5. Renault Clio 1.5 dCi - most economical cars

Renault Clio 1.5 dCi
20 Jan, 2014 12:00pm

All models in the new Renault Clio range promise low fuel consumption. Buy the 900cc TCe version with the £250 ECO pack (which brings longer gear ratios and low-rolling-resistance tyres), and its three-cylinder petrol turbo engine should return 62.8mpg. But the 1.5-litre diesel grabs the headlines here.

With the ECO pack, this Clio delivers an amazing 88.3mpg, while ultra-low CO2 emissions of 83g/km mean road tax is free. That makes it one of the cheapest cars to run on the market.

Buyers won’t have to compromise on style inside or out to cut their bills. The latest Clio is sold as a five-door only, but hidden rear door handles make it look like a three-door, plus there’s a wider range of colour schemes, decals and trim options for the body and interior than on many other superminis.

And the modern dash is dominated by a cool seven-inch touchscreen display. The boot size leaves a Ford Fiesta trailing, with 300 litres of space or 1,146 litres with the rear seats folded, while low insurance group ratings add to the appeal.

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