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Renault Clio review - MPG, CO2 and running costs

The Clio’s engines aren’t the strongest, but running costs and emissions are still very competitive

Although the Clio E-TECH hybrid is more expensive to buy than other fossil-fuelled versions in the range, it will no doubt produce the best economy figures and lower emissions. However, Renault is yet to finalise exact data for the petrol/electric model.

The single diesel option, the 1.5-litre Blue dCi 85, is still cheap to run – Renault claims a combined 67.2mpg and emissions of 109g/km. Like all Clio engines, the diesel is fitted with a stop/start system as standard.

The most efficient petrol-powered Clio is the TCe 100 with its turbocharged three-cylinder. It’ll return a claimed 54.3mpg on average with emissions of just 119g/km – for comparison’s sake, the Volkswagen Polo Match with an equivalent 1.0 TSI 95PS engine and five-speed manual will return 47.1 to 50.4mpg on average, with emissions from 127g/km.

The entry point to Clio ownership is the SCe 75, powered by its naturally aspirated three-pot. Despite its lack of forced induction, the engine manages to return respectable figures – 52.3mpg on average and 121g/km.

The highest-performing model in the range is the TCe 130, but despite its extra power this engine still offers reasonable running costs: economy is quoted at 49.6mpg and CO2 emissions at 130g/km.

All Clio models should prove to be affordable choices for company car users. The cheapest SCe 75 model in Play trim commands a low 26% BiK percentage charge, while the most expensive TCe 130 in RS Line trim only bumps this up to 29%. Low CO2 emissions across the board mean that first-year road tax (usually rolled into the on-the-road price) is very reasonable, too.

Insurance groups

The Renault Clio occupies insurance group 3 in the least powerful SCe 75 guise, but opting for the more powerful dCi 85 and TCe 100 versions brings a step up to groups 9 or 10 depending on spec. The most powerful TCe 130 is in insurance group 16.

Depreciation

Our experts predict that the Renault Clio will retain about 39 to 45% of its value after three years and 36,000 miles at trade-in time. By contrast, the Ford Fiesta is expected to hold on to around 37 to 49% – a wider range that correlates to that car’s broader selection of models.

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Which Is Best

Cheapest

  • Name
    1.0 SCe 75 Play 5dr
  • Gearbox type
    Manual
  • Price
    £14,420

Most Economical

  • Name
    1.0 TCe 100 RS Line Bose Edition 5dr
  • Gearbox type
    Manual
  • Price
    £17,420

Fastest

  • Name
    1.3 TCe 130 RS Line 5dr EDC
  • Gearbox type
    Semi-auto
  • Price
    £20,480

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