New Clio 200 owner in the North West

Discussion in 'New Members' started by Matt Scarbro, Feb 28, 2017.

  1. Foxspeed

    Foxspeed "the new red baron" Moderator


  2. Christopher

    Christopher Paid Member

    756
    Manchester
    200 Clubsport
    Welcome. Lovely 200.

    Where in the NW are you?
     
  3. Matt Scarbro

    Matt Scarbro Paid Member

    223
    Clio 200
    Thanks Gents, I'm in Crewe :smile:
     
  4. Chris H72

    Chris H72 Paid Member

    46
    Civic
    Hi Matt, I still haven't taken the plunge yet as it takes me ages to reach a decision!

    But I'm very interested to hear your perspective on Honda as I currently drive a Civic 1.8 and have narrowed my search down to the FN2 civic type r or the Clio RS200. As of yet I haven't managed to drive either as all my attempts this week have been thwarted by work, family or the weather haha! So how do you find the Renault compares to the type r?
     
  5. Christopher

    Christopher Paid Member

    756
    Manchester
    200 Clubsport
    200. 100%

    If it was the FD2, DC5 or FK2. Then FD2.

    FN2s are awful.
     
  6. Matt Scarbro

    Matt Scarbro Paid Member

    223
    Clio 200
    Didn't see your question Chris but I'd agree with Christopher.

    The FN2 I drove had Bilstein B14s, lots of bushes and setup, a Quaife and a bunch of other bits but still felt like it had much less mechanical grip than the 200. Almost as though it was skidding across the road where the 200 was biting into the tarmac.

    The K20 is an absolutely awesome engine so the Honda wins there, but I must admit the 200 feels torquier in the midrange. The 200 has much better gear ratios too.

    The FN2 is certainly the nicer place be but the Clio feels special right away and I'm just not sure the Civic ever could!
     
  7. Chris H72

    Chris H72 Paid Member

    46
    Civic
    Cheers for that Matt, and also Christopher for your rather blunt response hehe!

    By pure coincidence I had a test drive in an FN2 today as it was sat on a forecourt on my journey home from work so I thought.....why not?

    Now this may not be too popular but I did actually like it a lot. You have to keep in mind that I'm coming from a Civic so it all felt very familiar and comfortable. Also that I'm no track driver and whatever I buy will see no more than a few quickish corners and straight line blasts to ease the depression of daily life, I will never find the limits of either car. I expected the ride to be very harsh but in all honesty it wasn't noticeably worse than my current car. Firmer yes but perfectly acceptable for me driving on my own. And the engine, well yes, the 2.0 vtec is a big step up from my 1.8 which is asthmatic and gutless. In short for the driving I do I could see myself being very happy with the Honda. It'd do occasional family duties too and should be pretty reliable and painless to own which is good.

    But....

    I was a little surprised at how quiet and refined it was even when the revs were right up there. My celica was very raw and more dramatic when lift kicked in. The Honda is smoother, more progressive and effortless but as a result doesn't feel quite as quick, even though it is no doubt quicker. I suppose most of the time they would be desirable attributes but I'm hoping that the Clio might be more fun. Well I'm sure it will be but I just need to get my head around what it is I want and need from the car. I may be driving a Clio tomorrow so I can get a better idea!

    Thanks for the help.
     
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