Renault Clio 1.5 dCi 105
Renault hasn’t been upgraded to give more mpg, so will be a good marker by which the rest are judged
Exactly how well does a standard supermini fare in terms of efficiency when lined up alongside lightweight city cars, hybrids and models with advanced fuel-saving technology? We included a Clio in our assessment to find out.
This 106bhp version is the most powerful of the three diesels Renault offers in the range, and all of them are based on the same 1.5 dCi engine. However, our test car claims exactly the same 61.4mpg official combined figure as the entry-level 68bhp model. Once again, this is down to the fact that a more powerful engine can achieve the same speeds with less work.
Nevertheless, from the word go, the Clio struggled to stay in touch with our leaders. Around town, it consumed a gallon of diesel every 36.2 miles – 7mpg down on the most frugal model in town, the MINI Cooper D.
As expected, once on the open road, it pulled ahead of the hybrid (the Prius was the only car not to top 60mpg), and matched the Bluemotion thanks to the long gearing of its six-speed transmission and its flexible engine. Add in a huge 55-litre fuel tank, and the Renault actually boasts the longest potential range of any of our six, at 617 miles.
This stood the Clio in good stead on the motorway, where it managed 52.1mpg despite averaging 69mph. However, even this excellent performance couldn’t prevent it falling 0.4mpg behind the Toyota overall.
Price: £13,560Model tested: Renault Clio 1.5 dCi 105Chart position: 6WHY: Supermini doesn’t get any upgrades to boost efficiency. How does it compare in this company?
Urban: 36.2mpg Cross-country: 61.2mpg Motorway: 52.1mpg Combined: 53.9mpg
In this review
- 1IntroductionThanks to a raft of upgrades, VW’s new Polo Bluemotion promises amazing fuel efficiency. We put it to the test as it meets the most economical cars in the UK...
- 21st Citroen C1Diesel engine has impressed in other Citroens in past economy tests. So how does it perform in the baby C1?
- 32nd MINI Cooper DWe see if BMW’s Efficient Dynamics package enhances the MINI without diluting its enduring driver appeal...
- 43rd Fiat PandaOur reigning economy champ makes a strong case for itself again. But has it been left behind by hi-tech rivals?
- 54th VW Polo BluemotionBosses claim it’s one of the most efficient cars money can buy. But will the upgraded supermini really deliver?
- 65th Toyota PriusIt’s set the standard for hybrid vehicles, and the Prius aims to clean up against the most economical diesels.
- 76th Renault Clio - currently readingRenault hasn’t been upgraded to give more mpg, so will be a good marker by which the rest are judged
- 8Facts and figures