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This car has been superseded by a newer model, click here to go to the latest Renault Clio Renaultsport (13-16) review.

Parkers overall rating: 3.5 out of 5 3.5
Renault Clio Renaultsport (01-05) - rated 3.5 out of 5
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PROS

Performance and involvement

CONS

Motorway ride is rather harsh

At a glance

New price £13,200 - £15,500
Used price £700 - £2,665
Fuel economy 34 - 34 mpg
Road tax cost £300
Insurance group 31 - 33 How much is it to insure?

PROS

Performance and involvement

CONS

Motorway ride is rather harsh

Renault Clio Renaultsport rivals

Hot hatch buyers haven't had it so good since the 1980s. Every manufacturer worth their salt has a performance version of their supermini or small hatch. This is Renault's and it's one of the best in the business. The 172 was the original car - launched in 2001 - and was a very accomplished hot-hatch offering focused performance at a reasonable price.

A Cup version was launched in 2002 aimed at serious driving enthusiasts who wanted a car, without frills or luxuries, that they could throw around a race track. 2003 saw the model receive 10 bhp extra and a name change to 182. And as a final flourish, Renault launched a 'Trophy' model in mid 2005. Just 500 of these cars were available with sports suspension and Recaro bucket seats.

Renault Clio Renaultsport rivals

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