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The 1.4s are very perky engines for their size, I love mine for what it is.

Spec wise, I went for Privilege as I'm a gadget-freak so it was the most packed one I could afford without going for the Initiale (which I couldn't insure) - How old are you? Having been able to insure an MG ZR 160 you may be able to insure a Clio 172/182 for similar money - these are powerful for Clios and can still come with extras like Aircon etc.

I wouldnt bother with the 1.6 - for the sake of ~10bhp it isn't worth it IMO. The 1.4 pulls very well, especially around 3k-4k (Peak torque) and will sit happily at 70-80 on the Motorway.

Consumption wise, I get about 28-36 round town dependant on outside temps and how I drive it. For a Manual you should probably get a few higher than what I get. On the Motorway, I had upto 45MPG so it can be quite frugal even with an Autobox.

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