With petrol prices rising, eco motoring isn’t only good for the environment, but makes sound financial sense too. Low emission and fuel-efficient models are becoming more common and increasingly affordable, and now Renault has launched what it’s claiming is the cheapest ‘supermini’ eco car in the UK.
The 1.5-litre Clio Expression Eco starts from £12,450 – almost £1,500 cheaper than its nearest rival. The Clio’s super-efficient diesel engine produces just 94 grams of CO2 per kilometre and packs in an impressive 78mpg. That means if driven economically it can run for almost 950 miles on one tank.
It shaves 12 grams of CO2 per kilometre of the standard Clio engine. Super-low resistance tyres, revised gearing, green engine mapping, aerodynamic wheel trim and a fuel-saving rear spoiler all combine to create the eco savings.
As well as the obvious environmental and cost benefits of using less fuel, a big draw for the Clio Eco is that because its emissions are under the 100 gram mark, it qualifies for zero Vehicle Excise Duty. It’s also totally exempt from the London Congestion Charge and furthermore, business customers can get a 100% capital write down allowance. A recipe that’s good on the environment and easy on your pocket too.