The best diesel cars

If you're a high-mileage driver in the market for an SUV, an executive saloon or something for towing, diesel cars still make a lot of financial sense. Here we count down our favourites...

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What Car? team
6 Dec 2019 11:00

Diesel has been given a lot of bad press in recent years, and while it's true that diesel engines – especially older ones – can be more polluting than petrol engines, a diesel-powered car still makes a great deal of sense for drivers covering lots of miles.

And despite the negative headlines, our independent tests have shown that the latest diesel engines can, in some cases, be cleaner than their petrol counterparts.

In larger cars, the low-down pull of a diesel engine is usually preferable to a petrol engine delivering its torque higher up the rev range. So, if you're in the market for a large SUV or an executive saloon, or are after something for towing, chances are you'll be filling it up from the black pump.

Here, we've rounded up our favourite diesel-powered cars. In each case, you can find out more about each model by reading our details reviews, and you can see how much you can save by looking at our exclusive Target Price deals.

10. BMW 6 Series GT 630d

BMW 6 Series Gran Turismo

Bridging the gap between the 5 Series and 7 Series luxury saloons, the 6 Series GT is a svelte four-door coupé that offers great interior space and superb build quality. Its infotainment system is one of the best around, too. Go for our recommended 630d diesel engine and you'll enjoy blistering performance (the 0-62mph sprint takes just 6.1sec) and plenty of low-down pull – it's our pick of the range because it feels effortless, everywhere.

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9. Land Rover Discovery SD4

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Land Rover Discovery

The Land Rover Discovery is one of the finest SUVs around right now. It's huge inside, both for your passengers and their luggage, is brimming with technology, has a comfortable interior and is just as capable off the road as on it. And while you might think that a 2.0-litre diesel engine would struggle in a car as large as this, the SD4 is actually perfectly fine for most situations – so much so that, unless you need the extra grunt of the more powerful SD6, we'd stick with the smaller engine.

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8. Range Rover Velar D180

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Land Rover Range Rover Velar 2019 front cornering

If you want the luxury of a Range Rover, but can live without much of its prodigious off-road ability, then the Velar is for you. It's luxurious inside, has a massive boot and the D180 diesel engine we recommend is also surprisingly economical. It might be the smallest engine in the range, but this 2.0-litre diesel still offers 187bhp – enough to haul the Velar to motorway speeds with impressive gusto.

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