Used Renault Clio (Mk4, 2012-2019) - What do owners think?
The Renault Clio has traditionally finished above many of its main rivals in our Driver Power survey
The Clio ranked above key rivals such as the Ford Fiesta, MINI, Skoda Fabia and Volkswagen Polo, finishing a strong 38th in our Driver Power 2017 used car satisfaction survey. Exterior fit and finish was easily the highlight (10th), while it also did well for safety, ride and handling. But the Clio’s interior and overall practicality weren’t so highly rated.
It did not feature in the 2018 Driver Power survey, although Renault’s track record with reliability has, in general, been improving over recent years. However, the firm dropped from 11th to 22nd (out of 27 manufacturers) between our 2016 and 2017 Driver Power surveys, with a 24th place finish in 2018.
Renault finished a disappointing 20th out of 29 in the Driver Power 2021 survey of manufacturers, with a score of 85.34 per cent. In fairness to Renault, that’s better than BMW, Land Rover and Audi, but it shows that there’s room for improvement. For example, Kia was ranked second, scoring an impressive 90.14 per cent.
The 1.5 dCi diesel engine offers proven reliability, but needs to be used on long trips to avoid potential diesel particulate filter (DPF) issues. A low-mileage Clio with a diesel engine isn’t necessarily a good purchase; one of the petrol engines is better suited to short trips and town driving.
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In this review
- 1Used Renault Clio (Mk4, 2012-2019) reviewThe Renault Clio is a stylish supermini that’s relatively cheap to run, but it’s not a class leader
- 2How much will it cost?Clio has great economy, low emissions and cheap insurance; high depreciation is the only real fly in the ointment, although this is good news for used car buyers
- 3How practical is it?Sleeker looks mask a wheelbase stretch and a class-leading boot – but the Clio is still cramped in the back
- 4What's it like to drive?The Clio is easy to drive and reasonably fun, but some rivals are more enjoyable.
- 5What should you look for?It doesn’t have the greatest reputation for reliability, but the quality has improved over recent years
- 6What do owners think? - currently readingThe Renault Clio has traditionally finished above many of its main rivals in our Driver Power survey