Renault Clio Campus review

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Renault Clio Campus
2006 model
By Auto Express Test TeamComments

Renault continues to offer the 'old' Clio a cheaper, entry-level model and revives the Campus badge to differentiate it from its newer relative. Only three models will be offered in the hugely pared down range, the Campus models available with a choice of three engines. The first is the 1.2-litre petrol with 60bhp, a 16-valve version of the same unit boosting power to 75bhp. There's a diesel choice, too, the 1.5-litre dCi unit with 68bhp. All offer inexpensive motoring with frugal consumption combined with adequate rather than sparkling performance. Trim level choices are similarly pared down, the Campus only offered in standard Campus or Campus Sport form, the specification of each including essentials like ABS with EBD, driver and passenger airbags, height adjustable driver's seat and steering wheel, body coloured bumpers, a fingertip remote controlled two speaker radio cassette player and 60/40 split rear seats. Sport models add a body coloured rear spoiler, alloy wheels, front fog lamps, a trip computer and interior enhancements like blue/grey upholstery and satin chrome inserts on the dashboard and doors.

Inside it's not as spacious as newer rivals, but it makes up for this with an enjoyable driving experience. The steering is precise and the body control good, though none of the engines on offer are going to have you hunting for favourite roads. Instead the Clio Campus models offer a (slightly) cheaper route to new car ownership at your Renault dealer, though we'd recommend waiting and saving the small amount more you'll require to get into the Campus's more spacious, refined and better equipped Clio III. Either that or look at budget rivals like Hyundai and Kia that offer better space, more modernity and tempting finance and warranty packages for those drivers who are limited by budgetary constraints.

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Last updated: 29 Dec, 2006