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RENAULT MODUS Hatchback 2004‑2012

4.3
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Renault Modus MPV

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daytripper

quirky french design

RENAULT MODUS 1.4 Expression 5dr (Review date: 12th July '14)

3.8

have owned this car 7 years now (bought it at 3 years old) which says something about it. unique styling fun to drive, elevated compared to super minis and lets in plenty of light . i don't do a big mileage so its not been driven hard - 65k miles at ten years old so dont know how it would be after nomal mileage for year. downside is the headlamp bulb change - major job ive needed done - in a garage -3 times. needed new sets of electric coils at 5 years old and a coil spring (suspension). changing spare wheel extremely difficult as releasing spare from underside of car is very complicated. doesn't corner as well as conventional superminis de to height but fine if your not a boy racer. it has a very good safety rating and feels solid. insurance cost low. road tax at £180 for a 1.4 petrol could be better. digital speedometer is handy when trying to keep at 30 mph near speed cameras. if driven sensibly on long journeys i get jut above 50mpg and 38 mpg in town.

Practicality

4 / 5

Reliability

4 / 5

Running cost

3 / 5

How it drives

4 / 5
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nsd388877

Renault Modus

RENAULT MODUS 1.6 Dynamique 5dr Auto (Review date: 9th October '13)

3.8

Nice small comfy mpv. Easy to drive and good build quality. BUT, and its a BIG BUT - removing the spare wheel from tthe vehicle is, for me at least, a nightmare. In fact I had to call out the AA to accomplish the task.

Changing a headlight bulb is another nightmare - what should be a relatively simple task has been changed by Renault into a difficult (removing the bumper!!!) and costly task.

Won't buy another Renault.

Practicality

4 / 5

Reliability

4 / 5

Running cost

3 / 5

How it drives

4 / 5
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mahall1988

runs well, good mpg, very roomy

RENAULT MODUS 1.4 Dynamique 5dr (Review date: 2nd September '13)

4.8

this car runs smoothly and for a petrol has good mpg at 38.1 averaged over a full fuel tank. great idea to make the boot bigger, changing the seat sizes.

Practicality

5 / 5

Reliability

5 / 5

Running cost

5 / 5

How it drives

4 / 5
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its-colin

In remembrance of my first car (Colin)

RENAULT MODUS 1.2 Oasis 5dr (Review date: 23rd April '13)

3

I really knew nothing about a Modus apart from occasionally (towards the rare side) seeing it on the road, so when I bought the car (as my first car) it was purely based on:

- low insurance + tax

- relatively new model

- relatively low mileage

- decent engine size

- within budget

Loved it loved it (and probably still do), apart from the fact that it was so 'special', a.k.a. 'bespoke', any sort of repairs (incl. what are generally considered as basics, e.g. bulb/tyre change) was a pain to perform and expensive, which was partly the reason for its insurance write off...

For the past 6 months:

- 2x bulb changes (£30 each)

- oil change (£60 because the display told me to do so)

- alternator change (£385)

- tyre change (£82 but didn't happen in the end due to the 'little' accident)

- damages from the accident resulted in an insurance write off straight away; but even when I asked the garage to quote non-genuine part repair, it could only have saved me £30, so farewell Colin...!

Therefore despite that a Modus

- is very spacious (and funky looking depends on your taste);

- has very functional interior, and

- drives nicely for urban city and motorway

I would probably not recommend it to anyone whose monthly budget is tight, i.e. do not have the spare cash if any repairs are needed.

Practicality

5 / 5

Reliability

1 / 5

Running cost

2 / 5

How it drives

4 / 5
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inaayat

Mr

RENAULT MODUS 1.4 Dynamique 5dr (Review date: 4th August '12)

3.5

A car you can no longer buy with Renault's reduced range. A shame for what is a (mostly) intelligently designed, pratical car.

Super little car with the footprint of a Clio but acres more space, especially up front. Sliding rear bench is great: choose between limo-like space for 4 (albeit with a reduced boot) or a bigger boot and minimal legroom. Seats fold down easily, with a large load bay. Very good visibility, light controls, logical dash and an exellent ride (it's French, after all). Super for nipping around the city but also can handle motorways (ours went all the way to the south of France over the MIllau Bridge), although would benefit from a sixth gear.

As far as maintenance goes, ours was extremely reliable. The only time it let us down it 6 years was when the battery died. Other than that, it's been rather heavy on rear brakes (both disks and pads have been replaced). Finally, you need to take the front bumper off to change a hadlight bulb, which means its a garage job for most. Our local garage did it cheaply, but it still costs more than nothing (which it should be to change a bulb!).

Overall, a very good little car.

Practicality

4 / 5

Reliability

4 / 5

Running cost

3 / 5

How it drives

3 / 5
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sagefemme

My moody modus

RENAULT MODUS 1.2 Oasis 5dr (Review date: 6th March '12)

5

What can i say.....it may look a bit odd, but who cares......work as a community midwife in london....so needed something cheap reliable and small enough to park, yet big enough to carry my kit about.

My first drive from the garage, it was easy as pie to drive, everything direct , no stalling, no missed gears, no overbraking....

Have driven numerous cars from 850 mini....its much like that in away top of the range golf....it is great fun.

Drove back to london in snow, torrential rain and wind on the M11 and it held itself. It may not be so perky from 1st to 2nd needs a few more revs...but it bombs about for 1.2.

It is a small car but you feel like you are in a big car, nice driving position, lots of room up front so no feeling up your passengers knees!!!!

Loads of cubby holes, just need to think what to put where, boot shute is great in the city when you are jammed in.

Can't comment on fuel economy yet...or if it breaks down, am blessed to have very low mileage and it still smells new.

Booked in for a new cambelt to be on the safe side...age thing. but not a huge expense outside london.

My father has driven HGV for 46 years and numerous cars and he thinks its the business...and would not at 38 have me driving any old thing.....

So you do get looks as you pass by, so what....get one and have fun in your "MOODY".

Practicality

5 / 5

Reliability

5 / 5

Running cost

5 / 5

How it drives

5 / 5
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eisenach

A good car ...

RENAULT MODUS 1.5 dCi 86 Dynamique 5dr [AC] Euro 4 (Review date: 19th January '12)

4.3

... let down by a boot that's a bit small. I suppose you can always go for the "grand modus". It's economical and pleasant to drive. For two, with occasional passengers, it's fine.

One gripe: with the seats down and the squab folded forward, the drivers seat has to be almost fully forward. I then don't fit in, so I can't use the car with seats down unless I leave the squab in place, but then I don't get a flat load space.

Practicality

4 / 5

Reliability

4 / 5

Running cost

5 / 5

How it drives

4 / 5
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smudger124

Reliable Renault

RENAULT MODUS 1.6 Dynamique 5dr Auto (Review date: 18th January '12)

4.5

This car is a great all rounder for general everyday use. I would say that it is an ideal vehicle for 2 people as boot space is limited for family use. That said, with it being quite a high roof and with the back seats folded down, there is plenty of room for carrying a reasonable load- will take a washing machine without any problem.

My partner sometimes has difficulty getting up from low seating positions found in some cars but the Modus offers a higher seating position, especially for the driver, which makes it a lot easier for her to get in and out. The auto gear box is very smooth and also offers ease and comfort for people with restricted mobility.

My only criticism would be that the petrol version is not the best for fuel economy with only 30 mpg for urban and 37mpg on a run, so the diesel version would probably be a better buy.

Over all though- a great car.

Practicality

5 / 5

Reliability

5 / 5

Running cost

3 / 5

How it drives

5 / 5
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joanneJ

Miss Jones

RENAULT MODUS 1.5 dCi 86 Dynamique 5dr [AC] Euro 4 (Review date: 19th September '11)

5

Great car, Car Magazine rated it well The rear seats are easy to fold just pull a knob and can be half and half The parcel shelf is great hides any items in the boot area The boot opens right to the rear bumper so its not too high to lift things in.

Practicality

5 / 5

Reliability

5 / 5

Running cost

5 / 5

How it drives

5 / 5
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frankB

Renault Modus - quirky, but useful

RENAULT MODUS 1.5 dCi 86 Expression 5dr Euro 4 (Review date: 13th August '11)

4.5

I bought my Modus DCi 86 when it was 15 months old and have been very happy with it during the 4+ years it was mine. What impressed me the most was Renault's 1.5 DCi 86 Engine. It is pretty frugal (I average 64 mpg) and yet it accelerates nicely when you press the pedal. It is also reasonably quiet and doesn't sound like a tractor - which can be a negative point for some other Diesel Units. The front seats are very comforable and I have no trouble going several hundred miles in one go. The same can't be said for the rear seats I think (although I never travel there) - they feel relatively firm. My passengers haven't complained, however. Road noise is also pretty low - making for a good distance car all round.

The rear space is average with the seats up but pretty good when you fold the seats forward. The load space is flat and you can get quite a lot in it - helped by the fairly tall height dimension. The rear seats incorporate a bit of a strange gimmick in that the seats can be pushed together to reveal some cup holders underneath. I think most people would prefer to have more space to stretch out rather than being forced together in the centre of the car.

The trip computer (with fuel consumption) is very handy and I like the digital speed display - In fact I find it dificult to get used to a 'dial' now.

In summary, if you don't mind being seen in a car which looks a bit odd - it's a good buy.

Practicality

5 / 5

Reliability

4 / 5

Running cost

5 / 5

How it drives

4 / 5
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