Used Renault Clio (1998 - 2001) Review

Review by Parkers on
Last Updated: 31 Mar 2014
4
The original Clio was a breakthrough for Renault. Its chic, cosmopolitan looks, low running costs, confident handling and clever use of space had buyers reaching for their cheque books.
Renault Clio (98-01)
Space, comfort, value
Interior can be tatty

New price range:

£7,340 - £25,840

Used price range:

£211 - £5,875

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Summary

Parkers Rating:

4 out of 5

The original Clio was a breakthrough for Renault. Its chic, cosmopolitan looks, low running costs, confident handling and clever use of space had buyers reaching for their cheque books. By the mid-Nineties, European competitors had caught up. Like greying Papa, Clio was beginning to look a bit tired, and niggling mid-life reliability problems were emerging.

(Nicole remained as vivacious as ever, but was conveniently married off when Clio MkII appeared.) Renault's answer was a comprehensive make-over programme, fixing the faults and improving the car in almost every area. The cheeky Clio MkII was launched in 1998 as a thoroughly modern supermini that inherited all the charm and classless appeal of the original Clio but felt sturdier and better built.

But being bigger and heavier than the 1991-98 car, it feels a little less agile and handling can seem blunter and less entertaining than the original.

Parkers Ratings

Overall

4 out of 5

Performance

3 out of 5

Handling

2.5 out of 5

Comfort

3.5 out of 5

Practicality

3 out of 5

Behind the wheel

2.5 out of 5

Safety

4 out of 5

Reliability

3 out of 5

Running costs

3.5 out of 5

Green credentials

not rated yet

Buying used

3.5 out of 5

Selling

3 out of 5

Equipment

2.5 out of 5

What owners say...

 The car has a decent sized boot and although being a small car, can easily fit me and 4 Friends in it for a great day out, along with tons of gear in the boot.  

5 out of 5

Ben Coleman ,   15 Dec 2013    ... read more

 It's always okay to drive in any condition - it's never failed to start due to the weather!  

4 out of 5

Oliver Rose ,   13 Nov 2013    ... read more

 It was pretty comfortable inside, with a decent boot for it's size; I was only getting about 35 mpg on average though.  

3 out of 5

J Selby ,   13 Aug 2013    ... read more

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