Renault Clio Hatchback 2005 - 2009

Renault Clio Hatchback 2005 - 2009

Review by it
Monday, May 16, 2016

Pros:

  • Superb handling
  • It offers a best-in-class safety features for all passengers
  • There's a surprising amount of space

Cons:

  • The steering is somewhat unresponsive
  • Running costs are relatively high

Overview

The Renault Clio Hatchback is a fun little car, which is compact, but offers enough space to be surprisingly practical. It was released in the midst of significant competition in the hatchback market. The latest version of the Clio hatchback has received the honor of being named Renault's best car, which is in part due to its unique and stylish design. Another reason for the Clio's success is its low running costs and the high quality of its interiors which is likely to satisfy even the pickiest of buyers.quote

Exterior and Interior

The Renault Clio has been well sculptured and the designers have done well to keep the Clio's look consistent with the series, but to make the style more modern. The new Clio has some striking lines that make the car really attractive. Considering the price of the Clio this is a really stylish car and if you opt for one of the sportier versions you will have a really sporty looking car. Unfortunately the style doesn't continue into the interior of the car. The trim is well built and feels sturdy, but the car is nowhere near as attractive as some of its competitors. The seats are very comfortable and will help to give all of the passengers a comfortable ride. The cabin is spacious enough to allow for four adults passengers to ride in comfort, and the refined engines also play an important role in the creating an above-average driving experience for a car of its size. Furthermore, it is well insulated which ensures a minimum of sound distractions, and has superb handling.

Performance and Economy

If you're looking for high performance vehicle then you should opt for the 2.0 16v 200bhp engine, which is referred to as the Renault Clio Sports Hatchback. This achieves a near perfect balance between power and mileage, which means it's fun to drive yet economical. The economy will depend on how you drive the car but official figures claim it will reach 34mpg. You are more likely to linger around the mid 20's though. The other petrol engines offer good economy and performance. The 1.2-litre engines can reach up to 52mpg and the 1.6-litre will achieve 42mpg. The 1.6-litre engine will provide you with enough power to keep you entertained and it won't break the bank. If you are looking for a car that is highly affordable to run then the diesel options will be perfect for you. The 1.5-litre DCi88 will mange an incredible 78mpg. Even the 106bhp engine will provide you with 67mpg. The performance of these engines is quite good and they have strong mid range pull thanks to the turbo.

Like to Drive

It is no surprise that the Clio is a lot of fun to drive. The powerful petrol engine in particular will provide you with style, speed and handling which will give you years of fun. The whole range is pretty good to drive though. They are comfortable enough for you to go on long journeys and easy enough to drive around town. The Renault Clio performs well as a hatchback and puts a lot of pressure on the competition to perform. Whichever engine option you go for there are a lot of optional extras to choose from, including remote locking, side air-bags, and many others. Most versions come with air-conditioning and alloy wheels as standard which help to add to the driving experience.

Faults and Repairs

If you're looking for a new Renault Clio you may be able to find a bargain deal as compared to some of its rivals and the resale value drops off a bit quicker than for some of its more established competitors. On the bright side, it shouldn't cause you much trouble as there aren't many known faults, although Renaults haven't always been the most reliable. If problems do arise repair costs are generally quite low, so there isn't much cause for concern in that regard.


Overall Rating:
Review by TomKennedy
Monday, May 16, 2016

Overview

"Reliable!"

Exterior and Interior

Good looking inside and out, not many gadgets like some cars but you don't miss them. You can get cheap AUX plugs for the radio so you can plug an iPod / MP3 player in easily. Alloys always clean up well, even after 6 months without a clean!

Performance and Economy

Performance is great for a diesel, economy is fantastic! Getting twice the MPG compared to the 1.6 petrol Clio I had before! The best bit is the £35 a year tax!

Like to Drive

Great to drive, fun, comfortable, feels solid. Handles really well in the snow, I've never got stuck or had any issues! Gearbox isn't as 'tight' as sportier models but you get used. All in all a great car! <

Faults and Repairs

After 2 years I haven't had any issues! I've had 3 Clios and they've all been great. Any repairs I've had done were minor and very cheap. There is one major issue though, the headlight bulbs are impossible to change with removing the headlight units - which requires removing the bumper, about an hours job in total!
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Review by luis
Monday, May 16, 2016

Overview

"my lovely car"

Exterior and Interior

The day i got it, it was clean inside and outside, nothing to point out about it. I don't plan on getting rid of it for a while, does everything I possibly need. Massive boot, huge fuel tank, really comfortable and even easy access on 3dr no problems trying to get in and out and I'm 6 foot.

Performance and Economy

It's a bit slow and drinks a lot of petrol but I still love it. Great to run around town but too slow to go on the motorway.

Like to Drive

Easy to drive, easy to park and comfy seats. Steering is light, around town its amazing - can really move the car swiftly plus it grips very well! Lovely drive. On faster roads the steering doesn't give much feedback <

Faults and Repairs

No fault until now. Just normal wear - replace the brake pads and discs and service, there's nothing more the car needs.
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