2005 Renault Clio Reviews - Page 2 of 3

2005 Renault Clio Dynamique 1.2 16v from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture2005
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission 1.2 16v Manual
Performance marks 2 / 10
Reliability marks 2 / 10
Comfort marks 1 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
1.7 / 10
Distance when acquired0 miles
Most recent distance30000 miles

Faults:

Loss of power. After many trips to the dealer and lots of money spent on MOT, service, diagnostic check, I finally had the O2 sensors replaced. Problem fixed, however now my emissions warning light keeps on coming on.

General Comments:

Nice.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 3rd October, 2008

24th Jul 2010, 17:44

I'm having the same problem with my car. It's running like a tractor now, and I've been told the catalytic converter has corroded. What happens if I pay for the cat and the same problems happen?

Renault Clios are a drain on money and resources. They are unsafe and shouldn't be sold in the UK.

After seeing over 300 comments all about the same problem, I'm wondering if I should scrap the car?

2005 Renault Clio 1.2 from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture2005
First year of ownership2006
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission 1.2 Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.3 / 10
Distance when acquired9000 miles
Most recent distance22000 miles
Previous carNissan Micra

Summary:

Excellent

Faults:

Started to judder lightly at traffic lights.

Started recently juddering more and felt as if there was no power in the engine when I pressed the accelerator therefore the car cut out, although managed to get it home with a series of having to pull over and restart the engine.

Happens more when waiting at traffic lights or idle and judging from reading other people's comments this is a regular, occurring problem! I hope it's not expensive to fix!

General Comments:

I love my car, the interior is smart and always looks clean, the exterior is gorgeous. I love her being silver and color coded and I couldn't fault her in performance at all. She is a nippy, great little car!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 15th March, 2008

2005 Renault Clio 182 Cup 2.0 petrol from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture2005
First year of ownership2007
Most recent year of ownership2007
Engine and transmission 2.0 petrol Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.3 / 10
Distance when acquired17000 miles
Most recent distance22000 miles
Previous carFord Fiesta

Summary:

Great performance in a practical and affordable package!

Faults:

Nothing so far, but have only had the car for 6 months now.

General Comments:

Overall this car has been fantastic so far, I am six months into my ownership and it still often puts a smile on my face just on my run to and from work. When taken out for a Sunday morning blast it is absolutely superb.

Performance first: The Clio sticks to the road very well and the handling offers excellent turn in, loads of grip, and good feedback through the wheel at all speeds. It is very resistant to understeer unless you get on the throttle too heavy mid corner, but fling it in and the back will slip out. The car will let you have a good bit of fun before the traction control and stability systems step in to help you out when your talent expires.

The engine is fantastic, offering good mid-range thump from 3000 - 5000 revs, and when on-cam from 5000 to the 7000 redline it is brutal. In real world situations (as opposed to 0-60 stats etc.) the engine does not provide the same easy acceleration as similar output turbo engines for overtaking and the like, but as it is so tractable and progressive it is ideal for fast runs down windy roads and lets you feel fully in touch with and in control of the throttle.

It is as practical as any other hatch, although you will struggle to get four adults squashed in. The boot offers plenty of room and easily gets a weeks shopping in. It is very bumpy, especially as mine is the 'Cup' model with lowered stiffened suspension, but that is the price you pay for the great, flat cornering. There is a performance drawback to this though as on the wrong sort of bumpy road the car can feel very unsettled, which can rob you of the confidence to gas it.

Running costs are very reasonable for a car which offers this performance, I average 30-ish mpg, but it will go up to nearly 40 with conservative motorway driving. That being said, if you are going to do a lot of motorway driving this is probably not the car for you. It is insurance group 16, and servicing (per 12000 miles) should be around £250 a go for the first few years of ownership.

Overall, this car is brilliant to drive just for the sake of it and will devour a country road with relish, but is still practical enough to use every day, and comparatively cheap enough to buy and run compared with other cars with similar performance.

One last tip- I did try a few Cups and opted in the end for one with the optional Recaro bucket seats, these command an extra premium as they were a £850 option new, but are well worth it as the standard driving position is absolutely dreadful.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 1st November, 2007

16th Dec 2007, 06:44

A very interesting and useful review; the car sounds like a lot of fun!

2nd Aug 2010, 10:36

I own the 172 and I hate it. It's very, very cheap, rattles, bangs the lot.

I am thinking about the 182 Cup, even though it is bumpy as you said there but it looks stunning. I was really stuck in choosing either the 182 Cup or the Fiesta ST. I haven't driven either of them yet, but I'm going to try them both!

I really want to stick with the Renault Sport as I have a good laugh with other Renault Sport owners! Anyway I will try them both!

Average review marks: 6.8 / 10, based on 12 reviews