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New Renault Clio Sport Tourer Expression dCi

The Renault Clio Sport Tourer Expression dCi is like a bowl of chicken soup.

By Stephen Turvil
Nov 15, 2011
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The Renault Clio Sport Tourer Expression dCi is like a bowl of chicken soup. It looks plain, sounds plain, and smells plain – but is surprisingly tasty. Let us consider why. This workhorse suits motorists who want something cheap, spacious, and easy to live with. As such it only costs £13,800, averages a cash-saving 70.6mpg, and its cargo capacity – with the rear seats folded flat – is a pleasing 1,277-litres. This run-around also has fairly composed handling to make life comfortable. Furthermore, as the Clio Sport Tourer is essentially a pumped-up supermini, it has a small footprint. This makes it compact enough to nip through town easily, and it can be squeezed into parking bays the size of soup tins.

The Renault Clio Sport Tourer Expression's 1.5-litre engine sends 88bhp to the front wheels via five-speed manual transmission. Performance is acceptable but modest, so expect to reach 62mph in thirteen seconds. Top speed is 108mph. My only significant gripe is the vehicle's equipment specification. Air-conditioning costs a further £575, specifying the electronic stability programme adds £315, and electric rear windows are not available at all. At least it has: power steering, a CD player, and MP3 connectivity. Still, there is only so much we can expect from chicken soup – lobster costs considerably more.

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By Stephen Turvil
Nov 15, 2011