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Parkers overall rating: 2 out of 5 2.0

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 33 - 52 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.

Recent cars have been offered with three years warranty, servicing and breakdown cover. Useful, but nothing special and doesn't come close to off-setting the horrific depreciation from new. Insurance is high for this class and engines only give average fuel consumption figures.

45 is an environmentally friendly choice for green buyers. With an average of 169 g/km CO2 across the range, its emissions are quite low for a medium-sized hatchback. Eco-conscious buyers should consider the 2.0-litre diesel, which is one of the greenest models in the range. The range is also fairly economical, averaging 42 mpg.

Well-publicised 1.8 engine head gasket failure should have been fixed under warranty, but it seems to be a recurring problem. Older and high-mileage cars may have loose interior trim. Reverse can be problematic to engage, but this is a 45 trait.

Ongoing running costs

Road tax (12 months) £170 - £340
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Insurance group 15 - 25
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