Renault Clio long-term test review – third report
Phill's been a bit busy this month driving everything except his Clio, so he's handed the keycard over to Andy Pringle for a second opinion...
“I’ve been using it as pretty much my sole car for a while, which means I’ve been doing every sort of trip in it; everything from long-distance to mundane commuting,” says Andy. “Overall, I’ve found it a very good little thing to drive: easy to manoeuvre in town and on the commute to and from Egham, but also mature enough to make it a decent car for longer distances on the motorway. In other words, it’s a well-rounded car, with a real depth of abilities.
“Those long-distance journeys have been to Cambridge, Reading (well, it felt like a long way!) and a couple of launches in the Cotswolds.
“I also think the ride is a bit on the firm side too much of the time. It’s not awful, just a bit disappointing.
“Also, some of the attention to detail seems a bit lacking. In particular, I don’t like the way the lead from the USB socket trails over the centre console and can get caught up with the gearlever.”
List price: £17,165
Price as tested: £18,040
Engine/gearbox: 1.2-litre 4cyl turbo, petrol, six-speed manual
Top speed: 124mph
0-62mph: 9.0 seconds
CO2/BIK tax liability: 118g/km / 22% (2017/18)
Boot space: 300/1146 litres
Metallic paint: £625
Reverse parking camera: £250