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Vehicle of the month

Renault Clio V 2019>

The Renault Clio has been on the roads in various forms for over 30 years, with the French brand hitting a sweet spot in the sector. The Clio’s success has faced fierce competition in recent years from longstanding key rivals and newer models from Korean manufacturers.

Despite this, it’s still one of the best-selling small family cars in Europe. In fact, it was the 2nd best seller in Europe for 2020!

The recipe for success hasn’t really changed from the MKI to the latest generation Mk V, offering consumers a cheap yet relatively practical small car that won’t break the bank on insurance or fuel costs. The other important ingredient is the neatly styled body, adding a little more curb appeal compared to more conservative rivals like the Polo. More ‘Nicole & Papa’ than VW’s ‘small but tough’ (a bit of nostalgia if you’re old enough to remember).

Interior space has never been what you could call huge but with some clever engineering, the latest model has a boot capacity that’s larger than most cars in the segment above, making it a winner for the weekly shop.

The handling on the Clio has been praised but it comes at a cost as the firm ride transmits shocks from broken tarmac, directly to the chassis. FAI have a great offering of the most commonly requested steering & suspension parts to meet your customers needs.

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