The Reader: George Diamataris
The Car: 2017 Renault Clio RS200 Cup
The Mileage: 9800km
The Ownership period: 3 months
This feature was originally published in MOTOR’s April 2018 issue
Why'd you pick the Clio?
It’s something different, I’m sick of all the same vehicles that are out there. I wanted something zippy and unique. I looked at a Suzuki Swift, but I only like the new model.
However, I think it’s priced a little too high for the features it gets.I also like the five-year warranty on this. And the way they look, obviously. I like the colour contrast and I like the white on black, for the Cup Premium variant, which gets the leather and the black roof.
What do you loathe about it?
There’s no rear camera. So really it’s got everything else but that.
How often do you drive it?
I drive it daily. Except for the weekends, when I get out my AMG C63 Coupe.
I just enjoy driving it. I travel a lot, especially into the city. It’s a good city driver, and it loves the highway, too. It’s an all round good car.
Plans for the Clio?
None. I always keep my cars standard.
Do cars run in the family?
My son’s got a Golf R MkVI which he loves. I’ve had four Subaru WRX STIs. My first one was a 1998 WRX, that was my favourite. It simply wanted to keep on going. I updated them as my daily and weekend car.
MOTOR comparison: WRX STI v Golf R v Focus RS
Do you feel guilty that you left the Subaru tribe behind?
I feel disappointed they haven’t kept up with the rest of the pack. They were a cult car back in 1998, early 2000s, and it just got left behind. In terms of reliability, they’re bulletproof. The latest STI, they claim 4.9sec to 100km/h but they don’t do it. They are in the mid 5s.