2004 Renault Clio Dynamique 1.2 16v from UK and Ireland
Great big small car making great value for money
Climate control wasn't working due to clog in motor not connected.
Soft windscreen suffering 3 big chip only after 8900 miles.
Bonnet dents easily if pushed shut.
This car was very cheap to buy when new as dealer was offering Digital climate control/Air con and electric sunroof for free on top of the already impressive spec, electric front windows, alloys, CD stereo with 6 speakers (sounds great!), trip computer, Front fogs, electric heated mirrors, remote Central locking, the list goes on and on all this for £8695.
The car is very roomy both in the front and rear, I'm 5ft 11 and I find it good.
Very comfortable sporty seats hold you in very and drives very smooth and easily.
Insurance is good, it's in my 21 year old girlfriends name and costs £600 fully comp.
The 1.2 16v engine is quite punchy from 0-60 but a bit gutless 50-70mph and I've has 107mph flat out from it.
Mine is in Pearl Black Met. and looks lovery when clean, but get dirty quicky and then looks crappy!.
Car also has automatic windscreen wipes and headlights that are a cool feature.
One small nag is the boot, it's not very big, but the rear seats do fold down flat, but there is a really agnoring high plastic step between the boot and rear seats that stop things sitting flat in the boot.
All in all of nearly 9000 miles and 1 year of ownership I have been very happy with the car and recommend it to any one, but as with all new cars, shop around for the best deal.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 3rd January, 2005
107mph isn't bad. I own a 1.6i 16V Scenic and had it to 122 mph.
I'm 19 and bought a Clio on 04 plate. Done 4000 miles and already have a rattle that comes and goes on the dashboard.
I find it has good handling and once it gets going it is nippy round the streets. Try going downhill slightly you will find you will get 109mph!!!
Regret getting a black one though, murder to keep clean. Mats that were included are poor, nearly worn through after a week. Same problem with stereo, it turns it's self off when ignition isn't on (maybe it's meant to do this?)
Good spec, came with everything, but air-con/climate control basically. Bit cheap looking inside, but it's not a merc or is it!! I've found this is an ideal first car.
I have a 1.2 16v Dynamique and I've covered just under 7k. I've found it to be a great car. All the magazine reviews seem to under rate the cars handling, but I have - and I don't condone this - had various races with friends with other small cars such as Fiestas and Corsas and have easily beaten them when the road gets twisty. I even beat my friends Vauxhall Astra 1.6 SXI, which I'm very proud of. I managed to get 112mph when the car hit the rev limter on the motorway. Don't try it though, the jolt when it bounces off the limiter at 112mph will scare the pants off you!! Your right though, black is a terrible colour for keeping clean.
Recently, I visited a Renault dealer and they told me about some kind of upgrading to the engine, which elevates the horse power of the Clios in a range of 15hp, from 85 to 100 in the 1.2l version, which I'm interested in. In theory, this could be possible by a chip placed in the computer of the car. Can anybody explain something about it, please?