• Published: 4 May 2022

Dispelling some rumours about diesel cars, they’re still fighting fit! They still offer value for money in terms of fuel costs, and some that are registered before April 2017 can even be £0 to tax. 

Kia Sportage

You’ll find a range of great extras on all trims. The entry level trim comes equipped with the likes of cruise control, Bluetooth, DAB and more. The more expensive trims come with extras like a heated steering wheel, front parking sensors and loads more. 

Kia Sportage owners said that they love the heated seats and comfort of the SUV. However, some said that it perhaps wasn’t the most fun car to drive and some may find it a bit bulky for town and city driving.

Mercedes A Class

This premium hatchback is not only draped in style, it also has reliable German engineering for your peace of mind. With the A180d model, you can achieve up to 80.7mpg! So, you won’t be worrying about filling up too often. 

The 2017 Mercedes entry level trim, SE, comes with a reversing camera, 16” alloys and cruise control. Mercedes A Class owners tend to say they love the speed and the enjoyment of the drive. 

Ford Fiesta

For great fuel performance, look out for Fiestas with the 1.5 TDCi engine. This can achieve up to 88.3mpg.  If you get a model that was registered before 2017, a lot of them are likely to be £0 to tax.

Fiesta owners said that they love the heated front windscreen and found it easy to drive. But some felt like it needed a bigger boot.

Audi A3

This stylish premium hatchback proves popular. If you go for the 2.0L TDI model, then you will find it will get up to 64.2mpg on average!

Generally speaking, you’ll find handy extras on the lowest SE trim too. Features like cruise control and Bluetooth on the 2017 models are popular among drivers. However, if you go for the S-Line trim, you’ll be cruising in style wherever you go.

BMW 3 Series

This gorgeous piece of German engineering is a favourite for many for the commute, and it’s easy to see why.

On the entry level trim you can expect to find Bluetooth and DAB radio. As you move up the trims you can cater to your style. The M Sport trim, the M Sport shadow edition and Luxury are popular among many. 

If you opt for the 320d Efficient Dynamics Plus, you may be able to achieve 72.4mpg on average. Additionally, if you get a model that is registered before 2017, then it’s likely to be very affordable in terms of tax too!

BMW 1 Series

The hatchback is great for the town and adds style and a premium feel for the everyday runaround.

On the entry level trim, you can find DAB radio, Bluetooth and USB connectivity. Additionally, on certain models if you go up to M Sport, then you’ll get added style, finesse and a range of alloys.

And it’s not too bad on your finances either. This diesel car has a multitude of engines to choose from. But if you pick the 116d EfficientDynamics Plus model then you can achieve up to 83.1mpg on average. Just to top it off,  if it was registered before 2017, it might even be £0 to tax!

Vauxhall Insignia

The Insignia is classed as a hatchback, the smooth shape and great interior room means it is great for commutes and families too.

If you do a little shopping around, then there are a variety of engines you can find on the used market. The 2.0 CDTi ecoFLEX version, however, is the most financially beneficial model. This can achieve up to 76.3mpg on average. 

Vauxhall Insignia owners said that they love how comfortable and economical it is, but would like automatic updates on the maps on the SatNavs.

Ford Focus

The Focus has more room than the Fiesta, but still the same styling. Additionally, the entry level trim of Zetec, is equipped with plenty of extras. Meaning you don’t have to pay too much to get all the equipment you want.

Fords are known for their efficient EcoBoot Engines. These are small turbocharged engines, which gives the car more power, with less of the weight and greater fuel efficiency.

However, the best engine for the Focus if we were accounting for finances, is the 1.5 TDCi 105 ECOnetic engine. It can get up to 83.1mpg on average. The best part is, if you were to choose a model which was registered before the 1st April 2017, then you are likely to pay £0 in road tax too. 

Nissan Qashqai

The 1.5 dCi engine is the best for efficiency as it can achieve up to 74.3mpg on average. Similar to many of the cars above, if you choose a model which was registered before April 2017, it may be eligible for £0, £20, or just £30 road tax.

The Quashaui engine has been refined over the years. This means you may even find that later models have better diesel MPG compared to older ones.

If you go for the entry level trim, the Visia, you can find extras like Bluetooth and AUX. However,  if you look a little further at the Tekna trim then you can enjoy SatNav and DAB too. 

The space and reliability of the Quashquai is a big selling point.

Volkswagen Golf

When it comes to choosing a diesel version of the Golf and you’re looking for value for money, then we would recommend you opt for the 1.6 TDi 110 Bluemotion engine. This can achieve up to 88.3mpg on average. If you get a model which was registered before the 1st April 2017, then you may even find that it’s £0 to tax also.

It’s worth noting that the 105 version (1.6 TDi 105) engine still gets a great 74mpg. But if you’re looking for more of a performance diesel, why not check out the GTD. The 2.0 TDi diesel engine can produce a massive 184bhp, and some models can even couple that with over 60mpg!

The Golf also has options if you’re not after a hatchback. The estate has plenty of room for the commute or the family, and the coupe version is great for those summer drives. 

The Volkswagen has a lot to offer when it comes to trims and extras too. The entry level trim, the S, comes with DAB. One step up, the SE or Match trim, lets you enjoy cruise control and parking sensors too. 


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