Renault Clio - even better for Nicole (and Papa)

THOSE of you who are old enough to remember the Papa and Nicole adverts for the Renault Clio are also old enough to remember what Renault used to be like. Scrub that image from your mind and have a look again, Renault is making some seriously good cars these days. Even the prices are within the reach of the most meagre budget, one of those cars is the Clio.

THOSE of you who are old enough to remember the Papa and Nicole adverts for the Renault Clio are also old enough to remember what Renault used to be like. Scrub that image from your mind and have a look again, Renault is making some seriously good cars these days. Even the prices are within the reach of the most meagre budget, one of those cars is the Clio.

It used to be in the Supermini segment but it’s getting a bit big for that now, the 5 door model I drove feels as big as a standard hatchback but still snug enough to be a class below.

I had a Tom Tom version, which comes with a sat nav built into the dash with a remote control, air con, alloys and some other trinkets. The driver’s seat is very comfy and all of the controls are at hand, it’s a really nice place to be.

It’s powered by a 1.2ltr 75bhp petrol unit and while it won’t win any races it’s enough to get you around, it’s economical too getting 5.9ltrs per 100kms.

The boot will hold 288ltrs but with the seats folded it can take 1038ltrs.

Over the time I had it I loved the little car that thought it was big, it’s a fun and happy little car. Pop along to Joe Mallon Motors and ask for a test drive, you won’t be disappointed.

Bob Flavin

www.thenextgear.com