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Hey Simon, i have to agree with you the clio 172 mk2 has possibly one of the worst tugning circles i have ever seen. It can become a bit of a hazard too because at times when you need to do a quick U-turn ends up being a full 3-point turn in the middle of the road.
I am not sure if the mk1 is any better-maybe its because it has 16s and renault have reduced the full lock to prevent the wheels scrubbing on the inner arches. I have been in smaller engined clio mk2s and they have a much better turning cirlce.
Can anyone explain why the 172 has such a poor turning circle???
going from a 1.0 micra (which has one of the best turning circles) to a 172 really makes you notice the poor turning circle of the 172, my mums 1.2 clio isnt as bad (its a mk1) but its still poor in comparison to the micra.
Doesnt really bother me that much, I know what I can turn in now so i just make sure that the road is quiet or there is enough space.
well I have no idea whether the Mk1 is better or worse, but it is certainly useless!!! It has a lousy turning circle, so from the sound of it they are probably about the same!! But, hey, you cant have everything perfect can you, and apart from this one small detail mine is perfect (in my opinion only, of course!!!!)
Think bad turning circles ....think Phase 1 1.9 Diesel (My good wifes company carraige). Sounds like a tractor, drives like a tractor, rattles like a tractor and turns like a tractor ! However done 180K+ miles on original suspension and engine. Still going like an argricultural workhorse! Only major faults have been a dodgy injector and goosed heater matrix ! Cant knock it for reliability. (Apologies to any diesel drivers ...I love all Clios ...honest!)
Just checked on the Reno official website. According to the tech specs ALL new Clio II models (ie. 1.2, 1.216V, 1.416V, 1.5dCi, Cup and 172 have a wall to wall turning citcle of 10.7m.....but then Ive spotted mistakes on their specs before!
Not sure what the figures are for the Clio I range?