Decent interior room, high safety credentials, good diesel engines, comfortable ride
Small boot, alternatives are more spacious and better value, lacklustre petrols
If you want a more practical version of a small hatchback, but don't need a people carrier, then the Renault Modus could be the answer. It's based on the Clio but is more versatile with extra rear passenger space. It combines features you wouldn't necessarily expect to find on a small car, with some clever solutions to carrying large and bulky items.
It was also the first small car to achieve a five-star rating in Euro NCAP crash tests. Unfortunately it's not quite big enough to be truly practical and alternatives, such as the Nissan Note, are better value. If you like the idea but need more space, the Grand Modus is a good choice.
What owners say about this car
Sliding rear seat and the simple but very effective passenger seat cushion flipping over to create a... Read owner review
Sliding rear seat & built in mounting points for renaults bespoke bike rack. Read owner review
The seat height makes it perfect for putting children in and out of child seats in the back and... Read owner review