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Best diesel cars 2020

best diesel cars 2020

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 2020 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

CITROEN C3 1.6 BlueHDi Feel 100hp S&S

Supermini 5 door / 5 seats
Compare
OTR £18,985
NGC
31
MPG
88
WLTP
CO2
117
WLTP

PEUGEOT 208 1.5L BlueHDi Active 100 S&S

Supermini 5 door / 5 seats
Compare
OTR £19,425
NGC
31
EST.
MPG
88
WLTP
CO2
109
WLTP

VAUXHALL Corsa 1.5 Turbo D SE 102PS

Supermini 5 door / 5 seats
Compare
OTR £17,800
NGC
31
EST.
MPG
88
WLTP
CO2
109
109-117
WLTP

CITROEN C4 Cactus BlueHDi Flair 100 Stock Only

Small family 5 door / 5 seats
Compare
OTR £22,340
NGC
39
EST.
MPG
84
WLTP
CO2
122
WLTP

VAUXHALL Astra Sports Tourer 1.5 Turbo D SE 105PS

Estate 5 door / 5 seats
Compare
OTR £21,395
NGC
34
EST.
MPG
83
WLTP
CO2
114
114-123
WLTP

HONDA Civic 1.6 i-DTEC Turbo S 120PS

Small family 5 door / 5 seats
Compare
OTR £21,120
NGC
33
EST.
MPG
83
WLTP
CO2
117
WLTP

PEUGEOT 308 SW 1.5L BlueHDi Active 100 S&S

Estate 5 door / 5 seats
Compare
OTR £23,290
NGC
33
MPG
82
WLTP
CO2
120
WLTP

PEUGEOT 308 1.5L BlueHDi Active 100 S&S

Small family 5 door / 5 seats
Compare
OTR £22,340
NGC
33
MPG
82
WLTP
CO2
119
WLTP

VAUXHALL Astra Hatch 1.5 Turbo D SE 105PS

Small family 5 door / 5 seats
Compare
OTR £19,945
NGC
34
EST.
MPG
82
WLTP
CO2
113
113-119
WLTP

VW Golf 2.0 TDI Life 115PS

Small family 5 door / 5 seats
Compare
OTR £24,900
NGC
34
EST.
MPG
82
WLTP
CO2
108
108-118
WLTP

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:10th Jul 2020

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