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This is in the current Which? magazine cars report.
Comfortable, smart and responsive - the Clio is a big car with a small body
more than meets the eye. Drivers were attracted to the Clio by its size - its fuel efficient and insurance costs are low.
Although the Clio is a small car, six owners praise the amount of space inside. The car is seen as ideally suited to couples and singles, but most drivers find it can take four adults comfortably when necessary, and all ten are pleased with the boot space. One mum says: Its brilliant... I can get the babys pushchair and my shopping in there as well - theres plenty of space in the boot.
Drivers agree that the Clio is a good all-rounder, though its seen as particularly good around town and easy to park.
Performance depends on the model you pick. There are more than 12 versions of the Clio, ranging from a basic 1.2 to a 3.0-litre V6. Nine out of ten owners are pleased with the performance and acceleration of the Clio. Those with the 16V are particularly impressed, but even those with the basic engine say its quite nippy. All ten are impressed with the handling and the brakes.
Although the number of features depends on the model, half the owners praise the high specification and think the Clio is great value for money.
The Clio has ABS brakes, four airbags, an immobiliser and remote central locking as standard on all versions. All ten drivers feel safe in the car, and the level of safety features prompts one driver to comment: I feel safer in this than I have in any other small car.
Five people have had niggling problems, though no mechanical faults. Nine out of ten would recommend the Clio to a friend.
Facts at a glance.
On the road price £7,495 to £25,995
Size (l x w) 3.77m x 1.64m
Engine sizes 1.2, 1.4, 1,6, 2.0 and 3.0 petrol; 1.5 diesel
Fuel consumption 25.2mpg to 65.7mpg
CO2 emissions 115g/km to 267g/km
Brand reliability - Poor
Safety - One of the safest superminis
Security (theft from car) Being assessed