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Renault Clio Expression Eco

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"The car is potentially capable of almost 950 miles between expensive trips to the filling station"

"The car is potentially capable of almost 950 miles between expensive trips to the filling station"

What is it?

A Renault Clio with the firm's new Eco Pack attached. No barnstormer then, but according to the manufacturer, in its Expression trim, the car earns the enviable distinction of being the cheapest sub 100g/km supermini currently on sale in the UK.

Making a small car exempt from road tax and the congestion charge is a fine sales tool, and Renault had already managed it with the Clio, but the latest Eco effort lowers CO2 emissions further to just 94g/km - 12g/km lower than the standard Expression model with the same 88bhp 1.5-litre dCI diesel engine.

The improvement comes courtesy of additional tweaks beneath the bonnet - the Eco cars feature revised engine mapping and taller gears - as well as ultra-low resistance tyres and 'Aero' wheel trims.

Along with the Clio's tax-dodging status, the supermini's already impressive fuel economy has been slightly improved to 78mpg. That isn't quite class leading, but Renault says it's good enough to mean the car is potentially capable of almost 950 miles between expensive trips to the filling station.

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