Best diesel cars 2017

best diesel cars 2017

With diesel cars usually offering lower-running costs than petrol models, their popularity has soared over the past 10-15 years. No longer the unrefined units of the past, diesel engines are now smooth, quiet and efficient – returning good MPG and low CO2 figures. Advances in technology mean that long distances can be covered between fuel stops, helping keep running costs low.

The list below shows the best diesel cars available to buy and/or lease in the UK in 2017 according to your selection. The listing displays NGC Rating, official fuel economy and emissions figures, and gives a brief overview of the model.

Use the vehicle class and technology drop-downs above to filter the results and find the best diesel car for your needs. To search by vehicle manufacturer use the search box on the right.

Listing of Top 10 diesel cars
Key

Petrol
Diesel
Hybrid
Plug-in
Hybrid
Electric
NGC
Rating
NGC
Approved
MPG
Combined
Real MPG
(Estimated)
MPG
Equivalent

PEUGEOT 208 1.6L BlueHDi Active 75 S&S

Supermini Manual 6-speed 3 door / 5 seats
Compare
OTR £15,750
NGC
28
MPG
94
CO2
79

PEUGEOT 308 1.6L BlueHDi Active 120 S&S

Small family Manual 6-speed 5 door / 5 seats
Compare
OTR £21,225
NGC
30
MPG
91
CO2
82

HYUNDAI i20 1.1 CRDi S Blue 75PS

Supermini Manual 6-speed 5 door / 5 seats
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OTR £12,745
NGC
31
MPG
88
CO2
84

PEUGEOT 308 SW 1.6L BlueHDi Active 120 S&S

Estate Manual 6-speed 5 door / 5 seats
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OTR £22,175
NGC
31
MPG
88
CO2
85

RENAULT Clio 1.5 dCi Play 90 ECO

Supermini Manual 5-speed 5 door / 5 seats
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OTR £15,665
NGC
29
MPG
88
CO2
82

FORD Fiesta 1.5 TDCi Zetec ECOnetic 95PS Start/Stop

Supermini Manual 3 door / 5 seats
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OTR £16,295
NGC
30
MPG
88
CO2
82

NISSAN Micra 1.5 dCi Visia

Supermini Manual 5 door / 5 seats
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OTR £14,195
NGC
30 est
MPG
88 est
CO2
85

DS DS 3 1.6 BlueHDi Performance Line 100hp S&S

Supermini Manual 6-speed 3 door / 5 seats
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OTR £18,835
NGC
31 est
MPG
86 est
CO2
87

VAUXHALL Corsa 1.3CDTi Design 95PS S/S ecoFLEX

Supermini Manual 6-speed 5 door / 5 seats
Compare
OTR £15,130
NGC
32
MPG
86
CO2
94

CITROEN C4 Hatch 1.6 BlueHDi Feel 100hp S&S

Small family Manual 5-speed 5 door / 5 seats
Compare
OTR £18,750
NGC
31
MPG
86
CO2
86

Why pick a diesel car?

Diesel cars tend to be more expensive to buy than petrol cars but this is off-set by their lower running costs. With higher MPG figures and lower CO2 emissions, diesel models will go further between fuel stops and cost less to tax compared with comparative petrol cars. For many buyers, running a car is one of their biggest drains on their monthly budget and it is the diesel engine's efficiency that has seen it become increasingly popular over recent years. With lower regular outgoings, a diesel car will make back its increased purchase price quickly.

Much time is spent comparing the relative merits of petrol vs diesel, however an alternative, low emission and low running cost option for consideration is a battery electric cars or plug-in hybrids

Chris Lilly

Author:Chris Lilly
Date Updated:2nd Mar 2017

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