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Renault Clio Hatchback running costs and reliability

2005 - 2012 (change model)
Running costs rating: 4 out of 54.0

Written by Chris Ebbs Published: 6 June 2019 Updated: 2 October 2023

Miles per pound (mpp)

Reliable fuel consumption data for comparison purposes is not available for this model.
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Fuel economy

A more stringent standard for fuel economy (WLTP) was introduced from September 2017, and this model was not required to undergo that test. Its fuel economy measured under the previous test system was 35 - 78 mpg. However these figures are less likely to be achievable in real world driving and so should never be compared to another car's mpg which was measured under the newer, more realistic WLTP system.
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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.

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).

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.

Ongoing running costs

Road tax £0 - £365
Insurance group 5 - 19
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