When discussing French cars, there are often disputes about their reliability and practicality. The fact is that a large share of production of French automobile companies are cars designed for mass consumers, i.e. affordable cars of middle and economy class. Nevertheless, in Europe French cars are not less popular than German cars, and comparing their characteristics of quality, safety, ease of maintenance, we can confidently say that the “French” are not inferior to the “Germans”. At the same time, French cars are cheaper than German cars with similar characteristics. We offer you five models of French cars, which are worth looking at and considering them as an option to buy.
Top 5 best French cars
In our rating there were 5 magnificent cars of French production:
- Renault Clio.
- Peugeot 3008.
- Citroën C3.
- DS 7 Crossback.
- Peugeot 508.
To pick up a French car with excellent performance and in good condition, we invite you to the auto auction in France.
A popular subcompact car that harmoniously combines stylish design, economy and good performance. The French B-segment hatchback enjoys well-deserved popularity and is one of the most sought-after cars in its class. The last fourth generation of Clio appeared on the market in 2012. The car was produced until 2019, but is still available from dealers. There is a choice of a 5-door hatchback and a functional station wagon.
As for the engine lineup, the 1.2L, 75 hp, 16-valve gasoline engine is a good choice for leisurely driving. Those looking for a more powerful version can recommend the turbocharged 1.2 liter, 120 hp, which was offered by the manufacturer before the 2016 restyling. If you are looking for an economical option, pay attention to the 1.5-liter DCi diesel. None of these modifications have design flaws that could lead to malfunctions and sudden engine failure. If you come across a variant of Renault Clio in good condition, you can buy it without hesitation. Such a car will serve you for a long time.
As for exclusive model copies, it is better to be careful with them, as they are likely to be in a very neglected condition, with high mileage. Such cars require a thorough inspection and, preferably, a visual inspection.
Stylish and spacious crossover-hybrid with advanced technologies and comfortable interior. The vehicle has an innovative, yet elegant and futuristic design. It is a real pleasure to drive, not only because of its excellent handling and dynamics, but also because of the concept of competent organization of space for the driver.
- smooth running, no knocking or vibrations, quiet engine operation;
- driving range on a full charge – 59 km;
- rapid acceleration to maximum torque;
- fuel savings of up to 40%;
- minimal maintenance costs;
- remote control;
- super modern design and high-tech stuffing.
A comfortable and compact city car with a unique design and good maneuverability. It is noticeably larger than the C1 and much more functional. The car appeared on the market in 2009, but it is worthy of the brand, and its design is still relevant and attractive. The advantage of this model is good protection from corrosion. If the exterior of the car looks flawless, but there are traces of rust on the body, it indicates either careless attitude to the body, or damage as a result of an accident.
This model offers a range of engines, of which the most reliable in terms of trouble-free operation is the simplest 8-valve gasoline unit 1.4 liters with an output of 73 hp.
DS 7 Crossback
A luxury premium crossover with elegant design and a high level of comfort. Paris is considered the center and trendsetter of high fashion, and DS 7 Crossback confidently claims the title of luxury-brand in the world of automotive fashion. It has the appropriate look, equipment and cost. Even variants of the car are named after the names of famous places in Paris (Bastille, Opera, etc.) In the basic version the interior looks quite modest, but in the advanced modifications it is a real gallery of art with expensive materials (wood suede, various shades), LCD-devices etc.
DS 7 Crossback equipment:
- petrol, turbo, 1,6 l, 225 hp, automatic;
- petrol, turbo, 1,3 l, 130 hp, mechanics;
- diesel, 1,5 l, 130 hp, mechanics;
- petrol, turbo, 1,6 l, 180 hp, automatic.
A modern and elegant sedan with high build quality and excellent dynamics. This car has become a real breakthrough for the manufacturing company and can be deservedly called the flagship of Peugeot. The car belongs to the D class (class of large cars). It is available in the basic version with gasoline and diesel motors (130-180 hp), but there is also a 508 GT with 225 hp. The car pleases with its driving characteristics. At the stage of acceleration, acceleration and movement on the highway there is a full feeling of strength, dynamics and stability. The car looks and works like a real predator. Quality materials are used in its creation and finishing, so it is comfortable in all respects. If we were to characterize the Peugeot 8 in two words, we would choose practicality and safety.