I have had my clio IV for nearly 6 months now and I actually love driving it every single day. Living with it on a day to day basis is great. The car is super comfortable, but when you really want to get some performance out of it there is more than enough to satifsy. 4 doors is big bonus and there is plenty of room in the back for passengers. I am over 6ft tall and have had 3 mates in the back with ease. Living with the gearbox everyday is fine too, in 'normal' auto mode it could be little quicker but nothing that the touch of the 'sport' button doesnt fix.
I love the look of both cars and if had no restraints (the Mrs not being able to drive manual, budget etc) then I probably would of chosen a Meg. But if you were to choose the Clio I can assure you will not be sorry. Either car will bring a smile to your face.