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35 Euro Cars That Can Save America: # 31 - Renault Modus

Updated on September 30, 2008


The Modus is a great little car that does everything well with the exception of its price. It's way overpriced considering what else you can get in this class. Given that it shares an engine with the Clio Campus which is priced 20% cheaper, the bumpy modernistic styling doesn't quite give enough reason to pass by the Clio in the Renault dealership.


The Renault Modus Hatchback 1.2 16v Expression 5 Door is estimated to carry a North American net sale price of $13,944.74, given the prevailing market pricing of similar automobiles. Its 1149 cc engine powers the car to a top speed of 101 MPH and an acceleration shown by a zero to sixty MPH time of 13.5 seconds. The performance factor of 11.4 is average for its class. The Renault Modus Hatchback 1.2 16v Expression 5 Door returns 57.6 MPG in highway driving, 31.7 MPG in the city, and a combined loop mileage of 47.8. With a fuel tank capacity of 10.7 gallons, the car can travel 616 miles on a full tank of unleaded regular fuel, but when it's filled right up to the top of the fuel filler neck, the total range should be approximately 743 miles. When all these price, performance and mileage factors are taken into consideration, the Renault Modus Hatchback 1.2 16v Expression 5 Door scores a combined Practicality Index of 64, with 100 representing the best, most practical car available and 1 representing a Hummer H3.


Renault Modus Hatchback 1.2 16v Expression 5 Door •





Body Style • Hatchback

Doors • Number of • 5

Seats • Number of • 5

Engine Displacement (cc) & Cylinders • 1149 / 4

Valves • Number of • 16

Type of Fuel • Unleaded

Maximum Power (bhp @ rpm) • 74 / 5500

Torque (lb / ft) • 77

Engine Layout • F

Wheel Drive • Front

Overall Length (mm) • 3873

Overall Width (mm) • 1709

Overall Height (mm) • 1586

Trunk Capacity Seats Up (litres) • 217

Trunk Capacity Seats Down (litres) • 1302

Turning Radius (m) • 9.9

Towing Capacity (kg) • 900

Curb Weight (kg) • 1080


0 to 60 MPH (secs) • 13.5

Top speed (MPH) • 101



Metallic Exterior Paint • $375.00


Automatic Transmission • Option Not Available

Central Locking System • Standard Equipment

Remote Locking System • Standard Equipment

Power Assisted Steering • Standard Equipment

Seat Belt Pre-Tensioners • Standard Equipment

Driver Side Air Bag • Standard Equipment

Passenger Side Air Bag • Standard Equipment

Side Mounted Air Bag • Standard Equipment

Automatic Traction Control • Option Option Price Not Available

Electronic Stability System • $200.00

Anti Lock (ABS) Brakes • Standard Equipment

Deadlock • Standard Equipment


Adjustable Steering Reach • Option Not Available

Adjustable Steering Height • Standard Equipment

Power Steering • Option Not Available

Adjustable Seat Height • Standard Equipment

Air Conditioning • Standard Equipment

Split Folding Rear Seats • Standard Equipment

Power Front Windows • Standard Equipment

Remote Mirrors • Standard Equipment

Electrically Heated Mirrors • Standard Equipment

Power Moonroof • Option Not Available

Manual Moonroof • Option Not Available

Power Sunroof • $600.00


Radio • Option Not Available

Radio With RDS • Option Not Available

MP3 CD Player Enabled • $125.00

CD With RDS • Standard Equipment


City MPG • 31.7

Highway MPG • 57.6

Combined MPG • 47.8

Fuel Tank Capacity (gallons) • 10.7

Carbon Dioxide Rating (g / km) • 140

Carbon Footprint Offset Cost • $20.00

Eco Rating • C

Insurability Grouping • 4

Estimated Average Insurance • $323.00

Percentage Value Retained (3 Years / 36,000 mi) • 33.00%

Estimated Average Monthly Lease Cost • $233.00

Maintenance Factor • 34

Estimated Maintenance Cost Over 3 Years • $825.00

Maintenance Intervals • 12,000 mi

Manufacturer's Warranty Term • 3 Year / 40,000 mi


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