2003 Renault Clio 1.2 petrol from UK and Ireland
Could be a nice little town car
This was a hire car picked up at Gatwick Airport for 4 days.
There were no obvious defects when I got the car, nothing went wrong with it, and there were no noticeable rattles or squeaks.
The car was a base model, but had a pleasant interior trim and control layout. Driving position was comfortable, but there looked to be very little leg room for back seat passengers.
The car handled well in congested London traffic. Odd minor points - the rear view mirror gave a wide view, but distorted the shape of vehicles - they looked squashed and wide, like one of the funny fairground distorting mirrors. I also found it difficult to get the key in the ignition - sometimes I had to open the door and look to see where it went - it is not a problem I have come across before and presumably an owner would get used to it.
The car feels rather smaller than some of the competition such as the Fiat Punto, Ford Ka/Fiesta, VW Polo, Vauxhall Corsa.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know
Review Date: 8th August, 2003