You don’t need to be an expert to identify the diesel, rather than the turbocharged petrols, as the winner here.
Low CO2 emissions and high (claimed) mpg figures suggest the 250d is the one to go for if you’re concerned about keeping costs down.
Estimated fuel cost per year
|Fuel type||Pence per litre||Estimated cost per year *|
|Unleaded||128p||£1,238 - £1,711 *|
|Diesel||131p||£851 - £851 *|
* The estimated fuel cost figure is based on an annual mileage of 10,000 miles and is a guide to how much this model will cost in fuel each year. It's calculated using the model's average MPG (calculated from both town centre and motorway driving) and the average fuel price from around the country. Actual fuel costs will vary based on driving style and road conditions.
Ongoing running costs
|Servicing period||Variable in line with on-board computer.|
|Warranty||Three years and unlimited mileage.|
|Road tax (12 months)||
£30 - £465
See tax rates for all versions
41 - 46
How much is it to insure?
Vehicle excise duty (VED) varies according to the CO2 emissions and the fuel type of the vehicle. For cars registered before 01 March 2001 it is based on engine size. For cars registered on or after 01 March 2001 the VED or road tax is based on the car's CO2 emissions.
Pick the SLC 250d if you want low CO2 emissions – this produces just 114g/km despite being a sporty open top roadster.
Highest and lowest CO2 emissions
|Engine||CO2 emissions||Road tax (12 months)|
|2.2 Diesel||114 g/km (Min)||£30 - £145|
|3.0 Petrol||186 g/km (Max)||£465|
Second- and third-generation cars have been largely problem free and we expect nothing different from this mildly updated version.
Car checklist problem points
|Body||No problems reported.|
|Engine / gearbox||No problems reported.|
|Other||No problems reported.|