I liked the Renault Clio 2009; it is very efficient with a bit of flair, which is probably why it is so popular.
In the engine line-up for the 3-door Renault Clio, you will find three petrol engines and two diesels - well one diesel with two power outputs. The Renault Clio Extreme is offered with a 1.2 16V 75PS petrol engine or the 1.5dCi diesel with the 86PS output; both with a 5-speed manual gearbox.
The Renault Clio Dynamique has the same engines but adds a turbo to the petrol engine, increasing the power to 100PS. Meanwhile, the Renault Clio GT has the new 1.6VVT 128 and the higher output diesel engine 106PS both with 6-speed manual gearboxes. Automatic is not an option on the three-door Renault Clio.
All but the 1.6 engines have Renault's green 'Eco2' logo next to their listing and indeed on the rear windscreen. Meaning that particular Clio has CO2 emissions of less than 140g/km, has been made in a factory with ISO 14001, certification and is 95 per cent recyclable. Also a minimum of five per cent of the plastic used in the manufacture of the car has to have been recycled.
The Renault Clio test car housed the 1.5dCi unit, which produces 86PS at 3,750rpm and 200Nm of torque at 1,900rpm. Around town it has a youthful demeanour with plenty of go on tap should you need it. Motorway travelling is equally as enjoyable and it is happy to mix it with some of the faster cars on the road.
Of course, good as it is, there are limits to the Renault Clio's performance and as such, the test car had a top speed of 108mph and a 0-62mph time of 12.7 seconds. Although the Renault Clio 2009 is well balanced, it is not the agility that will put a smile on customers' faces but more than likely, the fuel consumption figures.
For the urban cycle the Renault Clio, as tested, should return somewhere in the region of 54.3mpg, on the extra-urban cycle it is more likely to be around 70.6mpg and the combined works out about 64.2mpg. It does, however, depend on your driving style but I can say that without trying, I came pretty close to those figures. Better still, CO2 emissions are measured at 117g/km.
I liked the Renault Clio 2009; it is very efficient with a bit of flair, which is probably why it is so popular. Given the choice, I would go for the five-door version simply for the convenience the two extra doors afford and it has a better choice of engines.30 September 2009
Renault Clio Road Test Data
|Model Reviewed||Renault Clio 3 Door 1.5D Dynamique|
|Performance (manufacturers data)|
|0 - 62 mph||12.7 Seconds|
|Top Speed||108 mph|
|CO2 Emissions (NEDC Figures)||g/km|
|Economy (NEDC Figures)|
|Extra Urban||70.6 mpg|
|Euro NCAP Rating||5 Star|
|Warranty||3 Years / 60000 Miles|
|Price (when tested on the 30/09/09)||£13,320|