Auto Express's reliability ratings are based on our Driver Power survey of over 30,000 car owners. Ratings are the average for all owners of this car who responded. Individual owners’ ratings and comments appear below.
56-reg Petrol, Owner for Less than a year

Car was 3 years old, 14K miles but badio failed in first few weeks ( was a recall issue not dealt with before) Car then started intermittently breaking down, scaring my wife who does a 40 mile commute in it. Main dealer (JB in Banbury) charged me £90 for a diagnostic but could not find fault. Next day it failed altogether and Green Flag towed and fixed it for £90 ( water temp sensor). I am very unimpressed with Renault build quality and reliability - I wanted a Colt but my wife preferred the Renault "image" - I won't buy another, It drives ok, but when my families' other cars are a Mazda, Skoda and Mitsubishi that have done 100K, 170K and 110K , why should I put up with this bad quality?

Reliability: 2/5 Build Quality: 3/5
53-reg Petrol, Owner for More than 5 years

I bought my car as a small run around as my journey to work every day was, at the time, approx 3 miles each way. Now my daily commute is 25 miles each way and the car is handling this well. Ideally I would prefer to be driving a slightly larger car now, and I will probably change my clio for a larger model when finances allow.
The only niggle I have ever had with the car was an intermittent starting problem which took 2 or 3 attempts to repair, however I was treated courteously each time and the fault has not recurred.
I would definitely buy another Renault.

Reliability: 3/5 Build Quality: 3/5
T-reg Petrol, Owner for 1 to 3 years

on retirement i returned my lease car because of the cost and the large drop in my mileage and seeing i only do about 10 to 20 miles per week, i decided to get an old banger. I had to get a new exhaust as it failed its mot. about 4 weeks later my fual pipe joint in the engine compartment parted and i lost nearly £25 worth of petrol before i found the fault, since it was clicked back in place its been ok.
I dont know if it was the exhaust people or the mot inspector caused it by pulling the pipe. as i cannot see how it came adrift on its own.

Reliability: 4/5 Build Quality: 3/5
2011-reg Petrol, Owner for 1 to 3 years

Had a fault with the built in bluetooth imusic device failing which took 3 trips to the dealer to get replaced. boot catch went faulty and kept unlocking itself and opening whenever the car was locked or unlocked and sometimes when driving. was replaced and found to be water inside the switch causing the fault. Better mpg would be ideal.

Reliability: 4/5 Build Quality: 4/5
2005-reg Petrol, Owner for more than 5 years

Ran pretty much faultlessly for over 5 years. only things to let me down were battery and recently the waterpump both of which were caught and didn't cause any other damage. Most costs decent but being a rs some things are more. with trophy the sachs dampers are a cost. them requiring a refurb every 2-4 years at a cost of approx ł500.

Reliability: 4/5 Build Quality: 4/5
56-reg Petrol, Owner for 1 to 3 years

Being car of the year at the time of purchase we thought it would be a good investment. Generally speaking it has lived up to this accolade in proving to be reliable and a nice car to drive etc. Would I buy another one - it would certainly appear on the 'cars to see list ' if we were considering the same sized car the next time.

Reliability: 4/5 Build Quality: 4/5
56-reg Petrol, Owner for 3 to 5 years

Previous generation Campus Sport Model, so older design to current Clio model. Many niggling faults such as rattles and noises fixed under warranty, but nothing major. Handles well and goes ok for only a 1.2. Could do with more interior space, although its not a major issueand build quality could be better.

Reliability: 4/5 Build Quality: 3/5
08-reg Diesel, Owner for Less than a year

The Renault Clio is a fantastic little car it does what I need it to do, The only problem is that I recently needed to change the headlight bulbs on the car but because their is limited space to change the bulbs was forced to use a Renault dealer and could not do the job myself total rip off £35.25.

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 4/5
Other-reg Petrol, Owner for More than 5 years

It's old and a bit creaky but I'm used to it. It's very reliable and has given no trouble after long periods of non use due to my ill health, and this freezing weather hasn't affected it - it still starts first time. I expect the bodywork to rot before anything goes faulty!

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 2/5
2008-reg Petrol, Owner for 3 to 5 years

Always starts first time. no breakdowns or issues. a reliable little car which is great to drive, stylish, comfortable and well put together. Cheap to run and service. good tyres are costly and fuel is exorbitant but that is not renault's fault.

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 5/5
2010-reg Petrol, Owner for 1 to 3 years

I had the car less then a year when it decided it didn't want to start. I took it back to the dealership who examined the car and came back with answer 'this was the cars personality'. Ok about ł120 a month just doing under 1000 miles.

Reliability: 2/5 Build Quality: 3/5
57-reg Diesel, Owner for 1 to 3 years

The Renault Clio is a great car.
I cannot understand why they have a poor reputation on reliability.
I know a number of other people who are also very pleased with their Clios - so I don't think I have just been lucky with mine.

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 5/5
2001-reg Petrol, Owner for 1 to 3 years

It's only broken down 1 time since I've had it and has been playing up with a dodge connection to the starter, but we've hopefully fixed that problem. Doesn't cost much with petrol, cheap insurance, easily obtainable spares.

Reliability: 3/5 Build Quality: 3/5
X-reg Petrol, Owner for Less than a year

good little runner, reliable but a few problems but being old its expected, better than my last car which was a punto falling to pieces that 8i was done over with so anything seems better, nice body work really easy to drive

Reliability: 4/5 Build Quality: 4/5
06-reg Petrol, Owner for 3 to 5 years

An excellent, roomy, chic, economical and reliable car that will swallow bigger loads than you expect (especially useful when we moved house). Very easy to drive (especially compared with the Megane that I had before it).

Reliability: 4/5 Build Quality: 4/5
2008-reg Petrol, Owner for 3 to 5 years

Poor tyre wear on standard tyres fitted from new. New battery,new tyres all round & servicing [new tyres fitted to rear @ less12.000 miles front tyres fitted @ 16.000 miles new battery fitted @22.000 miles.

Reliability: 4/5 Build Quality: 3/5
2011-reg Petrol, Owner for 1 to 3 years

Have had no problems since purchase and none to refer on first service now due. Still original parts and running gear. mph max 55 and average 45 no oil used or other checked consumable except screen wash.

Reliability: 4/5 Build Quality: 4/5
56-reg Petrol, Owner for 3 to 5 years

It is a fantastic car, especially for the price. The only small problem is the relatively high cost of servicing at Renault dealers, in comparison to servicing costs for other manufacturers' small cars.

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 5/5
2001-reg Petrol, Owner for 3 to 5 years

There was a time when the electrical warning light kept on flashing up when I was in rush hour traffic. It had a few problems that the renault dealer fixed but the problems have made it quite expensive.

Reliability: 3/5 Build Quality: 4/5
2008-reg Diesel, Owner for 1 to 3 years

Has had a new front shock absorber mount, aircon has failed and smoke coming out of the wiper stalk, so wash/wipe now not working. Has cost me far too much in repairs for such a young car.

Reliability: 2/5 Build Quality: 1/5
2008-reg Petrol, Owner for less than a year

2 gearbox rebuilds in under a year. a few engine sensor issues. wiring problems. 250 miles to a full tank about town, too and from work but on a long run 350+ miles per tank is achievable.

Reliability: 3/5 Build Quality: 3/5
2004-reg Petrol, Owner for more than 5 years

Nothing has gone wrong - always feel confident when driving it that it will stop start and go without a problem. Use specialist garage for renault sport rather than local renault dealer.

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 3/5
2006-reg Petrol, Owner for less than a year

There are a few little things that are unreliable, for example headlights, air filters etc. other than that the car is mechanically reliable. Drinks petrol as though it is an alcoholic.

Reliability: 4/5 Build Quality: 4/5
2003-reg Petrol, Owner for less than a year

No problems, so suprising for a french car !!, touch wood ! Thirst for fuel is moderate, but uses a lot to run within the winter time !, decent in good weather - ie air temperature.

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 4/5
06-reg Diesel, Owner for 1 to 3 years

The problem with the engine was down to Contaminated fuel.

Overall, I am impressed with the car, it is significantly better and more expensive feeling than the previous Clios.

Reliability: 4/5 Build Quality: 2/5
2006-reg Diesel, Owner for more than 5 years

Good reliability after first 20k, showing signs of weakening after 90k both engine & body. Large fuel tank can cost but means less frequent stops however. parts are average.

Reliability: 4/5 Build Quality: 2/5
06-reg Petrol, Owner for 3 to 5 years

Replaced this car after having a Mk 2 Clio which was faultless , trusted the brand but as with a lot of Manufacturers more seems to be put into presentation than longevity

Reliability: 1/5 Build Quality: 4/5
2010-reg Petrol, Owner for 1 to 3 years

It has already needed the gearbox replaced, after only 18 months and18000 miles! Pretty reasonable insurance, petrol costs average to good. pretty much as I expected.

Reliability: 2/5 Build Quality: 3/5
53-reg Petrol, Owner for 3 to 5 years

RenaultSport Clio 182: a joy to drive. Cheap to run. Bad electrics and build quality don't really make up for the fun you have driving it by the scruff of the neck.

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 3/5
2009-reg Diesel, Owner for 1 to 3 years

I havent had many problems with the car, and it has never broken down. its easy to drive and nice to drive. It is diesel so the tank lasts a long time.

Reliability: 4/5 Build Quality: 4/5
2012-reg Petrol, Owner for less than a year

I have had no problems with any of the electrical, transmission or body of the vehicle. Fuel consumption is the biggest problem for a small family car.

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 5/5
2009-reg Petrol, Owner for 3 to 5 years

Most very reliable. one or two niggles but not effecting the driving reliability. Ok for petrol consumption. higher servicing costs through dealer.

Reliability: 4/5 Build Quality: 4/5
51-reg Petrol, Owner for More than 5 years

The renault is fine but ive had bits and pieces go wrong with it throughout. Ive always driven a pergout before and didnt have this trouble

Reliability: 4/5 Build Quality: 2/5
2003-reg Petrol, Owner for 1 to 3 years

Bought with 7 owners so some teething problems, but nothing major. general wear and tear. Some big bills initially like cambelt and bushes.

Reliability: 4/5 Build Quality: 3/5
V-reg Petrol, Owner for 1 to 3 years

A very appropriate first car; easy to insure, relatively inexpensive to run but flawed electrics and poor build quality let the model down.

Reliability: 3/5 Build Quality: 2/5
2009-reg Petrol, Owner for 3 to 5 years

Mechanically very reliable so far, hopeless in snow, slides all over the place. Apart from servicing, and mot not much expense so far.

Reliability: 4/5 Build Quality: 3/5
2010-reg Petrol, Owner for 1 to 3 years

No problems so far. Service only every 12,000 miles or 2 years which is good. petrol consumption much higher than that advertised.

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 5/5
51-reg Petrol, Owner for 1 to 3 years

a great little car which i use for my daily commute to university, about 50 miles there and back without any problems at all!

Reliability: 4/5 Build Quality: 3/5
2005-reg Petrol, Owner for 3 to 5 years

Only had to replace battery which was my own fault. It's not bad. it's got worse just because of the general cost of petrol.

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 4/5
2010-reg Petrol, Owner for 1 to 3 years

No mechanical problems. Takes a while to get to running temp and can be thirsty on long motorway drives at cruzing speed.

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 3/5
2003-reg Petrol, Owner for less than a year

Many small machanical breakages occur and several things (engine mounts, exhaust), are basically regular consumables

Reliability: 3/5 Build Quality: 2/5
2010-reg Petrol, Owner for 1 to 3 years

Never been a problem. Excellent fuel consumption. excellent tyre wear. service costs low with big intervals.

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 4/5
56-reg Diesel, Owner for 3 to 5 years

Nothing flash. Reliable and economical fuel wise, but costly main dealer servicing. A good all rounder.

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 4/5
54-reg Petrol, Owner for 1 to 3 years

Bought the car on price and it has proved to be a good, honest and reliable, general usage hatchback.

Reliability: 4/5 Build Quality: 4/5
2011-reg Petrol, Owner for less than a year

So far no problems. Just had 12000 mile service - cost ł190, including changing cabin air filter.

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 5/5
2003-reg Diesel, Owner for 3 to 5 years

Engine replaced due to injectors shorting to earth. Only 30 pounde tax per year and fuel use.

Reliability: 3/5 Build Quality: 5/5
55-reg Petrol, Owner for Less than a year

very good little car, ive had no issues with it. it does everything i ask of it within reason

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 5/5
2005-reg Petrol, Owner for 3 to 5 years

Electrics are very poor. always problems with headlights and airbag light very intermittant

Reliability: 2/5 Build Quality: 1/5
2012-reg Diesel, Owner for less than a year

I have been driving renault's for over 10 years and have never had a major problem. N/a.

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 5/5
W-reg Petrol, Owner for 3 to 5 years

an excellent car whose only problems have been normal wear and tear on a car of its age

Reliability: 4/5 Build Quality: 4/5
2004-reg Petrol, Owner for 1 to 3 years

Considering the mileage it's done it's very reliable. I can get 40 plus mon on a run.

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 3/5
1997-reg Diesel, Owner for 3 to 5 years

No problems since purchase. Insurance and tax per year ł480 plus servicing and fuel.

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 4/5
2002-reg Petrol, Owner for less than a year

Considering it has done over 100,800 miles it has been really really reliable! .

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 4/5
2010-reg Petrol, Owner for 1 to 3 years

No problems in respect of reliability. Told would get nearer 30mph. road tax 250.

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 4/5
2010-reg Petrol, Owner for 1 to 3 years

No problems so far. Not as quite economical to run as indicated in the brochure.

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 5/5
05-reg Petrol, Owner for 3 to 5 years

A nice sporty little car that is fun to drive and has always been reliable.

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 5/5
54-reg Diesel, Owner for 3 to 5 years

low road tax, fuel efficient, reasonable running costs, very reliable

Reliability: 4/5 Build Quality: 4/5
1998-reg Petrol, Owner for less than a year

Car has the wear and tear for its age but has yet to break down. N/a.

Reliability: 3/5 Build Quality: 3/5
04-reg Diesel, Owner for 3 to 5 years

Serves me well but I wish there was a courtesy light in the boot.

Reliability: 2/5 Build Quality: 3/5
X-reg Petrol, Owner for More than 5 years

my car is quite cute and it has served me well over the years

Reliability: 3/5 Build Quality: 3/5
59-reg Petrol, Owner for Less than a year

Too many niggly faults and poor backup from Renault Dealers

Reliability: 3/5 Build Quality: 2/5
55-reg Petrol, Owner for 1 to 3 years

A good solid small car which is reliable and easy to drive.

Reliability: 4/5 Build Quality: 4/5
2006-reg Diesel, Owner for 3 to 5 years

Fuel pump failureinjection system problems in cold weather

Reliability: 3/5 Build Quality: 4/5
2012-reg Diesel, Owner for 1 to 3 years

No faults in the first year. Good mpg keeps costs down.

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 3/5
2010-reg Petrol, Owner for less than a year

Hasn't caused any problems (yet!). Fine at the moment.

Reliability: 4/5 Build Quality: 4/5
2006-reg Petrol, Owner for less than a year

Reliable. no issues yet. Too thirsty. revs too high.

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 4/5
2004-reg Petrol, Owner for less than a year

The cars been faultless so far. Reasonable to run,.

Reliability: 4/5 Build Quality: 3/5
57-reg Petrol, Owner for 1 to 3 years

Overall a great car but has its annoying niggles.

Reliability: 2/5 Build Quality: 3/5
56-reg Petrol, Owner for 1 to 3 years

A very useful and reliable member of the family.

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 4/5
2012-reg Petrol, Owner for less than a year

Fifth renault clio =very happy. Not too bad.

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 4/5
2009-reg Diesel, Owner for 1 to 3 years

No problems from new. Always get over 70mph.

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 4/5
07-reg Petrol, Owner for Less than a year

a good fun car to drive will make you smile

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 5/5
57-reg Petrol, Owner for 1 to 3 years

great sporty 2litre good looker reliable

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 4/5
2012-reg Petrol, Owner for less than a year

One problem with squeaking clutch pedal

Reliability: 4/5 Build Quality: 4/5
03-reg Petrol, Owner for More than 5 years

IDEAL FOR MY LIFESTYLE AND FAMILY NEEDS

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 3/5
2010-reg Diesel, Owner for less than a year

No problems so far. Economical to run.

Reliability: 4/5 Build Quality: 4/5
V-reg Petrol, Owner for Less than a year

Its a good car to get around in.

Reliability: 2/5 Build Quality: 2/5
2012-reg Petrol, Owner for less than a year

Reliable. Deaerthan I thought.

Reliability: 4/5 Build Quality: 4/5
2006-reg Petrol, Owner for 3 to 5 years

No problems ever. Affordable.

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 4/5
2011-reg Petrol, Owner for 1 to 3 years

No problems encountered

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 4/5
2007-reg Petrol, Owner for more than 5 years

Very rarely has faults

Reliability: 4/5 Build Quality: 3/5
04-reg Petrol, Owner for 3 to 5 years

Persistent problems!!!

Reliability: 2/5 Build Quality: 2/5
51-reg Petrol, Owner for Less than a year

good but unreliable

Reliability: 2/5 Build Quality: 2/5
2006-reg Petrol, Owner for less than a year

I have no problem

Reliability: 4/5 Build Quality: 5/5
2012-reg Petrol, Owner for less than a year

To soon to tell. .

Reliability: 4/5 Build Quality: 3/5
2009-reg Petrol, Owner for 1 to 3 years

No problems so far

Reliability: 4/5 Build Quality: 3/5
59-reg Petrol, Owner for Less than a year

it's great so far

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 5/5
2011-reg Petrol, Owner for 1 to 3 years

Excellent. Ok.

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 4/5
2007-reg Petrol, Owner for 1 to 3 years

Good. Good.

Reliability: 4/5 Build Quality: 4/5
W-reg Petrol, Owner for Less than a year

Very good

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 5/5
Other-reg Petrol, Owner for 3 to 5 years

Good

Reliability: 4/5 Build Quality: 3/5