Renault Clio - Used

Car Review

Renault Clio Expression Eco, front, action
Renault Clio Expression Eco
Renault Clio Expression Eco, front
Renault Clio Expression Eco, rear, static
Renault Clio Expression Eco, rear
Renault Clio Expression Eco, interior

IF ever Renault needed a nifty little number to kick-start their much-needed revival, then they probably couldn't have come up with anything better than the Mk.4 Clio.

Available only as a five-door in either hatchback or estate car guise, the sexy little Clio has to be one of the finest-looking supermini's currently on the market.

First launched in 2012, it proved to be a vastly superior vehicle all round than the previous incarnation which had carried the flag for Renault from 2005 and which had even been voted European Car of the Year in 2006.

So that's how good the current Clio is.

First things first. The interior is nicely laid out with fixtures and fitting that can mix it with the best. Nothing cheap and nasty in this baby, even the entry-level Expression and Expression+ models came beautifully kitted out with plenty of standard kit throughout.

There was also plenty of options available so owners buying new were able to spec their Clios up to their hearts content.

On board the upholstery was typically Renault and not only looked the part but also gave the impression that it was made to last, while the seats themselves offered plenty support so those on board would not be overly stiff or sore even after a long drive.

A model to look out for is one in Dynamique MediaNav trim which came with the superb easy-to-use Navteq Nav 'n' Go sat nav system which automatically zoomed in to give a detailed picture when it came to road junctions.

On higher-end models the unit even came with the ability to receive emails and to log onto Facebook.

For used car buyers, one engine choice to look out for is the turbo-charged three-cylinder 90bhp unit which pumped out an impressive 135Nm of torque.

With its CO2 emission less coming in at less than 100g/km, it came free of road tax, yet was so quiet and refined on the hoof that even technically-aware drivers would be quite unaware that it only had three cylinders.

And unlike some other manufacturers of three-pot engines, Renault certainly got it right, for with a little bit of care, drivers had little trouble getting pretty close to the official 65mpg fuel economy figure.

To be fair the little engine did need to be worked at in order to keep up momentum and being in the right gear was cruicial to keeping up the pace when climbing any sort of hill, but it didn't take long for any driver to fall in love with this French fancy.

Price-wise, you should be looking at paying from around the £4,555 mark up to £6,370 for a 2012 12-plate 0.9-litre model in Expression+ trim with around 40,000 miles on the clock. A similar aged model in Dynamique MediaNav spec will cost between £5,075 and £7,105.

Move on to 2013 and a 13-plate and these figures jump to between £5,260 and £7,005 and £5,865 and £7,805 respectively.

A 1.2-litre four-cylinder petrol engine is also available which should come in just slightly cheaper than three-cylinder models, while expect to pay a premium of around £1,000 for any of the above models kitted out with a 1.5-litre diesel engine.

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