2013 Renault Clio Hatchback ReviewNovember 30, 2014
The 0.9 litre three-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine is the most impressive feature of this car which produces at around 89bhp. Another version of the engines, 1.5 litre diesel also produces up to 89bhp and gives a great pick-up. The engine is really smooth though not very sports car type, what do you expect with an economy car anyway. The petrol revs are nice with no clutter and works great at traffic too.
The handling is okayish as compared to its other competitors. The car is decent on edgy and twisty roads giving its suspensions which are nice and soft. The car looks stable at edges too. The steering ratio of the car is quicker with good motorway stability. It is also able to give a nice comfortable drive through the potholes and bumpy roads.
The car is a little clumsy during the starting of it giving a little engine as well as mechanic noise. But the time it becomes a little stable (after a few minutes), the noise disappears giving a better experience to the passengers. Less vibration and wind noises come inside the car due to the double-sealed windows and cutting edge design.
The car is aptly priced with low insurance costs. It is worth every penny when bought first-hand but all the worth seeps underground during the time of resale. The car compensates in its rates by lowering the company and road taxes. Discounts are available but less.
The car gives quite a decent fuel economy on an average and some models give an above average economy with great run.
The new versions of Clio are wider and longer than older ones. The dashboard and music system are adorned with glossy looks but some of the parts look cheap with lack of classy appearance maintaining an average interiors. They have taken personalization to just another level with the new models concentrating on the interiors. The rear seat can be put down to increase the luggage carrying capacity of the car. The material used is above average in quality and pretty decent for a daily drive. Clio’s central touch-screen is huge seeing the size of the car and works just enough for the driver, not giving more or even less tech support. The boot is of a decent size, 300 litres.
The car comprises of six airbags and anti-whiplash headrests to avoid greater impact due to bumps and high speed brakes. Isofix child seat anchorage comes a great way providing wide safety to the children sitting at the back seats. Clio scored a maximum five stars in Euro NCAP crash tests. The car has electronic stability control which makes it a safe drive on Highways and during speeding. Deadlocks and anti-drill locks makes the car safe from any kind of burglary.
All in all, the car is a good buy for normal, daily life routines and gives you enough comfort for a family of four.