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 most financial sense. Here we count down our favourites...

29 August 2019
Skoda Superb, Audi Q7, BMW 3 Series, diesel pump

Diesel has had 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 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, an executive saloon or even a people carrier, 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. Volkswagen Touran 1.6 TDI 115 SE

Volkswagen Touran

Despite losing its class crown to the new Citroën Berlingo, the Volkswagen Touran remains an excellent MPV. It's spacious, good to drive and very well built, and while it does carry a premium price tag, hefty discounts ensure this isn't a problem. Our favourite 1.6-litre diesel engine may not be breathtakingly quick, but it copes well with any situation you throw at it.

Read our full Volkswagen Touran review or see our latest Touran deals

9. Mazda CX-5 2.2 Skyactiv-D 150 SE-L Nav+

Mazda CX-5 Driving

On the face of it, the fact that Mazda's largest SUV doesn't offer the option of seven seats puts it at a disadvantage. However, if you don't need to transport more than five people, it's one of the very best cars of its kind: it's comfortable, spacious and good to drive and offers a range of engines. This 148bhp diesel version pulls hard from low revs all the way round to its redline, so it feels more like a turbocharged petrol.

Read our full Mazda CX-5 review or see our latest CX-5 deals

8. Skoda Superb 2.0 TDI 150 SE Technology

2019 Skoda Superb f 3/4

The Skoda Superb is comfortable, well equipped and one of the roomiest cars in its class. With a 148bhp diesel engine under the bonnet, the big saloon will while away endless motorway miles with smooth power delivery and good fuel economy. It's a great buy, then, even before you factor in our Target Price savings.

Read our full Skoda Superb review or see our latest Superb deals

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