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Renault Clio Sport 197 (2009)

by John Ewing,reviewed April 2009

Those hankering after a hot hatch can add the fleet-footed Clio Sport 197 to their list.
Prices are up compared with the previous model and hover $1000 below sibling Megane RS, though still in striking distance of key rivals.  

The 197 in the name gives the 2.0-litre, naturally aspirated engine's power output in horsepower, that's 145 kW for the metric-minded. It's eager to please and responsive through to the red line at 7500 rpm, while the close-ratio, six-speed manual is a slick worker.

Nimble handling, great grip, a flat stance through corners and strong Brembo brakes ensure driver appeal. Tyre sealant supplied instead of a spare wheel and the lack of steering reach adjustment get our thumbs down though.
Renault Spor Clio Sport 197 2009

For

Handling, grip, strong brakes

Against

No spare, no reach adjustment

Key features

Climate control, 17" alloys, alarm, single CD, cruise control, drilled aluminium pedals, leather-bound steering wheel

Safety

Dual front, front side and curtain airbags, stability and traction control, anti-lock brakes, electronic brake distribution, front and outer rear seatbelt pre-tensioners

Car Details

Vehicle make Renault
Vehicle model Clio Sport 197
Vehicle type Sports Under $80,000
Year 2009
Price when new $43,550 MLP
Current price range $ - $
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This review is based on road testing conducted by The Road Ahead. Further vehicle reviews, in-depth comparisons and coverage of consumer motoring issues can be found in the Club's magazine. Prices listed were current at the time of review and are manufacturers list prices and do not include statutory and delivery charges. Prices can vary from time to time and dealer to dealer.