2003 Renault Thalia 1.5 dCi Expression 1.5 diesel
For a given price range, probably the best small family sedan offered in this market
On several occasions, in cold weather (frost), trunk lock stuck after opening the lid, but it unlocks when you press it from inside.
This is a sedan version of a Clio, equipped with 1.5 liter 65 hp diesel engine, assembled in Turkey. Featuring a large (510 liters) trunk it is a small family sedan targeted for the Central and Eastern European markets.
Generally, I am very satisfied with the car. It was designed to carry up to 5 people and a lot of luggage a the same time and it performs this duty very well. However, there is not so much space for passengers in the back, but this could not have been expected from a vehicle derived out of such a small car as Clio.
The engine is powerful enough for urban driving and provides a pleasant drive on motorways, but its not designed for aggressive overtaking. On the other hand, fuel economy is excellent. On highway it may consume as little as 4,3 liters per 100 km (with air-conditioning turned on!), while in the cold weather and heavy-duty urban cycle it never consumes more than 7,2 liters per 100 km.
Brakes are very good.
Warranty period is two years, which is more than some competitors offer in this market.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 25th March, 2004