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As the car buying public has become better-informed and more demanding, car manufacturers have had to respond in kind, offering cleverer cars that fill more specialist niches. Take the Renault Modus and its stretched sibling, the Grand Modus. Back when most of us were learning to drive and looking for our first cars, we chose either a small hatchback or a saloon car. Alternatives didn't really exist and the public weren't crying out for them. Then car manufacturers realised that money could be made by spinning a number of different body styles from one expensively-developed chassis and it opened a Pandora's box of demand.
Suddenly buyers wanted four-wheel drive turbo estate cars, diesel sports coupes, dinky off-roaders and all manner of vehicles in between. The supermini-MPV grew first from car makers taking the interior design features of full-sized MPV people carriers and incorporating them into compact MPVs and then figuring why stop there? There are a number of supermini-MPVs and a lot of them are rather half-baked. The Renault Modus has long been anything but and in 2008, after four years on the market, it was re-launched in much improved form, the standard version now selling alongside a larger 'Grand Modus' variant. Here's how to snag a decent used one.
The Renault Modus is a slickly packaged and well built small car. The Grand Modus didn't quite sell so well, many being tempted by the perceived better reliability of its sister vehicle, the Nissan Note, but the Renault has fared well in customer satisfaction surveys. We'd opt for a diesel Grand Modus if we were putting hands in pockets. The extra space and the additional torque make it a very versatile car. It's pointless to over-specify your car though, and for local shopping and school run duties, a 1.2-litre petrol Modus might well be perfect.
Borrowing £7,500 on a Hire Purchase agreement over 48 months, a representative APR of 18.5% and a deposit of £0.00,
the amount repayable would be £216.89 a month, with a total cost of credit of £2,910.72 and a total amount
payable of £10,410.72.
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