All things considered, then, these cars are actually quite hard to split. But by a whisker, the Clio takes the win here, nosing ahead as a result of its smarter interior, its quieter engine, and its perkier performance.
That said, if you happen to have a good relationship with your local Toyota dealer, you like the brand, or you simply prefer the looks of the Yaris, we wouldn’t dissuade you – it may not have won this test, but it’s no loser, either.
Volkswagen Polo 1.0 TSI 110 SEL DSG – £21,190
This high-spec Polo gets more kit than either of our two test cars, but it also comes with a less potent, less efficient engine – and it’ll cost you more. If you can live with that, though, the Polo is a class act.
Renault Zoe Play R110 ZE50 – £26,995 (after £3,000 PiCG) [SUBS LINK TO PICG PIECE]
This entry-level Zoe will cost you more to buy than a hybrid, but if your driving habits mean an electric car works for you, you’ll make that back in fuel costs over time. The Zoe will also be cheaper to maintain, though it isn’t as well equipped as our two test cars and shares the Clio’s cramped rear seats
Ford Fiesta 1.0T EcoBoost Hybrid 125 Titanium – £19,860
This Fiesta is only a mild hybrid, so it isn’t as efficient as our full-hybrid test cars, but it’s cheaper to buy in the first place. It’s also better to drive, with a smoother ride and more entertaining handling. True, the interior isn’t quite as smart, but it’s still well worth your time.
All prices are manufacturer’s recommended on-the-road (OTR) figures, correct at time of writing.
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