Mini are well known for their high performing diesel cars. One of their faster ones, the Mini Cooper SD first went on sale in 2013 and uses a 2.0 litre engine with 143 PS. When the third-generation Mini arrived in 2014, the Cooper SD version had 265lb ft of torque, allowing drivers to cruise effortlessly past slower traffic.
This sporty Mini Cooper SD has a larger front air intake, twin central exhausts and a roof spoiler. The Mini Cooper SD comes with six-speed manual as standard, with a top speed of 134mph. It can also go from 0-62mph in 8.1sec.
The ford focus diesel is one of the best-selling family hatchbacks in the UK. This reputation is built on their overall build quality, driver comfort, sharp handling, low running costs and good performance.
There are a range of diesel options with the Ford Focus, but the two main ones are the 1.6 TDCi and 2.0 TDCi. Ford also developed the 1.6 TDCi 105PS low emissions version to combat the negative environmental issues from the diesel engine.
With a lot of diesel cars, the extra weight of the diesel engine at the front sometimes effects the handling. This isn’t the case with the Ford Focus TDCi, and the handling remains sharp. As this is one of the best-selling family cars, there are plenty for sale in the used car market.
The Volkswagen Golf GTD is a diesel version of arguably one of the most popular quality hatchbacks in the market. The 2.0 litre turbodiesel isn’t quite as powerful as the Ford Focus, but the 6-speed manual drives smoothly and you feel that you can use all of the engine’s performance. The diesel version of the Volkswagen Golf has a CO2 output of just 109g/km, meaning you don’t put too
The Volkswagen Golf GTD has incredible steering, allowing you to drive with precision, and makes long distance driving. The suspension is sturdy, even in sports mode, and the car drives smoothly over bumps.
Adding to the cars appeal is the comprehensive selection of kit available as standard. This includes, cruise control, climate control and DAB radio as well as the great entertainment additions like Bluetooth and an iPod connection.
The Ford Fiesta is a great all-rounder car. The diesel alternative of the popular Ford Fiesta holds a really impressive engine with more torque than the petrol version, making it ideal for a small city runabout. Alternatively, on a motorway, the diesel version still feels smooth and comfortable
If you’re looking for an easy, reliable car which is cheap to run, a used Ford Fiesta diesel is a perfect choice. The 1.6 TDCi Zetec can go from 0-60 in 12 seconds. The Ford Fiesta is a safe and economical diesel car, perfect as a first car to learn in.
The kit inside the Fiesta TDCi is stylish yet very user friendly, everything is well placed and easy to understand. The seats offer plenty of support and can be easily adjusted, this is not the case for taller drivers unfortunately as the headroom is limited.
Another strong selling point with the Ford Fiesta TDCi is the connectivity offering, with most used diesel cars coming with AUX and USB connectors, as well as Bluetooth.
The SEAT Ibiza is a strong contender for the best diesel used car, with the 2012 version boasting a tax-friendly low CO2 emitting engine. Slow, but efficient, the 1.2 engine needs a bit of work to get speeds up on the motorway. However, it settles down when up to cruising speed, and if all that you are looking for is gentle cruising, the SEAT Ibiza TDI is perfect.
The steering and suspension were both improved from 2012 onwards. On the road, the SEAT Ibiza TDI drives well around corners, and the well-designed seats keep you comfortable on long car journey. However, for the taller passenger, the leg toom in the back doesn’t quite compare to that of the competition. Boot space is limited on the standard SEAT Ibiza TDi, but if you opt for the ST model, you get more room.
This diesel car has a stylish and modern looking interior. You feel like you’re getting value for your money as the car is reasonably priced, but SEAT haven’t compromised on the quality of the materials, especially when it comes to the touchscreen infotainment system.
The Octavia vRS TDI would be a perfect diesel car choice for any family. The 2.0 TDI engine is the same type powering the Volkswagen Golf GTD, giving you a more affordable diesel option.
The Skoda Octavia vRS TDI has strong acceleration, yet still manages to be quiet and refined. Being a sporty version, the Octavia xRS TDI benefits from sports suspension and a clever braking system to make the car feel more agile around corners. It’s a very enjoyable car to drive, and still manages to deliver on all the practicalities of a reliable family car. Thanks to the all-wheel drive system, the Octavia vRS TDI feels safe to drive in wet or wintery conditions.
When it comes to storage, this used diesel car has an impressive amount. The boot has a huge amount of space thanks to the long shape. The back seats offer a comfortable amount of leg room and head space for adults, and the wider doors make it easier to manoeuvre yourself and family members in and out.
The Skoda Octavia vRS TDI is a good all-rounder, easy to drive around cities, thanks to the automatic transmission, and quiet and relaxing on long motorway journeys. You also get a good choice of drive modes with this car, allowing the driver to change the steering weight, throttle response and volume of interior engine noise.
This diesel BMW 330d has a spacious interior and gigantic boot space. The 3-litre single-turbo option flies from 0-60 in 5.6 seconds.
The excellent driving experience in the BMW 330D means that it can turn effortlessly, even with rapid direction changes.
There is a general lack of feel you get with the steering, which would be the only downfall of the otherwise high performing BMW 330d M Sport.
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