2009 Renault Clio Extreme 1.2 petrol from UK and Ireland


Pretty basic car


Rear exhaust section replaced, basic services and belt change, brake pads also changed all round.

Engine a little noisier now (tappet noise?) especially when cold, but shows no signs of any major problems.

Air con no longer works.

General Comments:

If you're after a cheap used runabout, the Clio is a not bad choice if you want something different from the usual offerings from Ford or Vauxhall or whatever. Decent looking in white, this is a stylish little car.

Inside is also nice. Comfy seats, smooth ride, and enough equipment on this "Extreme" edition.

The car is OK to drive, 1.2 is slow as you would expect, but cheap to run. Easily does over 42 mpg on average.

I have had it a few years and it has been reliable, easily better than Renault of the past; my Aunt had a Clio in the 1990's and it was an unreliable disaster, but this 2009 car seems much better quality.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 3rd December, 2022

2009 Renault Clio Expression 1.5 diesel from Turkey


Great price, better reliability expected


Stop lights went off. 3 times.

Brake pads replaced at 35000 km.

Tyres replaced at 25000.

Engine mount replaced at 40000.

General Comments:

The car has great fuel economy. But it should be known that the average given by the onboard computer does not calculate consumption below 30 km/h speeds. Thus at least 10% should be added for city driving.

I have the 85 hp model. It is more than enough if you are not buying that small city car for racing purposes.

In fact it was surprising that the car has really wide space of its size, especially the boot. But you shouldn't be asking for comfort. It has cheap plastic all around creating sound.

The issues that went wrong are given above. I expected it would not start to require service so early. The car cannot be rated high for reliability in my experience.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 15th October, 2016

2009 Renault Clio Rip Curl ? petrol from UK and Ireland




I hired this car in Portugal. I had no trouble with it and it drove nicely, if a little underpowered.

On picking the car up, I was surprised to be asked to only put 3/4 of a tank of fuel in when I returned it, the amount which was on the gauge when I set off from the airport.

I only used approximately 1/2 a tank in the week, so wasn't expecting too big a bill when refilling at the airport filling station. On starting to refuel, I noticed that the fuel gauge was not moving from 1/4 full, but not wishing to have an argument, I carried on - eventually putting probably 12 litres, at least, too much fuel in. On setting off the bumps shook the sender unit - and the gauge jumped to full! This could be a nice little earner for the hire company!!!

General Comments:

Nice little car - rear seats and belts can be awkward and uncomfortable for older passengers.

Head lamp main beam switch poor - whenever you dip, it's difficult to avoid going too far and activating the main beam flasher.

Cigar lighter doesn't work without ignition.

It's handy nowadays to be able to charge your phone etc without having your ignition on.

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

Review Date: 16th October, 2009

16th Oct 2016, 13:16

The 12V point disconnection is pretty much standard on all modern vehicles. It's to avoid manufacturer liability if something attached to it goes up in flames while the vehicle is unattended.

If you look at recent news stories about smartphone fires, it's not difficult to see their viewpoint.