The Pros And Cons Of Buying A New Renault Clio

When people in Britain want to buy a small car such as a supermini or city car, one of the most popular choices on shortlists is the Renault Clio. Compared with competitor models such as the Ford Fiesta and the Vauxhall Corsa, the Renault Clio is one of those cars that looks small on the outside but surprisingly roomy on the inside!

Buying A New Renault Clio

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With a range of trim levels in three and five-door variants to suit everyone’s individual styles and requirements, you would be hard-pushed not to find the model you want. But the big question is, should you buy the Renault Clio? Here are the pros and cons of this particular car.

Pro: there is a vast choice of trim levels

Whether you want the basic Expression or the high-performance RenaultSport version as shown in the photograph above (or even something in between), there is plenty of choice as far as trim levels go.

This means that you have the option of choosing the right Clio for your requirements and budget, whereas as some competitor models like the Fiat 500 only have a limited selection of trim levels for motorists to choose from.

Con: it’s not a great car for tall or large people

Catering exclusively for the supermini and city car markets, the Renault Clio isn’t going to be the most luxurious car in the world, as car manufacturers often have to manage a fine balancing act between luxury and price.

This means certain elements like the front seats aren’t as supportive or luxurious as you might want, and the limited legroom means that tall or large drivers might not find this car very comfortable to drive on long journeys.

Pro: engines are fuel-efficient

One of the major selling points about the Renault Clio, according to well-respected dealer Harratts Renault, is the fact that the engines used in the car are very fuel-efficient. Take the 1.5 dCi engine, which is a common rail diesel, for example.

This engine produces a modest 88 brake horsepower, yet can attain a very realistic 83 mpg and to boot has low CO2 (carbon dioxide) emissions of just 90g/km; this means there is no vehicle excise duty (car tax) to pay!

Con: handling on non-sporty versions isn’t great

It’s no secret that car manufacturers only have a limited research and development budget when it comes to developing models that fit into a specific price bracket, and so they will often have to make compromises. In the case of the Renault Clio, one such compromise is the handling on the ‘standard’ variants.

You might expect go-kart handling on such small cars, but the truth is there is a fair amount of body roll when you go around corners. One of the reasons that many petrolheads in the UK like to modify their cars is so they can improve their car’s handling by fitting stiffer, lowered suspension.

Such a modification causes the car to have a lower centre of gravity, creating that sought-after go-kart handling.

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