The battle of the sub 1.0-litre hatches
So. Which of these tiny-engined pups serves up the biggest thrills? Top Gear finds out…
Posted: 29 May 2013
It's those little things that make the Ford feel tauter, more muscular - hell, faster - than the Renault. In the real world, there are probably more important things. In every proper, grown-up regard, the Clio - with its hectares of legroom front and back, its fresh, airy interior - is a huge step forward for Renault, a leap right at the very top of the city car class. But for making you feel like Stig's more talented younger brother at even modest speeds, it can't top the sinewy little Fiesta.
This is a myopic test, we know. For the vast majority of Fiesta buyers, sharp steering and lively brakes will be at best irrelevant, and at worst actively off-putting: your nan, we suspect, would prefer a bit of slack in her brake pedal, to save locking up and being rear-ended by a milkfloat. The Clio does everything you need from a city car, and Renault will quite rightly argue that there's a RenaultSport version for those after envelope-pushing driving thrillz.