1998 Renault Clio RN 1.2i from Portugal
Nippy, great runabout. Economical and very pleasant to drive. Interiors lacked build quality
* Disc brakes were bent when I bought it. (You'd only notice when stuck in traffic though...)
* Airbag warning light came on for no reason. 60€ to switch it off. Yikes! :/
* Key fob wasn't working when I bought it. Got asked 160€ by a dealer for a replacement, so I just used the key to lock/unlock it. Shortly after, BOTH door locks went (which seem to be made of the worst materials ever known to man). This is a common fault affecting probably 99% of all Renault Clios II ever made.
* Car must have suffered a blown head gasket in the past. It burned about 1 litre of oil every 1000km and valves rattled a bit.
* LCD radio panel was also "kaput" when I got it. Never bothered with it as I installed an aftermarket radio.
The Renault Clio II phase I is, like its predecessor, a very nippy and practical small car to drive. It's VERY economical. Mine didn't have power steering so it made it even more frugal on petrol. I drove it slowly and often got less than 5lts/100km, no joke.
With its 60HP, it's far from being fast but it's actually not too bad! It drives really well and it has more than enough power for overtaking. It goes on the motorway easily above 120 km/h.
On a lesser positive note, the room inside isn't brilliant compared to other B-segment cars, and if you're above 1.75mt, you can easily get to touch the roof with your head.
Another aspect I found to be rather poor and where Renault fell short, is the general quality of plastics and lacking a more sturdy build. In my opinion, I've owned a '92 Clio I and found it to be better built in this respect.
Overall, it's a great city car, with more than enough power to get you from A to B, extremely comfortable and easy to drive, and it delivers fantastic fuel economy.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 3rd December, 2017