2006 Renault Clio III Expression 1.2 16v
Economic, reliable, stylish little city runner
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.
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.