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Renault Clio Expression

The cheapest Clio in the range still impresses with its drive and general big-car feel. It’s quiet, comfortable and – given the low list price – good value too.

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The cheapest Renault Clio in the range still impresses with its drive and general big-car feel. It’s quiet and comfortable and at this entry-level Expression, good value.

The basic Clio Expression trim comes with anti-skid control (ESP), electric door mirrors, Bluetooth hands-free calling and LED daytime running lights. It's only available with the 74bhp 1.2-litre petrol engine, while the the Expression+ gets two further engine options, plus air-conditioning and 16-inch alloy wheels.

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The 1.2-litre engine is some way off the class leaders, both in terms of refinement and performance, as well as miles per gallon and emissions. If your budget will stretch, we'd go for the diesel, which can return 83.1mpg and tax-free CO2 emissions.

Good points

The Renault Clio went on sale in 2013, and is now only available with five doors. It has grown in size and now has the appeal of a much bigger car. It is far more practical, well equipped and better to drive, too.

Bad points

There’s a bit more body roll in the corners compared to a Ford Fiesta, which can make the drive a bit uncomfortable for passengers. The steering is a bit light, too, which is handy around town but a bit disconcerting on the motorway. Pricing is higher than a Ford Fiesta or Peugeot 208, but you do get more standard equipment.

What you get

  • Folding rear seats
  • Passenger & Driver airbag
  • Height adjustable driver's seat
  • Front electric windows
  • AUX stereo input
  • Cruise control
  • Bluetooth

Recommended optional extras

  • Metallic paint
  • Rear parking sensors

Our choice

In entry-level Renault Clio Expression trim, there's only one engine to choose from – though if your budget allows, we'd stretch to the Expression+ with the 1.5-litre dCi diesel.

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Richard is a former editor of Carbuyer, as well as sister site DrivingElectric.com, and he's now Deputy Editor at Auto Express. Having spent a decade working in the automotive industry, he understands exactly what makes new car buyers tick.

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