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This car has been superseded by a newer model, click here to go to the latest Renault Clio Renaultsport (13-16) review.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: 4 out of 5 4.0
Renault Clio Renaultsport (06-12) - rated 4 out of 5
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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

At a glance

New price £15,285 - £21,375
Used price £1,530 - £5,690
Fuel economy 33 - 34 mpg
Road tax cost £300 - £325
Insurance group 30 - 31 How much is it to insure?

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

Renault Clio Renaultsport rivals

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.

Renault Clio Renaultsport rivals

Other Renault Clio (2005 - 2012) models: