Covering all the bases, here's our view on the best diesel cars to have on your shortlist if you're buying a car in 2019
Diesel engines have come in for a lot of criticism lately, and as a result sales have been sliding. But visions of diesel cars pumping out toxic gases and polluting the atmosphere are rather wide of the mark, because the latest diesel cars are cleaner than ever. Yes, they do pollute, but anti-diesel campaigners are placing the focus on the wrong type of diesel, because the latest models have lots of technology on board to help reduce the harmful gases they pump out.
Today’s diesel cars are a far cry from the noisy, rattly, smoky diesels of old. They use clever filters and additional measures that are designed to cut tail pipe emissions, and one study has estimated that you would need to put 42 million new diesel cars on the road to match a coal-fired power station for harmful nitrogen oxide emissions.
The reputation of diesel wasn’t helped by Volkswagen and the Dieselgate scandal. It fitted devices to some of its TDI engines to achieve better emissions results in lab tests than in everyday driving. But even the VW story was concentrated on older diesel engines, and the current ones are just as clean and efficient as rival powerplants.
As part of the fallout of the diesel backlash, some manufacturers have rolled back on the number of diesel models they offer, but on the whole, a diesel car is still a sound choice for the new car buyer. And here we rate 10 of the best diesel cars on sale in the UK today.
These models offer smooth driving, great efficiency and plenty of power for everyday needs, although you should still consider whether a diesel model suits your needs. If you do lots of short, urban low-speed journeys, then you won’t be getting the best from a diesel, and a petrol, hybrid or electric model might be a better bet – and it’s part of the reason why so few small cars are offered with diesel engines.
Diesel is still the engine of choice if you cover longer distances, as it’s more fuel efficient than a petrol, while the torque of a diesel engine means they’re well suited to towing, but without harming fuel economy too severely. So, without further ado, here are 10 of the best diesel cars currently on sale.
Best diesel automatics
The 10 cars here are just an overview of the diesel market, but many of them would also appear in our list of diesel autos. Cars like the Volvo XC90, Audi A7 and Mercedes S 350 d come with autos as standard, while family hatchbacks like the Megane, Civic and Golf offer autos as an option. Of these, VW’s DSG twin-clutch auto is a slick performer, with barely perceptible shifts that are designed to make the most of the diesel engine’s efficiency. It’s also the same gearbox option on the Skoda Kodiaq, while the addition of four-wheel drive gives the big Skoda more off-road ability than any owner is likely to ever need. The Jaguar XE is well suited to an auto box, and the eight-speed ZF-sourced unit is a perfect match to the more powerful 2.0d 180 motor.
If all of this sounds great, then check out what we think are the best diesel cars for a buyer in 2019. Click on the links below or at the top left of this page to find out more about these great diesel models on sale…
Best diesel cars to buy in 2019
- • Renault Megane dCi 110
- • Vauxhall Astra 1.6 CDTi 136
- • Jaguar XE 2.0d 180
- • Mercedes-Benz S 350 d
- • Volvo XC90 D5 PowerPulse
- • Skoda Kodiaq 2.0 TDI 150
- • Honda Civic i-DTEC
- • Citroen Grand C4 SpaceTourer 1.6 BlueHDi 120
- • Audi A7 TDI 55
- • Volkswagen Golf 2.0 TDI 150
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