Took a drive of Clio 182 today.
What a fantastic little car. With the recent talk of whether turbos were worth it, this served as a stark reminder of what a small car/(relatively) revy big NA engine combo was like.
Ok, the interior materials weren't Audi standards. The seats clunked a bit moving back and quite a bit of the plastics looked fragile. Nice leather/Alcantara though [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/smile.gif[/img]
That's soon forgotten when it quickly put a smile on my face. Agile, steering feel and a lack of understeer. What's this, the rear end helping out. Not felt that properly in a while. Excellent ride comfort, very chuckable and just great fun. I haven't smiled so much when driving in a while. Then there was the engine. A noisy lump, but it came alive and produced surprisingly little torque steer in the process. S3 quick? Well, maybe not quite, but not a lot in it.
My wife and I had drove it thinking about maybe one for her, but you know, well, I loved the thing. The S3 seemed almost a little boring in comparison.
This review was brought to you by a surprised S3 owner who's been reminded of the fun in driving a small, fast, agile car that handles well.