Thanks for your reply.
I'm hoping that this would be pretty cheap, I know the engines are pretty frugal, my concern is more about things going wrong.
I don't doubt the Clio handles better. Does the cup pack matter? I thought it was just a trim level? Spoiler, splitter, wheels, its all cosmetic, right?
If you've had an EP3 and a 182 and you found the 182 more "livable" then that's reassuring as my ep3 was a fantastic daily do-everything car, Very comfortable, spacious, good ride, space for mates in the back, reasonable on fuel, etc. Obviously the clio is a size smaller.
P.s. - ep3 is definitely faster than a clio 182
Yeah a very fair point!
100% my Clio has the legs on both mates with EP3's not that it matters - similar ball park either way round, nippy but not crazy fast. I have not owned an EP3 but have frequently driven them, I borrowed a mates FN2 for a couple of weeks last month so have a recent reference for that.
By more livable I mean that the I find EP3's a bit rough and ready, the Clio in standard trim is smoother with more low down torque so makes all normal driving duties more pleasant - I prefer the sound and cult status of an EP3 but as said other than gearbox my 182 ousts the various Type R's than mates have now and have owned over the years.
The cup pack cars have better shock absorbers, different front hubs and larger wheel front wheel bearings. They are better than non cup packed cars and imo the best daily as they have all the nice features (auto lights, AC, cruise, HID's etc) plus the better suspension of a cup.