Renault Modus (2004-2012) owner reviews

"Thanks to its ingenious design and compact proportions, the Renault Modus is a practical and comfortable alternative to a family hatchback."

Carbuyer Rating

4.0 out of 5

Owners Rating

4.3 out of 5

60%of people would recommend this car to a friend.

Owner Rating

  • 17reviews
  • 15reviews
  • 3reviews

Common Problems

  • Electrics (4 cases)
  • Other (3 cases)
  • Brakes, Gearbox / clutch (1 cases)
  • Engine (3 cases)
  • Suspension (1 cases)
  • Brakes, Electrics (1 cases)
  • Electrics, Suspension (1 cases)

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

1-1.5 litre, Diesel, Manual

Year of registration

2005

Average annual mileage

10,000 – 14,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

New

Typical MPG

50

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

1-1.5 litre, Petrol, Manual

Year of registration

2007

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

New

Typical MPG

41

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

Dymonique, 1.0-litre to 1.5-litre, Diesel, Manual

Year of registration

2004

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

New

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

Dynamique, 1.6-litre to 1.9-litre, Petrol, Automatic

Year of registration

2004

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

3 - 5 years

Bought Car

New
Review
Great little motor. Hardly the styling statement of all time but practical and surprisingly adaptable. Easy to drive and comfortable ride. Ignition coil failure is a weak spot as is replacement of front bulbs.

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

privilege, 1.6-litre to 1.9-litre, Petrol, Manual

Year of registration

2005

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

3 - 5 years

Bought Car

New
Review
Versatile,reliable,low runnung costs.

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

Dynamique, 1.0-litre to 1.5-litre, Petrol, Manual

Year of registration

2006

Average annual mileage

0 – 4,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

New
Review
Perfectly practical

Owner Review

3 out of 5

Version

, 1.0-litre to 1.5-litre, Petrol, Manual

Year of registration

2005

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

More than 5 years

Bought Car

Used
Review
Poorly designed engine. Parts cheap, but labour expensive due to complexity of engine layout. Parts very light and easily worn. Comfortable to drive, but not made to last. Would never have a renault over 5 years old

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

Privilege, 1.0-litre to 1.5-litre, Diesel, Manual

Year of registration

2004

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

New
Review
Extremely practical, cheap to run, but a bit boring.

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

, 1.0-litre to 1.5-litre, Petrol, Manual

Year of registration

2004

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

New
Review
Excellent

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

Dynamique, 1.0-litre to 1.5-litre, Diesel, Manual

Year of registration

2010

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

Used
Review
Lived up to want we wanted, but made mistake when buying without a sunroof, but apart from this, the car is very comfortable, apart from windrush when the windows are open, the higher seats make driving more comfortable.

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

1-1.5 litre, Diesel, Manual

Year of registration

2005

Average annual mileage

10,000 – 14,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

New

Typical MPG

60

Owner Review

3 out of 5

Version

1.5-2 litre, Petrol, Manual

Year of registration

2004

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

New

Typical MPG

29

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

1.5-2 litre, Petrol, Automatic

Year of registration

2011

Average annual mileage

0 – 4,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

Used

Typical MPG

25
Review
So far very very good
Running Cost

3 out of 5

Not happy with the amount of petrol its useing , at this day and age

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

1-1.5 litre, Diesel, Semi Auto

Year of registration

2010

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

Used

Typical MPG

59
Review
Required replacement clutch/gearbox at 15 months old! Rust on rear quarter panel at 2 years!

Owner Review

3 out of 5

Version

1-1.5 litre, Petrol, Manual

Year of registration

2008

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

3 - 5 years

Bought Car

New

Typical MPG

35
Review
Is reliable car. Drove all the way to the middle of France in June . LOaded with 4 passengers and roof box. last year and covered 2000 miles in 11 days
Running Cost

4 out of 5

The running costs are usually at the MOT and service time. Petrol is managable.

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

DYNAMIQUE, 1.0-litre to 1.5-litre, Petrol, Manual

Year of registration

2008

Average annual mileage

0 – 4,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

Used
Review
Modus dynamique 1100turbo is a great small car, not flashy but reliable and plenty of performance for retired persons. Great carrying and variable luggage capacity, high level seating and comfortable enough although not mercedes like. For the price i paid i reckon a good buy.

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

initiale, 1.6-litre to 1.9-litre, Petrol, Manual

Year of registration

2005

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

New
Review
Quite happy with it possibly too many electric gadgets

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

dynamique, 1.0-litre to 1.5-litre, Diesel, Manual

Year of registration

2008

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

New
Review
Excellent, practical & reasonably economical

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

Dynamique, 1.0-litre to 1.5-litre, Diesel, Automatic

Year of registration

2008

Average annual mileage

0 – 4,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

Used
Review
It's a grand modus and i am very happy with it. The most annoying thing with it is that i can't fold all the seats down and have the drivers seat back enough to drive. The doors sound tinney when they are shut but all in all i'm very happy with it, this is my third renault and i feel i ought to change manufacturers next time. Most likely go for a hybrid.

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

Grand Modus, 1.0-litre to 1.5-litre, Diesel, Manual

Year of registration

2010

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

New

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

1.6 Initiale 5-door automatic

Year of registration

2005

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

New

Typical MPG

38
Review
OK bought this Modus as I need a car that's easy to get into + I need to drive an auto. Design of the car for driver/passengers is good, lots of cubby holes, under floor storage, it's loaded with automated systems like auto wipers/lights, cruise control with speed limiter, tiptronic gear shift etc, oil level on dashboard, plenty of information on mileage like trip, average mpg, miles left on fuel etc, air conditioning, it has a 5-star ncap rating with side airbags. It gets 30 mpg around town and 38 on a run probably more - we had a lot of traffic. It's easy to drive and park and has a reliable twincam engine that pulls well. Security is good - only drivers door unlocks with one click, all doors with 2 clicks or separate button for tailgate, inside total deadlock for all doors hatch, rear override for doors/windows with deadlock on even if the windows are broken they can't open the doors. Another feature is the doors lock until the car is moving at 6 mph they unlock so it has its own anti carjacking system! Bad points: it's designed for dealer-only maintenance - you can't just change the rear discs, you have to replace the rear wheel bearings and the ABS rings as well, power steering is electric - if it goes wrong it could cost over £1000 to replace, variable valve timing is by a dephaser that will be expensive requiring new timing belt pullies and best to replace the water pump while you're at it special tools knowledge required. Automatic transmission requires knowledge to check level, and a fluid change requires special knowledge plus the software requires Renault clip software reset although you can get this done cheaper at transmission shop, these units do suffer from poor cooling and the fact that Renault do not recommend changing the fluid whereas every other mfg of auto units say change the fluid at 30,000 miles. All of that said and being difficult to work on this little car, it is a reliable car. I took out the factory air filter and fitted an aftermarket - one it snorts if I put my toe down letting me know to back off plus it's washable and takes up less room. I have heard horror stories about water in the electrics, bad dash board electrics, transmissions going into limp mode, power window failings, water on the floors, petrol flaps not opening/hatches not opening etc etc. but this one has 53,000 on the clock and no probs yet. If you own a Renault your best information bank is YouTube and also the Renault forums. A bonus is a lot of parts are common to the Clio 3 and the Megane and others - also check out the parts and numbers on eBay. Ok that's it I was expecting a nightmare but having done the research on what's involved I'm happy with this car even though I have to take the front off to change the bulbs!

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

1-1.5 litre, Petrol, Manual

Year of registration

2007

Average annual mileage

0 – 4,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

New

Typical MPG

20
Review
its ok so far
Running Cost

3 out of 5

am trying to save up for it

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

1-1.5 litre, Diesel, Manual

Year of registration

2004

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

New
Review
Over the last 48 years I`ve had many cars. The last 7 have been Renault. So far, I`ve had no major problems.
Running Cost

4 out of 5

MPH of over 60 pleases me greatly.

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

1-1.5 litre, Diesel, Manual

Year of registration

2007

Average annual mileage

10,000 – 14,999

Owned

More than 5 years

Bought Car

Used

Typical MPG

57

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

1-1.5 litre, Petrol, Manual

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

3 - 5 years

Bought Car

New

Typical MPG

35
Review
It has always started
Running Cost

3 out of 5

Expensive MPG

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

Dynamique, 1.0-litre to 1.5-litre, Diesel, Automatic

Year of registration

2010

Average annual mileage

10,000 – 14,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

Used

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

Expression, 1.0-litre to 1.5-litre, Diesel, Manual

Year of registration

2005

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

New
Review
Excellent multi purpose car. Great around town, great for long distances too (surprisingly), very economical, comfortable and practical. Only downside is cost of servicing.

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

Dynamique, 1.0-litre to 1.5-litre, Petrol, Manual

Year of registration

2008

Average annual mileage

0 – 4,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

Used
Review
I am very pleased with it, though the service is expensive and it has to go to the dealer to change the headlamp bulb.

Owner Review

3 out of 5

Version

initiale, 1.0-litre to 1.5-litre, Diesel, Automatic

Year of registration

2006

Average annual mileage

10,000 – 14,999

Owned

3 - 5 years

Bought Car

Used
Review
Nice little car

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

, 1.0-litre to 1.5-litre, Diesel, Manual

Year of registration

2010

Average annual mileage

0 – 4,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

New
Review
Lovely little car. But i am very keen on the nissan note, so i think that would possibly be my next car.

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

Diamonique, 1.0-litre to 1.5-litre, Diesel, Manual

Year of registration

2010

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

Used
Review
Love it!! But wish i had opted for a sunroof, i love to have the sun in my car in the summer

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

Dynamique, 1.0-litre to 1.5-litre, Diesel, Automatic

Year of registration

2010

Average annual mileage

10,000 – 14,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

Used
Review
Comfortable, practical and economical.

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

1-1.5 litre, Diesel, Manual

Year of registration

2007

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

More than 5 years

Bought Car

Used

Typical MPG

60
Review
Very few problems since new and none serious
Running Cost

5 out of 5

Very economical - even around town 55 - 60 mpg. On long runs 65mpg

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

1-1.5 litre, Diesel, Manual

Year of registration

2005

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

New

Typical MPG

60
Review
Starts first time. Hasn't broke down so far. The headlight bulb has blown twice. I had to take it to a garage to have it changed because the bumper and under panel has to be taken off to change it. It can take up to 3 hours to change.
Running Cost

4 out of 5

Road Tax is Ł90 year. Very economical on diesel. Cost me Ł30 last time plus the bulb to have it changed.

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

Oasis, 1.0-litre to 1.5-litre, Diesel, Manual

Year of registration

2007

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

3 - 5 years

Bought Car

New
Review
Practical, comfortable, economic, reliable

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

DCI88, 1.6-litre to 1.9-litre, Diesel, Manual

Year of registration

2010

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

Used
Review
Love it! But made the major mistake of not buying a model with a sunroof, which to me, is a major requirement, therefore i will be changing to the same car with a sunroof as soon as i can, would recommend this car to anyone who enjoys driving.

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

, 1.0-litre to 1.5-litre, Petrol, Manual

Year of registration

2008

Average annual mileage

10,000 – 14,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

Used
Review
A pleasure to drive and just right for my requirements

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

, 1.0-litre to 1.5-litre, , Manual

Year of registration

2008

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

New
Review
For a smaall family car it does everything we want it to, amazing amount of room inside, we have three children the oldest is 17 and 6ft 2 he is quite happy in the back on long journeys, last summer we drove to cornwall, all the luggage and took the family dog, unbeliveable economy fully loaded as well, went like a dream, well done renault

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

Dynamique S, 1.0-litre to 1.5-litre, Diesel, Manual

Year of registration

2007

Average annual mileage

10,000 – 14,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

Used
Review
Very good. This car is better built than the last one (same model), and i am buying the slightly larger version (grand modus) next month. We find the car very comfortable, economical and practical. We especially love the large digital speedo, and also the cornering lights. It usually averages over 60mpg, and does pretty much everything we need it to do.

Owner Review

3 out of 5

Version

dynamique, 1.0-litre to 1.5-litre, Petrol, Manual

Year of registration

2008

Average annual mileage

10,000 – 14,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

New

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

1-1.5 litre, Petrol, Manual

Year of registration

2006

Average annual mileage

10,000 – 14,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

New

Typical MPG

36

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

aero, 1.0-litre to 1.5-litre, Petrol, Manual

Year of registration

2005

Average annual mileage

0 – 4,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

New
Review
Absolutely brilliant, its the most comfortable car i have driven. The overall visibility is great. The running costs are exeptional.

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

dymaniquicke, 1.0-litre to 1.5-litre, Petrol, Manual

Year of registration

2005

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

3 - 5 years

Bought Car

New
Review
The modus was a great wee car, you would be surprized what you can get in there, my only niggle is getting a head light bulb changed, the front of the car has to come off! Very bad design, the seats are not as comfy as the scenic,

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

privlege, 1.0-litre to 1.5-litre, Petrol, Manual

Year of registration

2007

Average annual mileage

0 – 4,999

Owned

3 - 5 years

Bought Car

Used
Review
This is my second renault modus and i find it very suitable for my needs, i know that renault does not have a good reputation for reliability but i am very satisfied with all three renaults i have owned.

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

Expression, 1.0-litre to 1.5-litre, Petrol, Manual

Year of registration

2005

Average annual mileage

10,000 – 14,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

New
Review
Practical and spacious town car that's happy to cruise at 80mph on french roads for hours at a time and return reasonable fuel economy. The kids love the big windows and driving position is great. Rear bench seat moves to give decent luggage space, legroom or a combination of both. Quiet and safe, although brake pedal could have more progression. I'd go for the diesel version next time.....

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