The standard 1.2-litre petrol can get 48mpg according to official figures, and it probably won’t be far off that in real-world driving. The more powerful 1.2-litre turbocharged engine can get up to 52mpg, though in the real world it won’t be quite that efficient. It will probably be better than the 1.4-litre petrol engine that preceded it, mind you.
Two diesel engines, a 1.5-litre and a 1.6-litre, were also available. While their fuel economy figures were admirable, it’s worth weighing up whether they’ll actually save you all that much on the forecourt, especially if you’re a low-mileage driver, and especially given the Clio’s age and potential for costly repairs that comes with an older diesel engine.
Those fuel economy figures aren't bad by any stretch, but it’s worth noting that from 2009 onwards, equivalent versions of the Ford Fiesta and Volkswagen Polo were better for fuel consumption.
Taxing the Clio should be pretty cheap, and certainly not noticeably more expensive than those competitors, but keep an eye on servicing and maintenance costs, as these can be quite a bit higher on the Clio than they are for its rivals.
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