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Renault Clio Renaultsport review

2006 - 2012 (change model)
Parkers overall rating: 4 out of 54.0

At a glance

Price new £15,285 - £21,375
Used prices £1,427 - £6,032
Road tax cost £385 - £415
Insurance group 30 - 31
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Fuel economy Not tested to latest standards
Range 399 - 411 miles
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Available fuel types

Petrol

Pros & cons

PROS

Pin-sharp handling, understated styling, good standard equipment, strong performance

CONS

Very firm ride, uncomfortable and tiring on motorways, Cup models are sparsely kitted out

Written by David Ross Published: 6 June 2019 Updated: 6 June 2019

Overview

This is the hot version of the Clio, tuned by the masters at Renaultsport – the side of the firm that’s responsible for motor racing. It follows a simple recipe – it’s a three-door Clio with a 2.0-litre engine and tuned chassis to make it an involving drive with some added-on sports styling to hammer the point home. The original model has 197bhp, while the revised version – introduced in May 2009 – offers 200bhp along with a sharper looking front end.

As before, 0-62mph takes less than seven seconds and it handles superbly with masses of grip. However, while it’s great on twisting roads, the hot Clio can be tiring to drive in town while a stiff ride means it is rarely comfortable.