No one can deny that the demand for diesel propulsion in passenger cars has recently experienced a significant upturn. With diesel technology and efficiency regularly breaking fresh ground in the new vehicle segment, the used diesel car market is ripe for the picking. The initial out of pocket expense for a used diesel car may seem high but you’ll save a pile of dough in the long run; especially if your daily commute is a long one.
Here’s a list of five great used diesel cars.
The Volkswagen Beetle TDI is powered by a 140hp, 2.0-liter four-cylinder turbo diesel engine capable of generating 236 lb.-ft. of torque. It is available in both coupe and convertible editions. The Volkswagen Beetle TDI is surprisingly spacious from behind the wheel (regardless of your height and girth) and it comes with a pair of six-speed gearbox options. The Beetle TDI posts fuel mileage ratings of 28-mpg city and 41-mpg highway.
BMW discontinued production of the 335d sedan in 2011, which means you’re going to have to go back a few years to find a good deal on this diesel-powered sedan. It’ll prove worth your while because it represents the automaker’s last effort to produce a quick and sporty turbo diesel powered luxury car. The BMW 335d features a 3.0-liter, twin-turbo diesel six-cylinder engine that generates 265hp and 425 lb.-ft. of torque. Fuel efficiency is rated at 23-mpg city and 36-mpg highway.
You may have noticed that there are more Volkswagens on this list than anything else. That’s because VW is the leader of the pack when it comes to clean burning diesel tech. The Volkswagen Golf TDI is another compact entry from everyone’s favorite turbo diesel manufacturer. A low-mileage, late-model Volkswagen Golf TDI offers a 2.0-liter turbo diesel engine that is good for 150hp and 236 lb.-ft. of torque. A six-speed manual or six-speed dual-clutch automated manual transmission are available and fuel mileage has been listed at 35-mpg in combined driving.
Despite the fact that the Mercedes-Benz E350 BlueTEC isn’t a cheap car to purchase new, in the used market these mid-size sedans fall into the affordable margin with some degree of regularity. The 2011 Mercedes-Benz E350 BlueTEC offers 210hp and 400 lb.-ft. of torque from a 3.0-liter turbo diesel V-6. Although it is a bit more performance-oriented than some of the other entries, it’s still very thrifty at the fuel pump. The EPA rates the Mercedes-Benz at 24-mpg city and 33-mpg highway.
The Chevrolet Cruze Diesel is the first turbo diesel sedan offered by GM since the 1980s. With the Cruze Diesel, the automaker set their sights squarely on the VW Jetta TDI and the Cruze certainly doesn’t disappoint with fuel efficiency ratings of 27-mpg city and 46-mpg highway. Nevertheless, the Cruze manages 151hp and 264 lb.-ft. of torque from a 2.0-liter turbo diesel; making it the most muscular compact sedan in the segment.