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Updated: 13 Jan 2022

Should I buy a Renault?

Renault has a car for every occasion. Find out whether one of them could be perfect for your needs by reading our Renault car brand overview.
Oliver Trebilcock
Renault Captur

Renault is a long-standing French institution and an automotive giant, particularly after its partnership with Japanese brand Nissan. 

The French and Japanese marques very much keep their own separate identities, though. Renault produces adventurously-styled cars in mainstream family market segments – such as hatchbacks, MPVs and SUVs.

Renault’s best-selling cars are the Clio and Megane small and medium hatchbacks, family SUVs such as the Captur and Kadjar, as well as the Scenic MPV.

Renault has been a real pioneer of electric vehicles, too. Its produced the Twizy microcar and the all-electric Zoe - the latter is based on the Clio, but powered solely by batteries.

Interested in what Renault has to offer? Check out all our Renault car reviews.

How reliable are Renault cars?

Renault cars are reliable – or so the company's reputation would have you believe. But does the reality live up to the expectation?

Every year, we run an annual car survey where tens of thousands of people tell us about their current car and how reliable it is. Based on feedback from current Alfa Romeo owners, we have reliability data for new cars aged up to four years old, and also used cars aged between five and nine years old, and old cars aged 10-15 years. 

To see how reliable Alfa Romeo cars are, head over to our most reliable car brands page.

How much do Renault cars cost?

Renaults are priced in the heart of the mainstream family car market. Its cheapest vehicle is the Twizy – a two-seater, all-electric quadricycle (from less than £7,000), with the Renault Twingo city car a little pricier (from around £10,750).

The Renault Clio starts at £13,615 and the VW Golf-sized Renault Megane from £17,715.

Renault’s SUV range spans the Renault Captur (from £15,725) to the Renault Koleos (which nudges £40,000 at its top end). The Renault Scenic and Grand Scenic are also priced in the MPV heartland.

Renault Clio

Renault Clio 2013 slide

Renault Megane

Renault Megane 2016 slide

Choosing the best Renault car

Small car choices abound at Renault, where you can opt for the Twingo city car, the Clio small hatchback or its sister SUV model, the Captur. The Renault Zoe is a pure electric car of about the same size.

Practical choices are also high on Renault’s agenda. As well as the Megane (offered in hatchback and Renault Megane Sport Tourer estate body styles), you can look at SUVs such as the Kadjar and larger Koleos. While the Scenic and seven-seat Grand Scenic fly the flag for the traditional MPV.

Renault offers a four-year/100,000-mile warranty on its new cars. 

Find out how Renault cars compare to their rivals - see all of our expert, independent Renault car reviews.