for the mileage, age and usage of the car)

One new clutch approximately 20 000km ago which isn't bad considering the car is used for my job as a courier in a busy city (stop and go, stop and go).

Water pump failed when driving home from Marseille (Marseille - Nantes is approximately 900 km). The weather was very hot and she overheated near Angoulême. Not extremely expensive to repair.

Sometimes have trouble with dampness in the motor - damp air from the ocean and the river (especially in summer)

No problems in winter.

Glass wipers on the front and rear need often replacement.

Minor oil leak from the filter. She has had many trips to the repair shop, but we have failed to discover the reason for it.

Wheel bearing needed replacement recently (100km ago) as the wheel began knocking violently on corners and round points.

But as I have said, nothing major has failed... yet!

General Comments:

I am in love with my Clio.

She is economical (I went from my home to England, a distance of approximately 1200km in total, and used only around 100 litres of diesel).

She is also very comfortable. I am rather tall and I have plenty of room for my legs. However the space in the rear seats is a little limited. There are only 2 doors and the tailgate.

I love the heaters. In the winter when temperatures often drop to 2 - 3 degrees here, the car is warm in no time at all.

The front glass de-mister is rather slow, which can be frustrating.

She works well at high and low speeds. Overtaking is easy, even in 5th speed at 110km/h I can reach 140km/h in no time at all for overtaking those annoying lorries! Stop and go traffic is no problem either. She maintains her economy in all conditions.

Very reliable, easy and inexpensive to fix (in France, anyway).

Maybe I am biased, being French and owning a French car, but I truly believe that this is a super car and one of the best that money can buy!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 26th October, 2003

22nd Feb 2004, 16:00

Fantastic review!

I also own a Renault Clio 1.9 Diesel and I love it!

Nothing mechanical has gone wrong with my car - just tyres and high wear things.

I completely agree about the economy in and out of town, as well as the responsiveness of the engine for overtaking in high gears and "getting away quickly" in lower ones!

A1 review! A1 Car!

2000 Renault Clio RXT 1.6

Year of manufacture2000
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2000
Engine and transmission 1.6 Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.8 / 10
Distance when acquired0 kilometres
Most recent distance16000 kilometres
Previous carRenault 9

Summary:

A nice big little car

Faults:

Nothing wrong with this car.

General Comments:

The Clio has changed twice since last year, and I was quite disappointed. A new engine, new headlights, a new CD player...

But it is a good car indeed. Very comfortable, and the 1.6 8V engine has better performance than the new 1.4 16V.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 4th July, 2000

Average review marks: 8.6 / 10, based on 4 reviews