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Car reviews - Renault - Clio - RS Cup

Overview

We like
Dynamic 1.6-litre turbo engine and dual-clutch auto, one of the most affordable ways into a hot hatch, grippy handling, sharp steering
Room for improvement
Harsh ride, tinny build feel, cabin plastics, sub-par infotainment system, FWD layout can struggle dynamically when pushed hard

The Renault Clio RS Cup provides a fun entry point to the hot hatch market

Renault logo14 Dec 2018

RENAULT has a long and rich history with motorsport, which has filtered down to its passenger-car range with its Renault Sport models, namely the Megane RS small hatch and Clio RS light hatch.
 
Along with the Peugeot 208 GTi and Volkswagen Polo GTI, the Clio RS is one of the most affordable ways into the hot hatch market.
 
The Clio RS is offered in three levels of specification – Sport, Cup and Trophy – providing varied levels of performance and comfort.
 
We tested the mid-spec Cup that features a 147kW/260Nm powertrain, dual-clutch auto and RS-tuned suspension, among other performance-focused equipment.
 
How does Renault’s pint-sized performance model stack up against other budget hot hatch offerings?
Model release date: 1 August 2017

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