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Rochdale Observer - - SCHOOL NEWS -

HERE are some cars that are more pop­u­lar than you think… it was only when I was driv­ing around in the 2018 Clio that I be­gan to no­tice just how many of them are on our roads.

And af­ter a while I be­gan to see why - this is a very com­fort­able and well-kit­ted out lit­tle hatch­back which has am­ple room for five and space for a rea­son­able amount of lug­gage as well.

Our test car was the Iconic TCe 90 model in a smart flame red, which means it had 90bhp from a diminu­tive 898cc three-cylin­der petrol en­gine that gave more than ad­e­quate per­for­mance pro­vid­ing you did NOT en­gage the Eco func­tion.

This made the lit­tle Re­nault a lit­tle dull to drive and, no mat­ter how many mpg it added (and I sus­pect it is not many) to your range, was not worth the sac­ri­fice - a bit like try­ing to swim with your clothes on!

So Eco but­ton avoided and it was a very pleas­ant week with the Clio, which looks great and is rea­son­ably cheap to run. The Clio’s sell­ing point is its style, which may not please all but is cer­tainly dis­tinc­tive. In­side is mod­ern and a lit­tle up­mar­ket with a tablet-style control screen on the nearly-but­ton-free dash.

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