This car has been superseded by a newer model, click here to go to the latest Renault Clio Renaultsport (13-16) review.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

The cabin is very similar to the standard Clio which means it’s neatly designed and well finished. There are a few differences, including a dark metal finish on the centre console, sports seats and red stitching, but it doesn’t really stand out as the cabin of a hot hatchback. The height-adjustable driver’s seat means the driving position is good though and the steering adjusts for reach and rake.

As it’s based on the Clio, the Renaultsport version has decent cabin room. Boot and interior space is good, although it’s quite tight in the back for two adults. What isn’t so good is the often frantic driving experience. While it’s enjoyable on open roads, on the motorway the noisy engine and lack of in-gear power means it’s not relaxing to drive. Add in a very firm ride (especially noticeable in town) and the Clio is rarely a comfortable car to drive or be a passenger in.

Cup models are meant to be more driver focussed but that doesn’t excuse the fact that they aren’t fitted with air conditioning.