Renault Clio running costs shouldn't be too onerous if you opt for the diesel that returns a claimed average fuel economy of 70.6mpg but the high diesel premium over the equivalent petrol new might not be cost-effective on moderate annual mileage. The 98bhp 1.2-litre turbocharged petrol isn't a bad option since it's cheaper and it'll return a claimed average of 52.mpg.
Elsewhere, Renault servicing is reasonably priced while cheap insurance on most models and good economy make it cheap to own.
Estimated fuel cost per year
|Fuel type||Pence per litre||Estimated cost per year *|
|Unleaded||128p||£1,119 - £1,663 *|
|Diesel||131p||£764 - £976 *|
* The estimated fuel cost figure is based on an annual mileage of 10,000 miles and is a guide to how much this model will cost in fuel each year. It's calculated using the model's average MPG (calculated from both town centre and motorway driving) and the average fuel price from around the country. Actual fuel costs will vary based on driving style and road conditions.
Ongoing running costs
|Servicing period||Buyers might want to take up a fixed-price servicing plan that covers servicing, labour and VAT for three years or 30,000 miles for a one-off payment. Intervals for the petrol models are 18,000 miles and 12,000 miles for the diesel.|
|Warranty||Three years/60,000 miles.|
|Road tax (12 months)||
£0 - £300
See tax rates for all versions
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How much is it to insure?
Vehicle excise duty (VED) varies according to the CO2 emissions and the fuel type of the vehicle. For cars registered before 01 March 2001 it is based on engine size. For cars registered on or after 01 March 2001 the VED or road tax is based on the car's CO2 emissions.
Buyers with an eco friendly attitude will be happy because Renault Clio emissions are comparably low. The best model in the range is the 1.5-litre dCi 88 which emits 94g/km of CO2 (making it free to tax).
Highest and lowest CO2 emissions
|Engine||CO2 emissions||Road tax (12 months)|
|1.5 DCI (88bhp) Diesel||94 g/km (Min)||£0|
|2.0 VVT Petrol||187 g/km (Max)||£300|
For every reliable second-generation Clio in our owner's review pages there seemed to be one that encountered problems. However, complaints about rattles and squeaks inside and other issues regarding build quality far outnumbered mechanical issues which suggests Renault Clio reliability should not be too shaky, despite the interior niggles. Early indications from the interior of this car are that it should fare better thanks to its softer materials and more robust construction.
We hope Renault has worked on the mechanical problems and we would be happy to increase our rating if this proves to be the case over time.
Car checklist problem points
|Body||No problems reported.|
|Engine / gearbox||No problems reported.|
|Other||A recall in 2006 where the gearbox may malfunction on automatic models. Another in 2007 for a potential brake light failure.|