Fulfills the demands
I bought this car two weeks ago. My previous one was a Clio RXT 1.4 16v 98hp automatic transmission. I'm interested in driving an automatic or semi automatic car, that's why I'm on it now.
This new Clio of mine has a 1.2 16v 80hp engine. In city driving, it is really fun to drive this car because of its low consumption. The average is 7,2lt/100km in city driving. Comfortable and roomy enough, especially after the Clio 2.
On the motorway this engine has disadvantages in consumption and performance. Going up the hills is challenging for this car, it needs to shift down to 3rd, even sometimes 2nd. And also if there are 4 people in the car, you need to keep a long distance for overtaking.
Rear visibility is challenging. A parking sensor needed.
The car is black, but the cockpit has blue lines, which I couldn't understand.
After driving a 2001 Clio 2 for four years, this Clio 3 replacement fulfills my demands, which were lower petrol consumption, a larger inside, new, less need for service. The cruise control works great on highway. I rarely use the gas pedal. And also the gear pads on the steering wheel (I call them "the ears") are very easy to use. The gearbox doesn't allow you to make a mis-shift while driving.
Handling is better than Clio 2, with larger tyres and higher weight. The steering wheel responds to the driver reactions easily.
Braking is good, gives confidence.
The dashboard looks sporty, even it is miles away from working sporty.
The seats are comfortable enough that after driving 7 hours in a day, I didn't feel any backache.
I highly recommend this car if you aren't interested in racing, but low consumption.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 4th May, 2011