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Parkers overall rating: 3 out of 5 3.0

There’s a good spread of engines in the Clio range and all of them offer low running costs. The entry-level 1.2-litre makes a great first car and is well suited to town driving – 0-62mph comes in 12.6 seconds (8V models do the same sprint in 14.5 seconds) and in everyday driving, it’s capable of 47mpg. The more powerful 1.4-litre models have a 100bhp and perform better at motorway speeds – you can expect 60mph in 10.2 seconds and a top speed of 115mph.

But the 110bhp 1.6-litre performs similarly to the 1.4 16V so it’s not worth paying any more for. The 1.5 dCi diesel (available with 65, 80 and 100bhp) is outstanding. It’s punchy, capable of motorway work and exceptionally frugal making it our pick of the engine range – especially the 100bhp version. The Clio Campus is only available with the 1.2-litre engine with either 60bhp or 70bhp (in Sport trim) and a 1.5dCi with 68bhp.

One of the reasons the Clio has been such a hit is that all the models are fun to drive – even the modest 1.2-litre version. It handles neatly and grips well while the steering is accurate – albeit overly assisted and lacking in feel. It’s not particularly refined either but it’s key appeal is a safe and composed feeling on the move, plus it’s easy to drive round town and a doddle to park.