Excellent car, let down by poor Renault after sales
Engine bangs against the subframe under hard acceleration. Renault don't seem to think it's a fault, but it pulls out of 1st gear on bumpy roads.
Warning to anyone contemplating buying a new or used Clio (of any engine size); get the clearance from the subframe and engine checked, otherwise first gear is useless. Get a written guarantee that the car is okay in this regard, and it will be replaced if not, otherwise if you have the problem, Renault's solution is not to drive it fast (which is just pathetic with a car like this).
Best car I have ever owned. Handles like a dream. Goes like a rocket. Only let down is Renault; they don't honour warranties.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 10th January, 2004