Parkers overall rating: 2.5 out of 5 2.5

Miles per pound (mpp) Miles per pound (mpp)

Reliable fuel consumption data for comparison purposes is not available for this model.

Fuel economy

A more stringent standard for fuel economy (WLTP) was introduced from September 2017, and this model was not required to undergo that test. Its fuel economy measured under the previous test system was 34 - 46 mpg. However these figures are less likely to be achievable in real world driving and so should never be compared to another car's mpg which was measured under the newer, more realistic WLTP system.

Four-door family saloons don't come much cheaper than this and thanks to the low price tag, resale values should be respectable, with the Epica expected to retain perhaps as much as 40% of its original price at three years old. There's also a servicing package available which covers owners for three years and either 30,000 or 60,000 miles. Prices start at £299.

The Epica doesn't perform particularly well on the eco front with average emissions of 196g/km of CO2 across the line-up. The petrol engine puts out 205g/km (210g/km if you opt for the automatic gearbox) but the diesel does better, with a figure of 169g/km, although that's still not as good as many similar powered rivals. The range is fairly economical, averaging 39mpg.

The Epica is expected to have a decent record for reliability. The VCDi engine is already used in the Captiva and there have been no reported problems so far and although the service intervals are quite frequent for a modern car, this should ensure any problems that might develop are picked up before they become serious.

Ongoing running costs

Road tax (12 months) £240 - £330
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Insurance group 24 - 25
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