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Parkers overall rating: 3 out of 5 3.0

The Modus starts at a few thousand above the basic hatchback price level, but a discount should be forthcoming as sales had had a relatively slow start. They should also be cheap to insure and fuel consumption is good on petrol models and better on diesels.

The Modus is an environmentally friendly model and it's the diesel models that have the lowest emissions - less than 129g/km of CO2 in some cases which makes then cheap to tax. Both 1.2-litre models are frugal - averaging 48mpg but the diesel manages an impressive 63mpg.

This is an area where Renault claims to have made improvements but there have been numerous recalls for the Modus since it was launched - the first coming just 12 months after it went on sale.

Estimated fuel cost per year

Fuel type Pence per litre Estimated cost per year *
Unleaded 128p £1,164 - £1,616 *
Diesel 131p £876 - £993 *

* 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.

Highest and lowest CO2 emissions

Engine CO2 emissions Road tax (12 months)
1.5 DCI (88bhp) Diesel 107 g/km (Min) £20
1.6 Petrol 185 g/km (Max) £260

Ongoing running costs

Road tax (12 months) £20 - £260
See tax rates for all versions
Insurance group 5 - 14
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.