1996 Renault Clio RSI 1.8 petrol from UK and Ireland


Superbly quick point to point hatch


The car has been superb. The front wheel bearings had to be replaced and the exhaust went at about 50,000 miles, but that was just an excuse to fit a bigger exhaust.

The car has been superbly reliable with no unexpected problems occurring.

There are signs of rust on the rear wheel arches.

General Comments:

The car is fairly fast, out-pacing most cars on the road, however I would not say this was the RSi's strong point.

The car's steering is fabulous, always letting you know what the front wheels are doing and how much grip there is left.

The handling is also superb due to the lowered and stiffened suspension, although this does have the tendency to let you know about every bump on the road. This isn't a problem on faster roads though.

This is a very relaxing car to drive a long distance. I've driven 300 miles in it without getting either bored or uncomfortable.

Its pick-up from high speed on motorways is sometimes amazing and very good for overtaking on A-roads without having to drop a gear.

The brakes also deserve a mention. The all round disc brakes allow the car to be driven very quickly with confidence if you're in the mood.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 12th November, 2001

1996 Renault Clio RSi 1.8 8v from UK and Ireland


Quick, affordable and desirable


Some small aerodynamic problems with the sunroof. The seat wings have collapsed, but that could be because the previous owner was rather large (I speculate).

Other than that there haven’t been any other problems that have been the fault of the car. I say this because a young lady ploughed into my rear end at some traffic lights just days after a "boy racer" reversed into the side in a car park. Not to worry, the respective insurance companies are forking out the £900 and £1300 (respectively) claims. It has worked in my advantage in-fact, because I have convinced my repair garage to fit a Scorpion exhaust system instead of the standard mild-steel Renault system. NICE.. I hope… It's due back next week.

General Comments:

Rear brakes seem a little absent despite the fact that they are discs.

There is a tendency to understeer on fast corners (a trait of this type of car, so all is forgiven).

Pipercross induction kit produces a WONDERFUL note!

2nd gear is very responsive:) and considering the car you are getting the insurance is very acceptable... I'm 21 and I pay 770 fully comp. You do need to shop around, most quotes were £1600-£1800.

The seats are nice and I have to disagree with a previous review about the leg room and drivers space since I am 6'4" and fit quite nicely!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 10th August, 2001

12th Nov 2001, 07:27

I also have a 1996 Clio RSi so I've just got to say, 'great choice'. I personally feel that the brakes are superb on mine, though. The engine is good too, but the cars handling constantly surprises me and I think this is the cars best point.

1st Jul 2002, 16:27

Alright I have just bought a 95 Clio RSi and need insurance. WHich company are you with for a quote of 700 pounds I'm 21 also and the car is garaged!cheers.

1996 Renault Clio RN 1.2 from UK and Ireland


Cool little car


The only thing that went wrong when I had it was a worn wheel bearing at about 55,000, but that was probably because of a daily thrashing down the motorway.

General Comments:

This was the first car I ever had, it wasn't actually mine, but a company car. It is ideal for a first car, yet also for business use.

Very comfortable, very reliable, excellent car. Sound engine and gearbox.

My only complaint was the speed, or lack of it. I was forever straining to keep up with people from the lights, even if I wasn't racing! And I would have desired that extra bit of overtaking power on the motorway.

I would have it back any day. Will probably end up with one again when I can afford it.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 18th June, 2001

19th Jun 2001, 08:09

I've currently got a Renault Clio 1.4 rt, 92k model. I've owned it for a year, and have added 50k to the clock. Only thing to got has been the cam belt, and the Bearings. Otherwise, it's been a very very good car. Cheap running costs, good fuel consumption, and low insurance. Only had it serviced twice, and still going strong. Very nippy, and quick to pull away. always the first off the lights!

I'd have one again for sure!