Renault Clio Reviews from Turkey

2008 Renault Clio III Extreme 1.2 16v

Year of manufacture2008
First year of ownership2011
Most recent year of ownership2011
Engine and transmission 1.2 16v Semi-Automatic
Performance marks 5 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10
Distance when acquired48000 kilometres
Most recent distance51000 kilometres
Previous carRenault Clio

Summary:

Fulfills the demands

Faults:

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.

General Comments:

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

2001 Renault Clio RXT 1.4 16v

Model year2001
Year of manufacture2001
First year of ownership2007
Most recent year of ownership2009
Engine and transmission 1.4 16v Automatic
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 4 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.6 / 10
Distance when acquired78000 kilometres
Most recent distance104000 kilometres
Previous carRenault 11

Summary:

Easy to use

Faults:

I bought it at 78000 kms. The brake pads were bad and had them changed first, and the first trouble I had with this car was the magnetic sensor. The engine denied starting on the day I bought.

After a big accident I had, the nightmare started. Thought I could have it fixed as it was before the accident, but no. The biggest mistake in my life was trying to have it repaired.

The dealer service is very expensive and they seem like they don't want to repair your "fixed by other service" car. I waited for a cable from the headquarters for 2 weeks. This made me go crazy, I walked to work on rainy days.

On the other hand, the maintenance can be done outside at a special mechanic; costs one third compared to dealer service.

General Comments:

It was full of specialties such as electric sunroof, auto locking doors, the consumption checker, comfortable front seats (I don't have a large family, no comment about the back seats), auto operating back wiper on Reverse gear etc.

The petrol consumption was fine, especially on the motorways. A full tank goes about 650 kms if you drive economically.

The engine surprised me first after my 72 hp Renault 11. When you kick down, you will be satisfied with the acceleration you get. It was not as rapid as a 1.6 16v 110 hp, but also not much slower than the 110 hp.

The brakes were also satisfying, at 140 kmh, when panic braking, the car doesn't go out of the way and the ABS does its job well.

I don't have a car now, and I want to buy a 2002-2003 1.4 16v Privilege.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 13th January, 2010

2006 Renault Clio III Expression 1.2 16v

Model year2007
Year of manufacture2006
First year of ownership2007
Most recent year of ownership2009
Engine and transmission 1.2 16v Manual
Performance marks 5 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.0 / 10
Distance when acquired0 miles
Most recent distance23000 miles

Summary:

Economic, reliable, stylish little city runner

Faults:

One of the tail lights went off at 200 miles - replaced under warranty.

The catalytic converter failed at 6000 miles - the part was delivered faulty from the factory according to the service people. Replaced under warranty.

The overheat warning light came on at 10000 miles - service mistakenly left the fan's electric connector disconnected.

General Comments:

I've been driving this car for over one year, so I think I'm qualified enough to evaluate it.

First of all, I think it's a pretty decent little car with low running costs. The car's performance is satisfactory considering it has a tiny engine.

Handling is better than I thought. The car rides very smooth on highway. Shock absorbers work nice on bumpy roads. Stability at high speeds is very satisfactory. The top speed I reached was 140 mph and the car was still stable. Car doesn't take much noise inside the cabin, until you hit 80 mph.

The trunk capacity is far from small for a super mini.

Safety stats were a big buying point for me.

Fuel economy is phenomenal for a gasoline car. I get about 35 MPG in city and 45-50 highway..

I like the design of the car. Being an aerospace engineer, I consider myself meticulous about the car's design, largely about aerodynamic performance, drag coefficients etc. But I think Renault designers did a really nice work on Clio's front end design.

Despite the car being considered overall good, it still has some negative points: There's no sign of comfort in the back seats. Long uphills become a pain shortly; a 1.2 liter engine is no good for mountain climbs.

Although it has a few drawbacks, I like this car and am completely satisfied with it.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 13th January, 2009

25th Nov 2010, 00:27

140 MPH?. That is a lot quicker than my Mark 3 1.5 Diesel!. Maybe should have been KPH, not MPH??

28th Jul 2013, 06:33

Well there was a slight downward slope when I hit 140. That tiny 1.2 engine by no means capable of reaching 140 on its own of course.

28th Jul 2013, 08:15

I don't think it would hit 140mph even if you threw it out of an aeroplane...

15th Sep 2013, 11:34

I can barely get 110 out of mine; 140 is a massive doubt.

Average review marks: 7.6 / 10, based on 5 reviews