The first thing we both liked was that you can plug a phone in and the car instantly finds it, and pops up an option to play music stored on it. I never bother in our Mini, because you have to switch through about three fiddly stages and risk losing 6Music.
Apart from that, the Clio whizzed about like a small bat out of hell, while returning pretty decent fuel economy.
I tried the even more gutsy Clio GT-Line 120 EDC at the Renault driving day. (On the road £17,395, as tested £19,965). Again, it was a thoroughly lively and engaging car to drive. This one had the six-speed EDC (Efficient dual-clutch) gearbox, and it was excellent, changing gears in a blink.
The only thing that would bother me if I owned a Clio would be the quality of the interior plastics, which are still – well, plasticky.
Its retained values, while not a disaster, are not the strongest, either. But if I was to buy this car and keep it as long as my mother-in-law has owned her reliable little Clio, I’m sure I’d enjoy it.