Nice, agile, dependable car
The suspension started vibrating strongly under braking once you are past 100 Km/h. This problem actually started right after the car went in for service. So I am blaming the dealer. They did a terrible job, charged me about USD $1350, and stole a few things. My sunglasses, CD case with several music CD's that were important to me, and managed to damage one of the rear doors in the process.
The chip inside the key failed, so I had to get a new one imported from France. It took over a month to get it, and it meant I had to fork out another $300.
Had to replace the lights. I guess they had served enough time to warranty that.
Even though I totally hate the dealer, I feel this car is one of the nicest cars among compact hatchbacks. The engine, even though it's only a 1.4 liters engine, pulls out 98HP, which makes it an agile car.. It accelerates quickly, and it's good at overtaking, even though it's a bit short on torque. The suspension is a bit soft for my tastes, so even though it makes for some better comfort, it doesn't corner as nicely as you would want it to. Interior space isn't really that good, specially on the rear seats, but it's OK for me, since I am single, and I don't carry many people inside most of the time.
Reliability is a strong point on this car. Apart from the chip inside the key failing, I've never had to be towed, or even assisted on the road. The engine feels solid and well built, it should serve well for a long time. I am thinking about changing it for a newer car, probably a Chevrolet Optra, mostly because of the high prices and terrible service in the dealer. Thanks to them, I'll never buy a Renault again, even though I think they are nice cars, and good value for the money.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 15th December, 2006