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Am currently thinking of down-sizing from my 2.0 16v Laggy Tourer to a new Clio (dCi 106 Initiale).

Was wondering if any owners have any views and opinions on the motor, both good and bad.

The main reason for change is financial. Is costing a small fortune each month in fuel (only getting 30 mpg atm) and also there is savings to be had in insurance and tax (35 as opposed to 220).

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Hello Paul.

An interesting topic, which I'm sure most car owners have considered this year.

If you have done your sums and it works out to your benefit, then I guess it really comes down to whether you can fit your lifestyle into a smaller car.

If you can, then your current car is an expensive way to transport a big box of fresh air around.

If not, then consider a similar-sized model (laguna or megane tourer), they have engines which will give the low CO2 tax banding benefits, plus as the megane will soon be replaced, you can probably get a good deal. Likewise, sales of larger cars are very slow, so a new laguna is probably not out of the question either.

I have no experience with any of these cars, but its just my observation and input.

Check out car supermarkets and online brokers, as there are mountains of metal out there remaining unsold.

Happy hunting.


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If you're thinking of buying new (or nearly new) and value space over outright performance, then have a look at the 1.5dCi Laguna III too. The fuel economy is surprisingly good for such a large car - in fact, both economy and emissions are only fractionally worse than the Clio that you're considering (they're quoting 57.6 for combined cycle.) The claimed 0-60 of 12.3 seconds isn't breathtaking, but it quite an achievement for such a small engine in such a large car. The fact that they're not selling might bag you a decent deal on a new one too.

Unfortunately, 1.5 engine isn't available in Initiale trim (or at least it wasn't when I last looked.) You can have it in a Dynamique though, which didn't look like a bad spec when I was having a mooch round one in the showroom the other day. If you're going to miss your DVD navigation, then it seems to be a sub-1000 quid option these days (it used to be 1500.)
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I found a spreadsheet which allows you to consider all aspects of motoring costs - it may be worth spending a bit of time to have a hard look at cost before changing your car

See link below where it can be downloaded
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