The main reason I got a clio is i'm on a budget and thought and clio was the value car for around $10k. The main other cars I was thinking about were 180/200sx, but didn't really want a turbo (replacing it for $3k at 120k+ didn't appeal to me) and the clio's were newer/lower kms, so I got the renault. After 1 year of owner ship i dont regret it at all, iv'e had minimal problems and it's running well. And as for being slower than a 180sx, iv'e taken on 2 (both were modified, mines stock) and won once and lost once. (Modified Nissan turbos - 1, Stock RSC - 2 ) Also Renault owns Nissan or vise vera, so its a Nissan either way (Sorry renaultphile's but I come from a family of Nissanian's).