2003 Renault Clio DCI (100) 1.5 TD from UK and Ireland
Fast and Economical
Split Sunroof seal, creating extra wind noise, but not leaking water as far as I know. Being fixed under warranty.
Very fast. It is described as a warm hatch. Slightly sporty. Good pick up in most gears. After driving the 1.2 16V today I laughed out loud at how slow it is compared to my DCI (100). You do need to rev it more than I would like, but it is my first small diesel. It is comparable to the 1.6 16v in performance, but easily does 60mpg and I can manage nearly 65mpg with a light foot. Highest I have ever managed is 78mpg after a 35 mile run stuck at 40mph.
45mpg at 80mph with the air con on.
Service intervals are 18000 miles which is a big saving for me as a high mileage driver.
Comfortable and well specced. I have the Dynamique + climate pack which has climate control, electric sunroof, auto lights, auto wipers, heated mirrors, alloys, disk brakes all round, ABS, CD, trip computer, front fogs and metallic paint.
Doesn't handle a patch on my old Focus Zetec it's bit soft in the corners, but not bad.
Build quality is not as good as a focus, plastics feel cheaper and don't fit quite properly at the door pillars.
I got this as a preregistered car with 6 miles on the clock for £8850. Full price would have been nearly £13000. I wouldn't pay full price for this car. For that sort of money I would get a 115PS Focus TDCI. But for £8850 it is good money. I've never seen them that cheap again though.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know
Review Date: 1st July, 2004
I've tried to 1.5 DCI (100) and it's as quick as the 1.4L 16v 95 bhp one.
I've had the car nearly a year now. Just been through the 18000 mile service. Got it done at an independent garage for £70 Vs £140 for Renault. It's a small service oil and filter only really so Renault is cashing in.
I'm not going to keep the car too long. I can't complain about reliability or economy both still good. But I'm finding it just a bit too small for me.
The metal the car is made from seems to be very thin and soft I'm finding the car marks and dents very easily. Being black it makes them stand out.
Auto lights are good, but a bit of a gadget really same for the auto wipers they have a tendency to go off when you don't want them to. I run the wipers in manual now.
Nice little car for someone, but I'd rather have my old Focus back.