Used cars from the Renault range that you can buy so much cheaper than new, include the very popular Clio. Introduced in 1998 the original model continued until 2001. Three or five door versions were made available together with a wide range of engine variants that includes petrol engines of 1.2, 1.4, 1.4 16v, 1.6 2.0 16v. Two diesels were also produced for the economically minded; a 1.9 (65 bhp) and 1.9D RT (80 bhp). These excellent small cars sold in great numbers which proves their popularity. If you're looking for a small rewarding car to drive the Renault Clio, especially the 2.0 16v Renaultsport 172 3d version which punched out 172 bhp and is capable of 138 miles an hour and zero to sixty in around seven seconds. If you're not so interested in straight-line performance, but prefer something both economical and reliable, then you would probably enjoy either of the two 1.9 diesel versions, which can achieve 50 miles per gallon without too much effort. Expect prices for a 2000 1.2 Liberte 3 door to be around £3,000; a 2001 1.4 16v Alize 3door around £4,000. If you're serious about a diesel version expect to pay between £3,500 and £4,800 for a 2001 1.9 dTi Si 3door. These Renault used cars off cheap motoring and should prove reliable.
If a Clio is too small the next model up is the Megane in either hatchback, coupe or cabriolet body styles. Introduced in 1996 the Megane proved very popular and used versions built between 1996 and 2003 should be fairly easy to find. This particular used Renault is a roomy medium sized vehicle and was offered with a wide variety of strong petrol engines of the following sizes and power: 1.4 (75 bhp), 1.4 16v (95 bhp), 1.6e (90 bhp), 1.6 16v (110 bhp), 1.8 16v (120 bhp), 2.0 (115 bhp). Diesel variants were a 1.9 (65 bhp), 1.9dTi (100 bhp) and a newer (2000 onwards) 1.9dTi (80 bhp) or 1.9 dCi (105 bhp). Renault used cars such as the Megane will survive well into the twenty first century as they are not prone to rust and appear generally reliable. Both the Coupe and Cabriolet versions offer style and performance for a small outlay in the used cars marketplace. The Coupe engine range starts with the 1.4 16v and peaks with a sporty 2.0 (150 bhp) that is capable of 134 miles and hour and zero to sixty in a little over eight seconds.
The Cabriolet was produced in two engine sizes either 1.6 (90 - 110bhp) and 2.0 (140 - 150 bhp). Expect to pay between £4,500 and £7,000 (depending on condition) for a 2.0 16v IDE Privilege Coupe of 2002 vintage. The Cabriolet 2.0 16v IDE Privilege + 2d (2003) will set you back between £6,500 and £10,300. However you could purchase a Megane hatchback and experience some of what the other stylish models produce for much less. For example a 1.8 16v Expression 5 door (2002) would be between £3,400 and £4,700, while a nippy 1.6 16v Authentique 5 door (2002) would cost between £3,000 and £4,300. If you are determined to buy a diesel then the 1.9 dCi Expression +5 should be between £3,800 and £5,000, again depending on condition.
The Renault used cars described above offer practicity with a good measure of performance whether your interest lays in straight line or economy. In addition stylish Renault used cars are for those seeking something a little different are also available, and cost much less than the comparable rivals, even though used Renault cars may be as good or even better in some dynamic areas. Purchasing a used Renault makes sense because you get so much for your money on the used car market.