Handling wise there's no contest. Clio every time. Grip levels are probably similar as are cornering speeds IF you dare to push the CTR hard enough
yeah that is a fair comment but the handling is not rubbish. it's just that due to the lack of feedback, it takes a while to realise the ctr's limits. but when pushed hard and driven properly it handles brilliantly. if you take one on the track you'll know what i mean. it's one of those cars you can just throw into a corner, ride out the understeer until you drift too far off your line and then lift off slightly and wait for the overtsteer to snap it back in shape. it's a really fun handling car but the steering gives you no confidence on the public road go fast round corners.
I tire of the defending the CTR, some of the rubbish posted on here is embarrasing...
In one of the posts here it talks about it being so heavy.....thats just crap, it often gets criticised for being to light which i can see. The chasis is impressive it has bags of grip, the rear end grip in the CTR is sensational with the full independent rear arms It doesnt rattle as much as the clio and sometime lacks the sensation for speed...." a disapointing experience in a CTR is a misunderstood expierence" Its also crap to say the 225 engine is dull, it just isnt...
I dont mind reasonable critiquing of cars. Like I said, most people have chosen the clio, hence the playing up of the strengths. But in all honesty, relability, retention, seating position, straightline speed, space, comfort, the clio is bottom in them all..... now havent seen any posting about that. Also the clio is the least tuneable out of the three as well.
yeah depends what your after.
Looks - 182 wins hand down - the CTR are really starting to look dated now. Cupras are a bit too chunky and nothign special, they can quite easily blend in with a standard focus.
Performance - Nothing in it but the Clio and CTR are more fun.
Equipment - 182 wins this one, the CTR can sort of match it but it is pathetically overpriced to even do so.
Price wise the CTR will hol dits value the best follwed by the clio, Cupras just arent sort after enough so it will hurt your pocket.
Overall - Clio every time for me. Certainly not the Cupra.