Renault Clio 1.6 Review
A worthwhile wait?

Story by Cheryl Tay, pictures by Azfar Hashim
2 Jul 2008

The third generation of the supermini from French carmaker, Renault, has finally reached our shores. So, was this car worth all that wait?  


For whatever reasons the car was delayed, the supermini from French manufacturer Renault is finally here in Singapore. After an extensive wait since its launch in 2005, the Clio is now into its third generation - developed bigger and safer than before.

Drivers these days are demanding for more interior space and safety, which at the same time, resulted to demand for better overall performance - hence the need for a stronger chassis and an increase in weight for support.

This five-door mini has grown considerably in an attempt to meet that particular demand – at almost four metres long with an additional 130 kilos – which, on a good note, is differentiating itself from its fellow mini counterparts.

Whilst others like the Mazda2 have revamped but made itself into something smaller in size, the Clio has almost outgrown this class with its overall increased space and weight. Being able to seat five adults comfortably certainly exceeds cars in its class - it can even seat people as tall as 1.9m! This may not be relevant to the Asian market, but hey, space is still a factor that many look out for.

The Clio may have grown bigger, but it still retains the cutesy factor - what with its individualistic styling and unique design, it’s hard not to be fond of the supersized little one. In fact, it captured much of my fellow ladies’ attention when out on the roads!

Though not a car that racing enthusiasts would probably consider, the Clio should still appeal to another segment which appreciates space and stability – gladly, the Clio’s enlarged cabin diminishes the previous claustrophobia associated with the outgoing model. Build quality is as good as the Megane, but still isn’t enough to warrant any loss of sleep from rivals. Unfortunately, the plastic-ky feel just didn’t cut it for me as it somehow cheapened the car’s status.

But then again, the design and controls within the cabin are detailed by today's standards, contributing to an overall solid feel. Although the driving position is much better compared to the Clio II, the steering column can still be improved for better reach.


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Engine Capacity 1598cc
Engine Type Inline 4
Power 111bhp @ 6000rpm
Torque 151Nm @ 4250rpm
Power to Weight 94.1 bhp per ton


Acceleration 12.2s (0-100 km/h)
Top Speed 186 km/h
Fuel Consumption (combined) 13.3 km/L

Misc Technical Data

Transmission 4 -speed Auto Tiptronic
Drive Type FF


Body Type 5 Door Hatch
(L x W x H)
(3986 x 2025 x 1497) mm
Wheelbase 2575 mm
Turning Circle 5.35 metres
Kerb Weight 1180 kg
Boot Capacity 288 L
Fuel Tank Capacity 55 L


Brakes (Front) Ventilated Discs
Brakes (Rear) Discs