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Renault Clio III (2005–2009)

Last updated 19 February 2019

Driving

Rooting around trying to zero the trip I found that ‘my' Dynamique was fitted with optional cruise control and speed limiter. This worked quite well on a horrible trip down the M4 in the rain via Gatso alley, which was fortunate because the front ‘Sport' seat squabs lack thigh support for someone my size and shape.

As a result of bad logistical planning, I had to make almost exactly the same journey the next day. But this time I had it sussed. M4, A303, A34, M4, A419, A417. I actually got back the 120 miles or so in one hour forty minutes without exceeding any speed limits, so that says quite a lot about the car and the cruise control. Fuel economy wasn't so brilliant. Just 32.49mpg over 310 miles, which is way short of the 42.8mpg official combined figure. However there may have been a disparity between my brim and the brim the car came with.

I found myself liking the Clio, though. It is undoubtedly the most chic small hatchback around. The 207 is much more fun to drive, but doesn't quite have the Clio's classy good looks. I liked the fit and finish of the trim: no cheap cost-cuttings there, and rather better than the hard plastics of the Leon I drove last week. I was trying to compare like for like against my favourite 207, the 1.4, but the obvious choice among the Clios has to be the 64mpg, 117g/km CO2, £50 a year VED 1.5 dCi 86. A little bit expensive at £11,840, but with enough ‘big car feel' for a high mileage driver to use as an economical business car.

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