The Clio has always been a great little car, but this GT 128 provides a great mix of sporty fun and generous equipment levels. Okay, it's not the fastest hot hatch on the market, not by a long way, but it will be cheap to run and insure, while still offering an entertaining drive for anyone committed enough to exploit its chassis.
The Carminat TomTom navigation system is one of the best factory fitted systems I've ever used. You get most of the features that make TomTom aftermarket systems so great, but without the need for windscreen mounts and trailing cables. It's slightly disappointing that there's no touch-screen interface, but hopefully Renault and TomTom will address this for the next version.
The in-car entertainment system is also very well featured for a car of this size, and anyone with a large digital music library will be glad to see both a USB interface and Bluetooth streaming abilities. Add to that the excellent keyless entry and start system, great seats, climate control and auto lights and wipers and you've got a small car with big aspirations.
The Clio GT 128 has a base price of £13,985, but with all the extra kit seen on this test car, you'd be looking at £15,680. That may look like a lot of money on paper, but for what you're getting, that's pretty reasonable. And let's face it, most dealers are open to negotiation these days.
If you're looking for a small car that looks good, drives well, comes loaded with kit and won't cost you the earth to insure, the Clio GT 128 should definitely be on your short list.