A posh city car made for the motorway, premium feeling, it blows the competition away!
Nothing really. Engine management light blinked for roughly 15 seconds one morning, but then disappeared as quickly as it came.
Exterior - To each their own LOL, I love the looks of my Clio, mine is a 3-door version in black. Being a Dynamique version, it also has the Mahonia alloy wheels as standard (which I much prefer over the Canasta's found on Dynamique-S models).
Interior - The interior of my Clio is dressed in the Syntax trim, which means the darker colours. A very nice place to be, the seats are very comfortable, and the legroom and shoulder-room are fine. The dashboard is simple, but is very nicely laid out. The car feels very well made inside, and all the controls are very easy to use. The on-board computer is excellent, and the Renault Satellite remote control behind the steering wheel for the stereo is still the best of any car manufacturers. The air-con is only one button, but the whole system works well.
The boot size is good for a city car, though not spectacular...
A couple of nice touches: The electric windows, which still work for about 30 seconds after you have taken the ignition key out, the 'take me home headlights', the rear wiper that comes on automatically if you select reverse gear when the front ones are on, and the cornering headlights..
Engine/gearbox - (1.4 98bhp) Not lightning fast, but pokey enough that you should never be worried about getting past other vehicles. This engine is definitely happier past 50mph or 2500 revs. I would not class it as being made for the city though, as it gets a bit lethargic in town in my opinion. This is a car that loves to be driven around the countryside or on the motorway where overtaking is an absolute breeze. The clutch is light, and the gear selector is firm. All in all, the whole package inspires a lot of confidence.
Steering - Electric with strong self centering, can take a little while to get use to it, but never a problem.
Handling - Not a sporty car of course, but always planted and mature, very reassuring. Feels very safe to drive. Get the 197bhp version for thrills though.
Comfort - The suspension setup is typical French car ie EXCELLENT, and the cabin is so quiet you will feel like you are inside a luxury car! No exaggeration! Mind blowing!
Running cost - Group 4 insurance, and the on-board computer is currently reading 40.9 mpg! Not bad I don't think! Service intervals are 20000 miles.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know
Review Date: 16th November, 2010