Is a Renault Clio a good first car for new drivers?

Is a Renault Clio a good first car for new drivers?

Buying your first car can be a confusing and an intimidating process. According to the Society of the Irish Motor Industry (SIMI), last year a total of 131,356 new passenger cars were sold in Ireland, and we guess that quite a few were purchased by first-time drivers. Since you have a variety of models and styles to choose from, the experts at Kearys Motor Group are always trying to match people with the perfect new car. One of our favorites for first-time car buyers is the all-new 2018 Renault Clio. Let's take a closer look at why this intriguing and innovative vehicle is a great way to start a lifetime of driving fun.

Affordable and Versatile

A first car needs to be both affordable and versatile. The 2018 Renault Clio is available in three trim levels, petrol and diesel powered. On top of this, you also get a choice of both a five and six-speed manual and dCi 90 six-speed automatic transmissions as well a combined fuel consumption rating as low as 3.2 L/100km. It's important to note that this compact hatchback is also quite roomy with a 300L boot and 60/40 split-fold rear seat bench.

Power and Performance

If you go with a Renault Clio, you can be sure that your first car won't be underpowered. This sporty hatchback comes with a selection of petrol and diesel engines that include:

  • 1.2 16v 75 engine that puts out 54kw of power and 107 Nm maximum torque
  • Energy TCe90 engine that produces 66 km of power and up to 150 Nm maximum torque
  • Energy dCi90 engine with a maximum torque of 220 Nm and 60 km of power
  • Energy dCi 110 engine that produces 260 Nm of torque and a CO2 g/km of 90

If you equip the Renault Clio with the Eco driving system it will analyze your driving style allow you to reduce your fuel consumption even further. If a smooth ride is important for your first car, the 2018 Renault Clio offers power assisted steering, a max speed of 194 kph, MacPherson type front suspension, and torsion beam rear suspension with programmed deflection.


Everyone in your life can have confidence in the safety of the 2018 Renault Clio. Some of the most exciting safety features available for this car include:

    • ABS + Active Emergency Braking
    • Electronic Stability Program
  • Driver and passenger front, side, head, and thorax airbags
    • Tyre Pressure Warning Light
    • ISOFIX child seat fixing points

Technology and Comfort

Perhaps one of the best reasons to make the Renault Clio your first car, is its innovative technology and practical comfort. Depending on the trim level you can stay connected with the world of thanks to the Renault MediaNav system that includes a seven-inch touch screen, 4x20W FM/AM/DAB radio, and Navteq Satellite Navigation system. For your comfort, there is automatic climate control and the Horizon Pack that features a panoramic sunroof, extra tinted windows, and tailgate.

Take a Test Drive

To book a test-drive of the 2018 Renault Clio, all you need to do is contact Kearys Motor Group today. While you're here, make sure to ask about our entire selection of new and pre-owned vehicles and how each would make a great first car for you or a family member.

META: Discover why the sporty, economical, and dashing 2018 Renault Clio from Kearys Motor Group is the perfect first car for drivers around Cork.


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