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 5 door / 5 seats
Compare
OTR £16,450
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 £21,325
NGC
30
MPG
91
CO2
82

FORD Fiesta 1.5 TDCi Style 85PS

Supermini Manual 6-speed 3 door / 5 seats
Compare
OTR £14,795
NGC
30 est
MPG
91 est
CO2
82

RENAULT Clio 1.5 dCi Play 90 ECO

Supermini Manual 5-speed 5 door / 5 seats
Compare
OTR £16,005
NGC
29
MPG
88
CO2
82

NISSAN Micra 1.5 dCi Visia

Supermini Manual 5 door / 5 seats
Compare
OTR £14,315
NGC
29
MPG
88
CO2
85

PEUGEOT 308 SW 1.6L BlueHDi Active 120 S&S

Estate Manual 6-speed 5 door / 5 seats
Compare
OTR £22,275
NGC
31
MPG
88
CO2
85

CITROEN C4 Hatch 1.6 BlueHDi Feel 100hp S&S

Small family Manual 5-speed 5 door / 5 seats
Compare
OTR £18,850
NGC
31
MPG
86
CO2
86

VAUXHALL Astra Hatch 1.6 CDTi Tech Line 110PS S/S ecoFLEX

Small family Manual 6-speed 5 door / 5 seats
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OTR £19,375
NGC
32 est
MPG
85 est
CO2
88

VW Polo 1.4 TDI Match 75PS BMT

Supermini Manual 5-speed 3 door / 5 seats
Compare
OTR £15,575
NGC
32 est
MPG
85 est
CO2
88

VAUXHALL Astra Sports Tourer 1.6 CDTi Design 110PS S/S ecoFLEX

Estate Manual 6-speed 5 door / 5 seats
Compare
OTR £19,965
NGC
32 est
MPG
84 est
CO2
89

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:28th Apr 2017

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