Renault Modus, a car for the most dedicated of people. Even if it seems like a strange and misunderstood car, the Renault Modus might be worth your money.

Launched on a slightly wheel-drawn and elongated Clio II platform, the Renault Modus wanted to be a smaller Scenic. Or a bigger Clio. Or a very small Espace. A relatively unique proposition in the car world in 2004, especially as the invasion of tractors with leather seats was just beginning. Tractors like the BMW X5, VW Touareg, Porsche Cayenne and the rest of the cars for shady people. That’s why cars like the Polo, Corsa and Fiesta didn’t sell so well, and the Renault Modus remained a very little-known car.


A little-known car but very good for the family man who has a tighter budget than a thong worn by a dancer in a club.

Why buy a Renault Modus in 2019?

  • Firstly, it’s a cheap car to buy and maintain. Especially today when you search the internet and see that most models are around 1500-2500 euro in 2019 and so absolutely everyone can afford them. However comes the question related to Renault Scenic, but a Scenic is 1000-1500 euro more, almost double the value of the car. So if you have a super tight budget with the door, a Renault Modus makes about 80% of what a Scenic does, at half price.
  • Lots of storage space. It’s hard to explain why drug dealers didn’t choose the Renault Modus when it came to hauling stuff. You’ve even got storage spaces in the seats. Seriously, you have to see how many storage spaces the Modus has.
  • The rear seat slides back and forth, one of the most important features of the Modus. If you have longer passengers… that is, tall ones, you simply slide the seat back. If you have children, you slide the seat forward and make room for the boot. It really is a modular car and twhy he car deserves the name Modus.
  • You won’t have much trouble with parts either because it’s built on the Clio II platform so you can find parts anywhere. And for specific parts you should know that the Modus is the same car as the Nissan Note, the only difference being the aesthetics of the front and rear. Renault Modus – the Lego set of the automotive world.


Renault Modus Engines


  • 1.2 MPI of 75 horsepower – The base engine that was also housed in the first Sandero and Logan, this engine does a decent job around town, but that’s about it. If you’re going on a long road trip with the family, get something else.
  • 1.2 TCe of 100 horsepower  – The Renault-Nissan feud comes to the facelifted version of the Modus. Nissan blames the fact that this engine loses all its oil just 200 metres from the factory gates, and Renault has reported a few cases of oil consumption, but nothing spectacular.
  • 1.4 MPI 100 horsepower  – The classic 1.4 “tear the tarmac” became famous on the Logan for its extreme reliability. There’s not much to say about this engine except that you have to be very dedicated to wreck it.
  • 1.6 MPI of 113 horsepower – Another simple and reliable engine for the driver who wants something simple and reliable. For an extra 2 euros in taxes, this engine is worth buying even over the legendary 1.4 MPI.


  • 1.5 dCi K9K with 68, 85, 90 and 105 hp – Versions below 90 hp have problems with the Delphi injectors that were manufactured in our country between two bottles of cheap alchool. As for general issues , the engine tends to forget the EGR valve on open, is sensitive to poor quality diesel (high-pressure pump fails first) and needs the timing changed every 4 years or 50,000 km.


Renault Modus General Issues

  • The central locking has a habit of closing permanently so you’ll have to make friends with the windscreen guys at the windscreen centre.
  • The automatic gearbox spoils the mood of the 2 Modus owners who ticked this option. That’s what happens when you put expensive options on cheap cars.
  • Headlights, as with any Renault, are hellish to replace and you have to remove the whole headlight and even the front bumper. And while we’re on the subject of expensive options, some models have technologies like cornering lamps, xenon and dual xenon.
  • And the list of electronics doesn’t stop there. Many models come with rain and light sensors, and if you know anything about Renault cars from the 2000s, I think you already know where things are going. The issues don’t stop there and go on to electric windows, electric power steering and even the fuel filler cap opener. Little by little, electrical issues haunt every Renault since 2005.
  • Coil packs are a weak point for naturally aspirated petrols in general and Renault petrols don’t escape either. Oh yes, these petrols start to consume oil once they’ve accumulated enough miles. Not exactly VW or BMW consumption, but it’s good to know. Although I doubt a Modus will get very many miles.



Renault Modus Verdict

A misunderstood but excellent car for those who want a family car and have their wife’s budget calculated  by the penny. If you know nothing but absolutely nothing about cars, then a Renault Modus may be the car for you. Yes, it has issues, but nothing serious. Although, most likely if you know nothing about cars you won’t even read this article.


What engine do you recommend? For petrol, I absolutely recommend the 113 horsepower 1.6 MPI petrol, although the 1.4 “tear up the tarmac” is not to be neglected either. As for diesel, I can only recommend the 1.5 dCi with 90 and 105 horses (at the same time).