Best diesel cars 2019

best diesel cars 2019

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 2019 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

FORD Focus 1.5 TDCi Style ECOnetic 105PS

Small family Manual 6-speed 5 door / 5 seats
Compare
OTR £20,220
NGC
33 est
MPG
85 est
CO2
88

FORD Focus Estate 1.5 TDCi Style ECOnetic 105PS

Estate Manual 6-speed 5 door / 5 seats
Compare
OTR £21,320
NGC
33 est
MPG
85 est
CO2
88

ALFA ROMEO MiTo 1.3 JTDm-2 MiTo 95hp Start Stop

Supermini Manual 3 door / 4 seats
Compare
OTR £16,105
NGC
33
MPG
83
CO2
89

HONDA Civic 4 Door 1.6 i-DTEC Turbo SE 120PS

Small family Manual 6-speed 4 door / 5 seats
Compare
OTR £20,950
NGC
33 est
MPG
82 est
CO2
91

DS DS 3 Cabrio 1.6 BlueHDi Chic 100hp S&S

Sports cabrio Manual 6-speed 2 door / 5 seats
Compare
OTR £19,590
NGC
32
MPG
81
CO2
92

HONDA Civic 1.6 i-DTEC Turbo S 120PS

Small family Manual 6-speed 5 door / 5 seats
Compare
OTR £20,350
NGC
26 est
MPG
80 est
CO2
93

VAUXHALL Astra Sports Tourer 1.6 CDTi SRi 110PS S/S ecoTEC BlueInjection

Estate Manual 6-speed 5 door / 5 seats
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OTR £24,720
NGC
37
MPG
80
CO2
116

PEUGEOT 308 1.5L BlueHDi Active 130 S&S

Small family Manual 6-speed 5 door / 5 seats
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OTR £21,770
NGC
34 est
MPG
79 est
CO2
94

BMW 1 Series 116d SE

Small family Manual 6-speed 3 door / 5 seats
Compare
OTR £24,035
NGC
36
MPG
79
CO2
111

FORD Fiesta 1.5 TDCi Style 85PS

Supermini Manual 6-speed 3 door / 5 seats
Compare
OTR £16,065
NGC
34 est
MPG
78 est
CO2
96

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:25th Mar 2019

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