1997 Renault Clio RT 1.4 from UK and Ireland
An excellent first car
So far nothing has went wrong with it while I have owned it.
For the size of the engine and the power output, it is rather quick, most likely due to the lighter weight. But all in all, it is a pretty good engine.
Most reviewers say it is spacious. I find that it only applies to the ones driving and front passengers, as although I am only 5 foot 11" 'ish (most likely an inch or two taller), and my younger brother is nearly the same height, even shorter people sat behind me find it a really tight squeeze. If the seat is moved ANY further forward than right back, driving becomes uncomfortable and I'm unable to operate the car properly. Although if the backseats are taken out, it becomes quite utilitarian.
Just recently I have made a 322 mile journey, filled the tank once at the beginning, and ended it with 1/4 a tank still left. This is with a 40 litre tank. My calculations left me with the result as approximately 50mpg; they may be wrong, but I trust them. Pretty good for a 1.4 petrol eh?
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 26th November, 2006