Rental Car Review : Renault Clio 1.2
Originally launched in 1990, the Renault Clio is currently in its fourth generation as of 2012.
The Clio has seen substantial critical and commercial success, being consistently one of Europe's top-selling cars since its launch, and it is largely credited with restoring Renault's reputation and stature after a difficult second half of the 1980s.
It was a bit of a surprise to be offered a Clio, as Renault's don't feature strongly in Enterprise Rent-a-Car's fleet. This is the second Clio I have hired from Enterprise.
Miles driven: 285.9
Average MPG: 40.5
Type of driving: Mainly motorways and fast A roads.
Likes: economy, keyless entry and starting via START/STOP dashboard pushbutton, in-car entertainment/Sat Nav system is very easy to operate (no CD player - you are forced to go MP3, etc), cruise control, maximum speed limiter (adjustable), digital only readout of MPH take getting used to (rev counter and fuel gauges are analogue).
Dislikes: automatic windscreen wipers makes crazy decisions, clutch bites quickly at top end of pedal travel, usual modern car oversized pillars reducing vision (but not as bad as some), rearward vision, just enough power (1.2 petrol), seems very low geared, no temperature gauge, the many shiny surfaces of the interior reflect too much sunshine (especially on a low Sun winters day) - and in the future these will probably look awful as the surfaces get marked with scratches (this example is starting to), very noisy and harsh at motorway speeds, in-car entertainment/Sat Nav system (no CD player - you are forced to go MP3) will only play MP3 files! (not WMA, etc), door mirror glass shape.
Items of note:
Renault don't seem to put much effort into the right hand drive model of the Clio. On a previous model of Clio (I forget which) they didn't, or couldn't, swap over the windscreen wipers so they wipe to the right.
On this model the handbrake is not mounted centrally, it is very close to the (now) passengers seat. This can potentially have unforeseen consequences. Either good or bad.
For example: while travelling with a larger than average female, or indeed male, colleague you'd be whipped into the office faster than you can say 'Human Resources' for 'inappropriate behaviour' (aka 'Touching someone up')... or it could turn out in a very different circumstance altogether (Oh la la! - Zeez French!).
And yes, the regularly parked across two spaces Kia Picanto has gone! The owner has replaced it with a FIAT Panda. They work at Burtonwood Services.
The change of cars with first spotted by Flickr user VAGDave (see below)... what have I started!