1995 Renault Clio 16v 1.8 from UK and Ireland


Amazing hot hatch



Make sure you buy a mint one, otherwise they don't run nearly as fast as they should, and it will fall to pieces.

General Comments:

Having previously owned a Clio 1.8 RSi for little over a year, which was beginning to show its age quite badly, I decided to upgrade to the 16v.

Having modded the RSi with a full Mongoose system, de-cat and induction kit, I didn't think there would be any difference between the RSi and 16v performance wise, due to the torque and gearing of the RSi. How wrong I was! I bought the 16v a couple of days ago, modded slightly with Magnex full system, K-tec de-cat, K&N induction kit, 20 groove brakes with braided hoses all around, and refurbed Williams wheels with brand new Goodyear Eagle F1 tyres.

The performance of this car is quite amazing, and is simply in a different league compared to my RSi, and though it does lack the low down pull of the 8v engine, as soon as you hit 4500 rpm, you are hit with a surge of torque, and then again at 5000 rpm all the way up to 7000 rpm with the full 137+ bhp.

Also having been in other hot hatches like a Honda Civic VTi, 205 1.6 GTi, and 106 Rallye, I have had the experience to compare, and I can safely say that having the Civic VTi's straight line speed and close to 205 GTi handling shows how amazing this car is. Not to mention the awesome brakes.

The car is also mechanically sound, with only 84000 on the clock with a full Renault service history. It sounds smooth, and rides quiet and responsive. The steering is firm and precise, as is the road holding, making for some serious cornering.

Watch out for the back end in the wet, as it can become twitchy.

Quite spacious inside, but not as roomy as the RSi for some reason, but I am 6ft6 and can manage to fit in without affecting the comfort. Seats are very supportive with height adjustment, and being a phase 2, it has the nicer of the interiors I think.

To sum this car up, it sounds nearly as nice as a Golf VR6, and has excellent all round ability, making it a true hot hatch, and it's still very fast at high speeds, making motorway driving fun as well, maxing out at 135, and pulling very quickly to 110 in fourth. VERY FAST! BMWs and co beware!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 19th May, 2005

16th Jun 2005, 12:30

I know what you mean about getting to 110. I brought one about a month ago and it was doing 110 without me even noticing. Its just that quick! Mine starts to pick up at 4000rpm though and I haven't noticed any further pick up after that at 5500rpm like you suggest. I think mine needs a service though so that may be why. Mine cost me a bit of money recently. New exhaust, clutch cable, rusty rear arches, but its all worth it for this amazing car!

1995 Renault Clio RSi 1.8 8v petrol from UK and Ireland


Solid, fast and practical


Renault's tend to be afflicted with overheating and my Clio was no different.

The fan failed to come on when stuck in traffic, but it was just the fuse - still, I always had to make sure I had a few spare fuses before a long journey or through cities.

Leaking Sunroof and central locking sensor.

Central locking only works when right beside car anyway!

CD players are temperamental at the 45 degree angle they are set in at.

General Comments:

Not as fast as the 16v, but not as expensive to insure either - 90% of the performance of the 16v for a fraction of the cost and half the insurance costs.

Most comfortable seats I have ever sat in.

Extended dash with oil pressure dials etc. is a nice feature.

Disc brakes all round are excellent feature.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 22nd April, 2005

22nd May 2005, 05:03

I have had an rsi before and I have now got a 16v and it only costs me an extra £50 a year more to insure and I am only 19!