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Renault Clio

Comfortable and classy and cheap to run

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The Renault Clio drives exceptionally well with light direct steering with a sporty short throw gearshift. First in the range is the 1.2 litre engine at 74bhp but the turbo charged 99 bhp version is strong smooth and responsive. The 1.6 126bhp version is reportedly gutless at low revs and the 108bhp version is available only with an automatic gearbox. There are also two Renault Clio diesels with either 85bhp or 105bhp which are both smooth and flexible.

The new Renault Clio interior styling has a dashboard with soft touch finish and incorporates clear easy to read instruments. Practical controls have been made even more user friendly including the short steering. The new Renault Clio boasts a class leading overall cabin space with generous head and leg room.

The Renault Clio GT is the new sporty version, the suspension is stiffer and lower compared to the regular Renault Clio with a lower grille and twin exhaust pipes. Inside the seats have the GT status and there are drilled aluminum pedal covers. The whole Renault Clio range will come with the option of the cut price in built sat nav thanks to a deal arranged with TomTom the fixed system can be updated online via a removable SD card.

New interior trims will be offered, but any owners of the current car looking to swap will be hoping Renault has cured the misting problem highlighted by several Renault Clio III drivers.