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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 28 - 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.

Reliability is backed by three years’ free servicing and a three-year warranty; heavy depreciation in the first two years. More competitive equipment and lower prices mean 45 now rivals Focus, Astra and Golf rather than taking on bigger cars; it’s best value if bought used.

45 is an environmentally friendly choice for green buyers. With an average of 177 g/km CO2 across the range, its emissions are quite low for a medium-sized saloon. However, it’s worth noting that the line up has a high number of diesel models, bringing the average down and giving buyers more choices of low-emission versions. Diesels typically produce less CO2 than petrol engines with similar power outputs.

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 41 mpg.

No serious faults; proving reliable as long as the service history is adhered to.

Ongoing running costs

Road tax (12 months) £180 - £360
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Insurance group 19 - 25
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