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2017 Renault Trafic LWB Crew Review

Hi world! It was a couple months from the end of my lease, and I was needing an update for my work car. So with the end of my lease approaching, I started looking and dreaming. The work vehicle had to be robust, safe, fun to drive, comfortable and reliable. I have had four-wheel drive dual-cab utes for the last two leases (a Holden Colorado and a Mazda BT50) but I was growing sick of the sore back and rough lumpy ride out on country roads...

2018 Renault Trafic LWB Crew Lifestyle review

I've owned several vans over the years, as I've worked in the building trade most of my life, and because of this occupation, you get yourself into many different predicaments on a daily basis. I had an older model Mercedes Vito 112CDI – that was very good but ended up with too many kays. I've had two Hyundais which I had nothing but trouble with, but were very comfortable inside...

2006 Renault Clio Sport Cup review

Note: I owned this car for two years, from 2007 to 2009. “The past is a foreign country; they do things differently there.” – L.P. Hartley, The Go Between Human memory is a peculiar thing. The more time that passes after a particular chapter of life ends, the less linear the narrative seems to be, every time you try to revisit that chapter...

2003 Renault Clio Expression Verve review

Six and a bit years ago, I needed a cheap temporary car, and after a few too many drinks one night and an online auction, I became the new owner of a nine-year-old Renault Clio with 143,000km. It came time to say goodbye at just after 260,000km when a long trip overseas came calling, the list of things that would need doing in the future came to $1800, and the registration was due...

2011 Renault Megane RS 250 Monaco GP review

Renault has had a longstanding history with building hot hatches that are at the forefront of affordable front-wheel-drive performance cars. Some of the most impressive and insane hot-hatch hardware has come from this little factory in Dieppe (I’m pointing at you, Renault Clio Sport V6!)...

2015 Renault Megane RS275 Trophy-R review

I've always been a fan of the Megane Coupe, and in 2016 I was able to purchase one from Adelaide, then drive it home carefully in the rain back to Melbourne (Semi-slick Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tyres). I wasn't disappointed and have covered 8000km trouble-free since. This is basically a stripped-out Megane RS275 with BTC specs...

2015 Renault Megane GT 220 Premium review

I was looking for a sports wagon with space for some luggage and a bike in the back for weekend getaways, and fun to drive (aka some performance capabilities), coming from an Alfa Romeo 147 GTA that became too small (but what an engine). The proposition would be under $41K, and I shortlisted the Skoda Octavia RS wagon, the Renault Megane GT 220 and the Golf Wagon R, which ended up being out of the price range...

2018 Renault Koleos Zen (4x2) review

When you think 'medium SUV', you tend to think of those big sellers: RAV4, Tucson, CX-5, even Escape and Tiguan. But then you’ve got one that’s a little different – enter the Renault Koleos Zen 4x2. A whole size bigger than its predecessor, and almost as big as a Hyundai SantaFe, though only with five seats – big, comfy seats at that...

2018 Renault Trafic SWB review

My partner and I bought the Renault Trafic for our tinting business in regional Victoria so we could travel and be able to cut film out in the back once a false floor was installed. Another bonus is we could fit a mattress in too, which means we can also use the Trafic for personal adventures with our dirt bikes...

2005 Renault Clio Sport Cup review

Coming from a Japanese hot hatch background, in 2010 my friend had a 182 Cup and invited me for a drive around Healesville. Three corners later I was convinced it was better, and three minutes later it felt like I could drive near to its limits. In 2012, a Clio 182 Cup in FRB came up for sale with 29,000km, and I snapped it up for around $16K...

2014 Renault Clio Expression review

It's been two years since I last submitted a review on my little Clio (Theo), and in that time my love for the little guy has only grown. Theo and I have relocated to Melbourne now from Sydney, and he did a solid job on the drive down. I've also just come back from a trip to Tasmania, where Theo took my mates and I across the entire state...