2001 Renault Clio 172 2.0 16v 'F4R-736' from Australia and New Zealand
Incredible, awesome, fantastic!
The rubber thumb-grip on the right side of the steering wheel was peeling.
The hazard light switch was broken (you could turn them on, but not back off).
The engine blew when I had the timing belt done (poorly done job), so I had it replaced.
The car is awesome to drive! At first you think it's small and the pedals are offset, but after about 10 minutes this isn't an issue.
It is unbelievably fast, especially when you consider it only makes 124kW of power. It's easily got enough grunt to stomp any pre-03 WRX, for example.
It is the best handling FWD car in the world in my opinion. Into a corner, on the power, don't lift, keep your foot in it, it lifts the outside rear wheel, and goes round like it's on rails, no under or over steer, just perfect line cornering.
And it can out-brake a 360 Modena 100-0km/h. As Clarkson put it in his review, "Impossible to go faster for less."
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 14th July, 2008