Diesel engines have got a bad reputation in recent times, but actually, the modern versions are very refined and capable of matching petrol engine counterparts. They can also be very economical due to the fact that they have had to become more eco-friendly to meet new Euro VI emissions regulations.
For those looking for a budget diesel, these are the cars that should be on your shortlist:
The 308 ticks all the boxes that you want from a hatchback and it also comes with a low price when you visit reputable dealerships, including the best used cars Nottingham dealers. It has plenty of room for the family, a lot of tech and a cool style. In terms of performance, the 308 has a great blend of power and efficiency thanks to the ‘BlueHDI’ diesel engines. One example is an 118bhp 1.6litre which returns 88mpg and under 82g/km CO2 emissions (no road tax).
The new Astra is a huge upgrade from its predecessor in several ways. It is much more enjoyable to drive, comes with a host of fantastic features and technology and there are a few different options for diesel engines. The best is the 109bhp 1.6litre, which returns almost 45mpg with less than 90g/km of CO2 emissions – this means that you do not have to pay road tax.
The Megane is one of the best family hatchbacks available, but it is also very affordable. It has a bold and unique design, but holds an air of elegance and sophistication which is matched by the high-tech cabin. As with all Renault’s, it is incredibly safe and this will appeal to families. The 1.5litre diesel offers 108bhp and 76.4mpg.
There are many fantastic hatchbacks currently on the market, but you will struggle to find one better than the SEAT Leon and especially when you factor in its affordability. It has a fun and stylish design, it is great to drive and offers ample space inside. The 148bph 2.0litre engine returns almost 70mpg with CO2 emissions of just 112g/km, so you benefit from cheap road tax and low running costs.
MINI Cooper D
Perfect for city use, the funky MINI Cooper D is great fun but also very practical with the three-door model offering 80mpg and CO2 emissions of 92g/km (no road tax). As with all MINI’s, it is retro, full of charm and there are endless possibilities in terms of personalisation.
These are currently the three best bargain diesel engine cars to buy in 2017, all of which are cheap to buy second hand and affordable to run.