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4 out of 5 4.0
Parkers overall rating: 4 out of 5 4.0
Renault Clio (98-01) - rated 4 out of 5
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At a glance

New price £7,340 - £25,840
Fuel economy
Not tested to latest standards
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Road tax cost £155 - £340
Insurance group 5 - 39 How much is it to insure?


Space, comfort, value


Interior can be tatty

Renault Clio rivals

3.5 out of 5 3.5

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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.

Renault Clio rivals

3.5 out of 5 3.5