Renault - Clio-GT
The Clio has always been a handsome supermini, and a moderate mid-life facelift has sharpened its looks with new, Megane-like headlights.
The Clio drives with the maturity of a considerably larger car - light steering is the only real dynamic weakness.
Seats are supportive over longer journeys but the ride quality can get bumpy over rougher roads. Refined at cruising speeds.
Solidly assembled, but cabin materials feel downmarket compared to some rivals, especially on the cheaper versions that don't get soft-feel surfaces.
The basic petrol engine lacks grunt but the other powerplants all offer respectable performance, and the range-topping Renaultsport 200 is a firecracker.
Still one of the biggest superminis, the Clio offers plenty of room for both front and rear seat occupants, and the boot is one of the largest in the segment, too.
Petrol versions are let down by indifferent fuel economy and CO2 ratings that are considerably higher than some rivals. That said, residual values are reasonably solid and the Clio is cheap to maintain.
Still one of the more expensive superminis, despite limited standard equipment on the more basic versions.
The standard audio system is lacks power and definition but the upgraded version is good and features iPod connectivity. Optional integrated TomTom satnav offers no discernible benefit over a cheaper portable navigation system.