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Parkers overall rating: 3 out of 5 3.0

The odd driving position is one of the Clio’s biggest weakpoints – the pedals are offset and it can be difficult to adjust the seat in order to get comfortable. There’s also not much headroom so taller drivers will find it particularly uncomfortable. The interior feels a little cheap too – especially on early models (the cabin was improved on facelifted models from 2001) but at least most of the buttons and switches are easy to find and use.

The Clio is getting on a bit and this is reflected in the packaging. The interior feels cramped and dated and although front legroom is adequate rear passengers will find it tight with limited headroom. Five-door models offer a bit more space but not to the same standard as more modern rivals. However it rides well and proves comfortable over rough surfaces, soaking up road imperfections well.