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Renault Clio V6 (01-05) - rated 3.5 out of 5
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PROS

Looks, noise and kudos

CONS

Expensive for a Clio

PROS

Looks, noise and kudos

CONS

Expensive for a Clio

Verdict

The Clio V6 pays homage to the original Renault 5 Turbo of the 1980s which was developed for motorsport purposes - that too had an engine in place of the back seats and was rear-wheel-drive. The V6 uses the same layout which slashes its level of practicality to such an extent that you'll have to be creative just to get your weekly shopping home. However it also creates one of the most visually exciting road cars at any price with chunky looks, filled wheel arches and gaping air intakes.

This is an car for the enthusiast (you'd have to be to spend this much on a Clio) and not suitable for the inexperienced driver as it's much more challenging to drive than the almost-as-quick Renaultsport 182.