Best diesel cars
Diesel cars tend to cost more to buy than petrols in the first place, but more often than not they’re less expensive to tax (thanks to their lower CO2 emissions) and return better fuel economy. In some cases, they may also have stronger residual values than petrol models, but before you buy, it's important to work out if you cover enough miles to warrant a diesel's higher purchase price.
In everyday driving, diesels are useful, with plenty of low-down torque that helps with towing and safe overtaking on a motorway or A-road. They’re also much less clattery and noisy than they used to be.
For this list of the best diesels currently on sale, we looked for cars that are great all-rounders. They needed to offer good value for money, comfort, practicality, a satisfying driving experience and those all-important low running costs. Read on to see the full list…