Few RCZ R owners are likely to run it as a company car, but those who do will benefit from the fact that this car emits just 145g/km of CO2.

On benefit-in-kind liability alone, a highly equipped RCZ 1.6 THP 156 auto might be more expensive. A typical 2.0 diesel RCZ wouldn’t be a lot cheaper.

Nic Cackett

Nic Cackett

Road tester
It's worth considering the optional metallic paint and the snazzy black mirror housings

Economy is as good as the CO2 figure suggests. We bettered 44mpg on our touring test and averaged 36.4mpg overall – or about 25 per cent better than many bigger-capacity rivals might return.

But younger drivers be warned: what you save on fuel and tax may well get spent on insurance. The RCZ R is in insurance group 42 – four groups higher than an Audi TTS, six higher than a Mégane RS 265 and seven higher than a Vauxhall Astra VXR.

As you might expect, the Peugeot's residual values aren't quite a match for the TT, but they're superior to the Scirocco and other hatches pretending to be coupés.

The car retains its back seats, but Peugeot would have been better off chucking them out to save a few kilograms, given how little room there is even for children back there.

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