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Renault Clio Renaultsport 200 Lux: Test Drive Review

Date: 20 May 2014

Renault has a history of producing small cars that are simply excellent to drive, the latest of which is the Clio Renaultsport.

Previous versions have been lauded as the best drivers' cars in their class. They have also had high-revving, non-turbocharged engines and manual gearboxes, which have added to their appeal among enthusiasts. 

Things are different this time, though. In keeping with the drive to lower emissions, the French firm has introduced a 1.6-litre turbocharged engine, which emits 144g/km and offers 44.8mpg.

The manual gearbox has been ditched too, in favour of a six-speed automatic item, and the performance Clio is now available only as a more practical five-door. 

It's still fun: the cleaner engine kicks out 200hp, it's good for 0-62mph in 6.7 seconds and the steering is still pin-sharp.

It feels a little softer and more grown-up than the riotous versions that came before though, and at 54.6ppm, it's outdone by the cheaper and arguably more fun Ford Fiesta ST-2 at 49.0ppm


Great fun and more economical and practical than predecessor