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Renault Clio Hatchback review

2001 - 2008 (change model)
Parkers overall rating: 3 out of 53.0

At a glance

Price new £7,835 - £14,515
Used prices £326 - £2,712
Road tax cost £20 - £290
Insurance group 5 - 19
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Fuel economy Not tested to latest standards
Range 418 - 737 miles
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Pros & cons


Fun to drive, decent diesel engines, good value as a used buy


Not particularly spacious inside, new Clio is far superior, low rent interior on early cars

Written by David Ross Published: 6 June 2019 Updated: 6 June 2019


Stylish, chic and enjoyable to drive, the Renault Clio is a superb little hatchback that has proved hugely popular. Despite the introduction of a new model, Renault continues to sell the this Clio as a budget model – badged the Clio Campus. It makes little sense as a new buy, you’re better off paying extra for an entry-level version of the newer car, but as a used buy it represents good value.

There’s a good choice of engines available and a seemingly endless (almost baffling) number of trims and special editions. Early cars had a fairly cheap feeling interior but this was improved in a 2001 facelift which also saw the Clio given a fresh front end. The driving position isn’t the best and tall drivers will find there’s a lack of headroom but the Renault is still fun to drive with keen handling and a good ride.